This is one of the more complex and intricate types of water cooling systems. Chilled water systems use heavy-duty machinery capable of producing much lower temperatures than many other types of cooling system. This machinery creates refrigerant, which it then puts through multiple cycles of condensation and evaporation.
If you’re willing to go the extra mile in terms of cost and maintenance, then you may want to invest in a chilled water system. But before making this decision, you’ll want to learn about its advantages and possible drawbacks.
Chilled water systems are highly effective, powerful machines. They can achieve far lower temperatures than many simpler systems, making them a cost-effective choice for larger commercial buildings, despite the costs of installation and maintenance.
As mentioned before, chilled water systems are expensive to set up and maintain. They require more power than many other systems, as well as frequent maintenance. You can expect to spend money on specialized maintenance, as this type of system is incredibly complex and requires a lot of expertise.
In very cold weather, these systems may require additional parts and add-ons. Extra parts can quickly add to an already high price tag, and will require even more maintenance.
Is it worth it?
Naturally, this will depend on what you want to get out of your cooling system. Chilled water systems are a popular choice for large buildings because they are safe, effective, and can be cost-efficient in many cases. If your building is smaller or you just don’t need the extra power that these machines offer, you may want to look for a simpler cooling solution. A closed-loop evaporative system is a simpler system that is less expensive and easier to install.
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