Advantages and Disadvantages of Chilled Beams
“What are the advantages and disadvantages of chilled beams?”
Chilled beams are a most innovative approach to building climate control that comes with their own advantages and disadvantages. Their water-based design allows them to be run at lower costs and can work in smaller building environments. When the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill switched one of their buildings to chilled beams, they were able to see a cost reduction of 20%! However, these systems have their drawbacks as well. Because Chilled Beams work by absorbing rising hot air, rooms with these systems must not be too large to ensure optimal use. In addition, the circulative nature of their operation means that hospitals in the U.S are unable to implement such systems due to health concerns. When choosing whether or not to implement Chilled Beams, one must be observant of their qualities and choose wisely.