I have it in my she shed…
My partner has it in his workshop…
We have it in our games room…
My son has it throughout his whole house…
My mum has it in her conservatory…
Many offices have it too…
What is it?
Air-con, or climate control, as it is sometimes called.
Prior to installing air-conditioning at home my only real experience of it was whilst holidaying abroad.
A trip to San Francisco in 1991 was the first time I really became aware of its existence. I recall dressing to go out for dinner clothes that were appropriate for the heat generated by the Californian sunshine.
What I hadn’t taken into account was that most of the Downtown restaurants were air conditioned. I spent the entire evening absolutely freezing!
My experience of Mediterranean systems has been equally unsatisfactory. As they are usually required at night I found that they tended to be both noisy and inefficient.
Nowadays I am a changed person; almost a complete convert.
The reason behind my change of heart is that I have learnt how beneficial an air-conditioning installation can be in lots of ways.
The fact that modern day air-conditioning installations can efficiently provide a means of both heating and cooling is a real benefit. It means that rooms can be used all year round rather than just seasonally.
Going back to my list my mum can now use her conservatory during hot and cold spells.
My partner can use his workshop all year round. He is neither too hot nor too cold.
My beautifully constructed garden cabin can also be heated or cooled depending upon the season.
My son’s home has a system which runs in conjunction with his underfloor heating system. Again it provides year round comfort.
An office with a controlled temperature aids productivity and energy efficiency.
In all of these applications the installed systems have intelligent controls:
- A Weekly Timer which can be programmed to meet home or office schedules.
- An Intelligent Eye sensor which detects human movement.
- Inbuilt Comfort Airflow direction ensures the air output is not directed at occupants.
- The Outdoor Unit Quiet operation does exactly that.
Ceiling mounted units
On the whole the most practical solution for me has been the installation of a split system, which comprises an indoor and outdoor unit.
I have always opted for wall mounted units due to the design of the rooms in which they’ve been installed.
Flush mounted indoor ducted ceiling units are also available so long as there is sufficient space for the unit and ducting in the ceiling or loft void.
Year round comfort
As we experience hotter summers in the UK air-con is becoming much more common place in private residential properties.
It undoubtedly adds a level of comfort as our mini heatwaves seem to become more frequent.
All of our systems were installed by my son’s company, Cool Electrics Ltd. He covers the South West London area and Cobham in Surrey. For an unbiased opinion, or to find an installer in your area, visit www.Checkatrade.com