If you’re considering buying an air conditioning system for your business, then you undoubtedly have a number of things to consider.
To help you decide which system is right for you, we’ve put together this commercial air conditioning guide. Here, we outline the types of air conditioning unit available, where they should be installed and the relevant regulations.
Types of air conditioning
Before we delve into the specifics surrounding how to install air conditioning, we’ll start our commercial heating guide by reviewing the types of air conditioning unit available.
Each type of air conditioning system suits a different setting. Generally speaking, in your commercial space, you’ll need to decide between a wall-mounted system and a ceiling cassette system.
Wall-mounted air condition systems
These units are typically preferred where there is no grid ceiling. They’re also popular because they’re easy to install (especially next to an exterior wall).
Business owners like wall-mounted air conditioning systems because they’re:
- Feature a compact, streamlined design
- Have adjustable louvres for consistent air distribution
- Come with wired or wireless controls
- Feature remote diagnostics
Ceiling cassette air conditioning systems
Ceiling cassette air conditioning systems are typically installed where ceiling grids are present (400mm clearance above the ceiling required for recess) and are used for large-scale air distribution.
Ceiling cassette air conditioning systems feature a compact, lightweight design and provide horizontal airflow for greater comfort. They’re also highly efficient and incredibly quiet.
Where to install an air conditioning system
In order for your air conditioning system to work effectively, installation must be planned. By performing an on-site assessment, an engineer can make sure that the system is located in a way that ensures it keeps the air at the correct temperature.
While some air conditioning system suppliers might simply replace a condenser and internal unit wherever it is currently installed, we’ll carry out a detailed design and placement consultation. Using this information, we’ll then recommend the best equipment for your exact needs. This will include options from our range of single room, split unit wall-mounted and ceiling-cassette air conditioning solutions.
Keep commercial air conditioning regulations in mind
Since 2018, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) has governed the regulations surrounding commercial air conditioning systems. It set out guidelines surrounding the following:
- F-Gas: Any business that uses refrigeration products that contain F-Gas must adequately maintain the system and keep detailed records.
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC): All commercial properties that consist of more than 500 m2 of habitable space must hold an EPC.
- TM44 Regulation: Building managers of properties that have an air conditioning system with an output of over 12kW are responsible for organising regular inspections.
And that concludes our commercial heating & air conditioning guide. If you’re thinking of installing a commercial air conditioning unit in your premises, then speak to our experts today. We can advise which system would be best for your business, employees and customers.