So, what is air conditioning?
Air conditioning is generally thought of as the cooling
of air in rooms. However, the new generation of conditioners
are multi-functional and include heat pumps, as well
as the control of humidity and removal of small particles
and impurities, such as dust and tobacco smoke, from
Long gone are the days when large, leaky, ugly, noisy
units were the only means to condition the air. Nowadays,
small, discreet units - which whisper in operation -
are the norm. Once installed, you'll hardly notice they
are there, except that your level of personal comfort
will have improved dramatically.
How much does it cost?
We cannot quote for an "average" conditioning
system. Each location is different and several factors
have to be taken into account. These factors include
the aspect of a building, i.e., which way does it face
(south facing rooms will have vastly different conditioning
needs to a north facing room); what level of insulation
is present; how many heat generators (computers, printers,
photocopiers, kettles - even people) are present; is
there a suspended ceiling and if so, what is the ambient
temperature in the ceiling void and below it.
We then feed all the information necessary
into a bespoke computer programme which will calculate
the necessary amount of cooling required. Options can
then be fed in, i.e. the fitment of blind to south facing
windows and glass doors; the addition of insulation
etc. The progamme thus enables us to ascertain the most
cost effective mix of external influences and conditioners.
It could be that the number of conditioning units can
in this way be reduced drastically, at the smaller expense
of adding blinds etc., thereby reducing your overall
Overall running costs can be broken down into the following:-
- Initial purchase
- Energy consumption
Our maxim is "If you buy purely on price, you'll
surely pay twice."
If the wrong unit is fitted, it can be extremely detrimental
to overall running costs.
Over-provide, i.e. too many conditioning units or too high
powered a unit and the initial price of the unit(s) will be
over high. Under-provide and the units will run too hard,
draining extra energy and importantly, increasing the likelihood
of failure, thereby increasing energy, maintenance and eventually,
replacement costs respectively.
Providing the correct balance is by far the safest
bet and as such, we need to visit any premises requiring conditioning,
to provide a free quotation on your exact requirements.