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Which HVAC Systems Are Right for Multifamily Homes?

Which HVAC Systems Are Right for Multifamily Homes?

One of the most critical concerns that a multifamily housing developer must address is how to manage the comfort of tenants. Installing an unsuitable HVAC system for multifamily homes can result in discomfort for families and inefficient energy use. We’ve done the legwork and compiled a guide to help you find the right HVAC solution for your property.

Peak Loads

It’s extremely challenging to estimate a multifamily property’s peak energy demand. For that reason, it’s best to install an HVAC system that can withstand a wide variety of peak energy loads.

Individualized Comfort Controls

Occupants will want to control their own comfort as much as possible. A multifamily HVAC system should provide individual controls for every tenant’s unit.


Investing in an incorrectly sized system is a waste of money. It will cause a variety of problems such as uneven temperatures, energy waste, temperature swings, and high humidity. An experienced HVAC contractor can help you size your system correctly.

Types of Systems

HVAC systems for multifamily homes can fall into either of the following categories:

  • Centralized systems
  • Decentralized systems

Centralized systems are similar to a single family detached home’s HVAC system. They distribute cool air or heat from one central location. Geothermal, two-pipe, and four-pipe systems are some of the common examples of centralized HVAC systems. They’re more energy efficient and more costly upfront. Therefore, they’re usually preferred in properties that have many units like mid-rise or high-rise properties.

Decentralized systems provide individual housing units or families with separate heating and cooling units. They include packaged thermal air conditioners, self-contained forced air systems, wall unit air conditioners, and electric baseboard heating units. Because they’re cost-effective to install, decentralized units are normally the preferred option in smaller multifamily developments.

An HVAC system for multifamily homes is a major investment that will affect tenants as well as your bottom line, so follow the tips above to make sure you make the right choice.

To learn more about multifamily HVAC units, contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. For more than 60 years, we’ve been servicing the HVAC needs of Yuma homeowners.