Summer is in full swing and the heat is on! If you’re like many building owners, you may be looking for ways to cool your property down. Thankfully, there are a number of cooling options available to you. They can be established systems such as district cooling, centralised cooling system, or the emerging Cooling as a Service model. But how do you know which system is right for your building? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of each type of cooling system?
District cooling system
A district cooling system is a network of underground pipes that delivers chilled water to multiple buildings in an area. The water is cooled at a central plant before being distributed to customer properties through a series of underground pipelines. The system is typically used in high-density urban areas where space is limited and the heat from buildings can create an “urban heat island” effect. By cooling the water at a central plant, the system is able to provide a cooling solution than traditional air conditioning systems. In addition, the system has the added benefit of reducing noise pollution and improving air quality by eliminating the need for on-site mechanical equipment.
Cooling as a Service for building cooling system
Are you a building owner looking for a cost-effective building cooling system?
Cooling as a Service (CaaS) is an increasingly popular solution for businesses that need to maintain a cool environment but do not want the headache of investing, operating, and maintaining a cooling system. Under this arrangement, the CaaS provider agrees to maintain and operate the cooling system for building owners. Building owners will only pay for the cooling on an as-you-use basis.
This can be a great option for businesses that want to focus on their core competencies and leave the cooling to someone else. Cooling as a service can also be more cost-effective than traditional building cooling solutions since businesses only pay for what they use. With cooling as a service, businesses can enjoy all the benefits of a cool environment without the hassle and expense of managing it themselves.
In addition, it is as sustainable as it is efficient. Most CaaS providers utilise cutting-edge technologies for their chilling equipment and use data to provide efficient cooling.
Centralised cooling system
A centralised cooling system is commonly used in office buildings and other large commercial establishments. The system comprises a central unit installed on the said building. The cooling can be powered by a chilled water system that is connected to a network of ducts. These ducts distribute cool air generated by the chilled water system throughout the building, allowing the occupants to enjoy a comfortable temperature.
Centralised cooling systems can provide uniform cooling throughout a large area. However, they require a significant investment of capital and are typically only used in buildings that are able to generate enough heat to warrant the installation of such a system.
The key takeaway
District cooling systems are a great way to cool buildings without the need for each building to have its own cooling system. These systems use a centralised cooling plant to provide cooling from chilled water systems to multiple buildings in a district. This can save money on installation and maintenance costs for multiple buildings.
Cooling as a Service (CaaS) is an emerging trend in the district or centralised cooling solution that takes advantage of the data to monitor your cooling efficiency. CaaS providers offer clients a pay-as-you-use model, which makes it easy for building owners.
On the other hand, centralised cooling systems are another option for large commercial and industrial facilities. It is like a district cooling system, but a centralised cooling system only provides cooling for one building instead of multiple buildings like district cooling systems.