Phil Cunningham, head of air conditioning and refrigeration, at JLA, explains everything you need to know when it comes to air conditioning.
Myths and misconceptions
One of the biggest misconceptions about air conditioning (AC) is that it only cools air, when actually it can provide hot air as well. This means you can cool and heat spaces using the same system – so most business don’t need to invest in both a boiler and an air conditioning system.
Another popular misconception is that air con systems are expensive to run and use a lot of energy. In fact, air conditioning can be extremely energy efficient using inverters, and much more sustainable than regular boiler-heating systems, as you’re not relying on burning fossil fuels to provide heat.
Which air conditioning solution is right for me?
Choosing the right air conditioning system depends on the size and layout of your organisation. Single units tend to be best for smaller offices spaces or organisations, such as hairdressers. If you’re looking to cool and heat multiple rooms in a large venue, like a hotel or care home, whole unit solutions give better control across larger spaces and can be more economical in the long-run.
We have a team of experts who will work closely with you to choose the best system for you, whether it’s a single unit or whole, multi-unit solution. From small premises to large hotels, we offer a range of air conditioning solutions that are right for your specific needs.
How easy is it to install air conditioning units?
Installation timelines will depend on the size of the solution. Single unit solutions only take two or three days to install, and larger installations, such as hotels or prisons, can take longer depending on the level business disruption. For example, we can work room to room to ensure the maximum numbers of guests can be accommodated throughout the fit out, but this can take a little longer.
Installing AC units is relatively easy and we make sure business disruption is kept to a minimum. Our expert engineers work around your needs. Whether that’s installing units in the morning before business hours begin, or getting the job done in the evening after everyone’s gone home, we’re able to work around your core business hours to ensure your organisation can keep running smoothly.
When should I start thinking about installing air conditioning?
Air conditioning can be installed at any time of the year. However, if you’re thinking about having cool air flowing on hot summer days, you need to be thinking about it sooner rather than later. AC installation definitely peaks in the summer months, so by getting ahead of the summer rush, you won’t have to worry about dealing with hot and uncomfortable spaces as it gets warmer. April and May is the ideal time to start making enquires!
How easy is it to maintain an AC unit?
The short answer is that, yes it’s easy, and we can also carry out maintenance around customers’ time restraints. Unlike gas boilers though, AC units rarely break down or need repair.
Investing in a good service and maintenance plan is still beneficial, as this means you don’t need to worry about maintenance either. For example, we’ll take care of regular servicing where we check that everything is running smoothly. And if you’re a Total Care customer, all parts and servicing are covered for ten years.
If you have any questions about the maintenance, repair or installation of commercial air conditioning units for your business or organisation, talk to our experts today. Whatever you need, we’ll take care of it.