If a church building has been standing for more than 100 years, the method of maintaining its heating and cooling system must be carefully considered. When determining the appropriate HVAC system for a church, some of the typical considerations may not apply since this type of structure has a unique layout and requirements.
In this post, Dittmer Air and Heat discusses the challenges and considerations of HVAC maintenance and installation in churches.
Some requirements for HVAC systems inside churches are different from the usual HVAC requirements for commercial buildings or residential homes. The architectural features of churches make it more challenging to maintain a suitable temperature. But with the right HVAC system installed, even large, open spaces can be made to feel comfortable.
While many solutions may not be ideal due to historic preservation rules — such as prohibitions on running new ducting or modifying existing return and supply locations — destratification fans could work as an air distribution method since they do not require any architectural alterations. Furthermore, since a quiet environment is usually favored in a church sanctuary, outdoor HVAC components are frequently positioned on the ground near the structure rather than mounted on the roof.
Finding the ideal HVAC system suitable for the design of a church raises certain challenges. Church architecture frequently consists of expansive amounts of vacant space combined with high ceilings. One of the first solutions that HVAC repair experts recommend is to replace an outdated HVAC system. But take note that some parts of the HVAC system may not be replaceable, while others may be protected by historic preservation requirements.
Large glass windows are typically incorporated into the architectural design of churches. Glass absorbs heat during the summer and emits heat into the surrounding environment during the winter. The size of the HVAC system should take into account this particular aspect of the building. HVAC systems must often be customized to fit the requirements of such places of worship.
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