HVAC Systems for Gyms

Why You Should Consider Investing in an HVAC System for Your Home Gym

An HVAC system is a mechanical system that provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to your home. 

Your home gym should not smell like your high school gym did after a football game. With proper air conditioning and gym ventilation, you can bring in fresh air and rid your space of unpleasant odors.

Let’s take a look at some considerations when installing HVAC systems for gyms.

Written by Jeremy James

Jeremy James is a veteran of the U.S. Navy who has grown his family's HVAC business into one of the most successful home service businesses in Knoxville, TN. More than 20 years of experience in the HVAC and Engineering industries and passion for what we do has translated into our customer service, professionalism, and quality. LinkedIn

How Do HVAC Systems Affect the Environment?

A/C systems for gyms are a common installation. Gyms are often large spaces with high ceilings and long distances from the air vents to the air conditioning unit. This means that it requires a lot of energy to cool the gym space.

The most effective way to make sure that gyms are saving energy is by using an A/C system that is designed specifically for this purpose.

An HVAC system can have a significant impact on the environment depending on how it is designed and used.

What are the Best Ways to Utilize these Systems in Your Gym?

The best way to utilize these systems in your gym is to start with a plan. It is important to know the number of people that will be using the space, what activities they will be doing, and how much time they will spend in each area.

A commercial AC unit can provide the necessary cooling for an area while also providing heating or cooling when needed.

Who is Qualified to Install HVAC Systems in Your Gym?

There are a lot of people who are qualified to install HVAC systems in your gym. However, it is important that you make sure that the person you choose has the necessary experience and credentials. This article will cover some of the qualifications someone needs to have in order to be qualified for this type of work.

Best HVAC system for your Home Gym

Choosing the best HVAC system for your home gym depends on what you want out of it. The best HVAC system for your home gym is a ductless or mini-split system. This is because this type of HVAC unit can be installed in an out-of-the way location and does not require any ductwork to function. These systems are great because they provide the efficiency and comfort of an air conditioner while also providing the heating that is needed to keep the temperature at a comfortable level and bring in fresh air.

What is a Ductless Mini-split

A ductless mini-split is a system that is installed in your home to provide heating and cooling. It can be used for both residential and commercial applications.

Ductless mini-splits are inverter driven. This type of heating and cooling system has been around for over 30 years, but it has only recently become popular in North America because it provides all the benefits of an HVAC system without the high cost of installation or maintenance costs associated with ductwork.

How much will it cost to install a Mini-split in my Home Gym?

There are many factors that affect the cost of any air conditioning system installation. But typically a one ton ductless mini-split fully installed costs $2500-3200 depending primarily on brand and efficiency.

Healthy air is essential for a Home Gym

The reason you have a home gym is because you want to improve your health or maintain it through exercise. As a health-conscious individual, you can't overlook poor indoor air quality that puts your health at risk. Acceptable indoor air quality begins with frequent changing of air filters but doesn't end there.

Poor indoor air quality and subpar gym ventilation does not promote good health

What can happen if your gym ventilation system has not been appropriately designed or is not functioning properly? Your space can end up with high humidity, uncontrolled temperatures, and unpleasant odors. You may even experience symptoms, due to exposure to unhealthy air, during and after workouts.

Let’s look at what can happen if you do not correct the gym ventilation problem that is causing uncomfortable conditions:

  • Mold and mildew grow in humid conditions

  • Viruses and bacteria thrive in humid air

  • Odors and physical symptoms drive away customers

  • Poorly functioning HVAC leads to higher energy bills

  • You may be heading toward a system breakdown

Insufficient gym ventilation

Very often homeowners don't give any consideration to HVAC when picking their home gym location. They choose basements, converted garages, attics, and other areas. Some of these areas do not have any natural ventilation or air exchange with outside air.

As we exercise, our heart rate accelerates, which results in faster breathing. This quickened breathing leads us to exhale a higher rate of carbon dioxide than normal. In small, poorly ventilated spaces this can cause a significant rise in carbon dioxide in the air and a decrease in oxygen.

The insufficient oxygen can make you feel tired more quickly and lead to a disappointing workout.

A properly designed gym ventilation system will flush out excess carbon dioxide and bring in fresh air.

Studies conducted on commercial gyms revealed high levels of airborne dust, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOC). The concentrations for the most part exceeded the majority of accepted standards for indoor air quality.

Humid air laden with CO2 will do nothing to promote the healthy atmosphere you want for your home gym. Poor gym ventilation over an extended period of time could cause symptoms that are associated with poor indoor air quality including:

  • Eye, nose throat and lung irritations – watery eyes, sneezing and coughing

  • Skin rashes

  • Infections

  • Headaches and dizziness

  • Shortness of breath

Ways you can change poor indoor air quality

Properly designed HVAC

If you have the luxury of building a home gym from the ground up, you can start with a well-designed HVAC system to handle gym ventilation needs. You can also use construction materials that are low in VOCs.

Many home gyms, however, are retrofitted into an existing house. If that’s the case for you, have an HVAC expert inspect your heating, air conditioning, and ventilation to make sure they are properly designed to provide good air quality. Adding more ventilation and/or making other system changes can make a big difference.

Ventilate moisture-prone areas

Indoor pools, saunas, or hot tubs will need specially designed ventilation improvements to deal with the elevated moiture levels. Typical home HVAC systems are not able to handle the volume of air that needs to be changes out in these areas. According to building code moist air is not permitted to be recirculated, which means it must be vented outside of the home. It is critical that your gym ventilation provides for an adequate exhaust system to vent the moisture from your home.

Other gym ventilation upgrades could include air supply fans to improve air balance and the installation of blowers. Dehumidification systems are often installed in pool or other high heat and humidity areas.

Air purification technology

You may have heard about using HEPA or MERV 13 HVAC Air filters, which can offer some protection but isn’t always a practical solution. One of the most effective ways to keep your home safe is installing air purification devices that can destroy contaminants in the air.

Regular HVAC maintenance

Installing the right AC system and proper gym ventilation in home fitness centers is only half the battle. You must make sure it is regularly inspected and maintained.

When you consider that all the air you inhale is circulated through your HVAC system, it makes sense to complete routine maintenance and system tune-ups to make sure your system is working at optimum levels and providing your family with consistent comfort and the fresh air they need for good health.

Regular HVAC maintenance is also critical to lower energy usage, save money on utility bills, and lengthen the useful life of your AC system.

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