American Services heating and cooling service in Saint Louis knows that most radiant cooling systems are based on aluminum panels that are extended from the ceiling through which cooled water is circulated.
In order for this system to effectively cool the office area, panels must be kept at a temperature near the dew point within the office building and the interior space must be dehumidified. Condensation will occur in humid climates where radiant cooling systems are utilized, even when there are brief periods of exposure to the outside air within the office space. An auxiliary air conditioner may be needed to keep the humidity level low enough.
Where the climate is arid, such as in the southwest, these radiant cooling systems are advantageous particularly in the ceilings of adobe buildings where the inside air can be maintained at a steady cool temperature.
Offices built on concrete slabs are also considered some of the best candidates for radiant cooling, using the same principal as ceiling systems with chilled water systems in the floor, as well as radiant heating systems. This option is a great choice particularly with office spaces that have existing radiant floor systems. Humidity continues to be a concern with radiant floor cooling systems, particularly on floors that have carpet coverings instead of the preferred choice for radiant cooling systems-which is ceramic tile. Condensation is common in areas with heavy carpet, which also limits the temperature at which the floor can be lowered to.
These systems can be very cost effective even when utilized with auxiliary cooling systems which can be used at off peak hours, reducing overall electricity demand for the business.