Cooling towers are used in many Atlanta, GA commercial facilities for effective air conditioning. Commercial HVAC systems with cooling towers are more energy efficient than other units, but how do they work? With the most functional system required for your facility’s cooling needs, such cooling systems provide an answer to the problem.
What Are Cooling Towers?
A cooling tower gets rid of unwanted heat from chillers. To do this, it pumps water to the top of the tower and moves down flow plates to the basin. Air goes through the plates and over the water, which releases heat via evaporation.
How Cooling Towers Work in Commercial HVAC
The aim of HVAC systems in commercial buildings is to heat and cool an incredibly large area. Because of this, the size of units must proportionally increase to the space they want to supply conditioned air. Cooling towers fit in here. They are bigger, sturdier, and take on more work than smaller systems. When used in a commercial HVAC, cooling towers allow for high-quality air with far less energy.
Condenser coils are the main focus of these tower systems. Coils generate a lot of heat as the system cycles. When they overheat, problems start to arise with the air conditioning. Cooling towers move cold water through the warm coils, then into a heat exchanger.
A heat exchanger pulls the heat from the water and pushes it back to the coils, which reduces the amount of work for the system as a whole.
Because commercial HVAC units need to cool such large areas, this provides a smart solution to sudden break downs. The work an HVAC unit does to cool commercial spaces far exceeds that of a residential unit, so these towers provide a needed crutch for the unit. Cooling towers take away some of the pressure for the HVAC system, which lessens the chance of a breakdown.
Because cooling towers are their own beast in terms of cooling technology, they require specific maintenance. Here are some tips for their maintenance:
- Clean thoroughly. Water pools for long periods of time in a cooling tower, which presents the potential for bacterial growth. Properly disinfect and maintain the interior of the cooling tower at least two times a year to prevent harmful bacteria from forming.
- Clean scale deposits. Minerals present in evaporated water stick to cooling towers, which decreases the efficiency of the system. Remove limescale buildup two to three times a year for a functional cooling tower.
- Treat the water. Water quality plays a large part in the functionality of cooling towers. System breakdowns occur more often when your water isn’t top quality. Water treatments ensure your water is the highest quality and does not damage your cooling tower.
Cooling Tower Services from Estes Commercial
Cooling towers provide commercial HVAC systems with a much-needed pressure reliever. Because they are so helpful, consider them for your commercial space. Heat and Georgia go hand-in-hand, but you don’t have to suffer through high temperatures when you have the help of an effective cooling system.
For more information about these benefits, give Estes’ Commercial team a call. We provide free service estimates and perform commercial HVAC maintenance, repairs and installations.
Estes Commercial also provides building automation system solutions as well as thermostats/controls and ventilation help. You’ll find us helping commercial customers throughout Atlanta, including Dunwoody, Decatur, Roswell, Peachtree City and Kennesaw.
We also serve customers in Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, Virginia Highland, Druid Hills, Midtown, Buckhead, Marietta and Fayetteville.