If you’re discovering that your business is becoming an uncomfortably warm place to work or that stale air is becoming an issue, then investing in commercial air conditioning is absolutely the right move. You’ll have fresher air, happier staff, safer working conditions, and greater control over the temperature that you work in.
It sounds easy on paper, doesn’t it? But once you begin your research on commercial air conditioning, you’ll quickly discover that there’s more to the upgrade than meets the eye. Which system do you choose? What are the differences between them? How are the units installed? And how many units should you be looking to purchase anyway?
Let’s explain each of the factors you need to consider when identifying which commercial air conditioning unit your premises needs. But, if you want to make your life as easy as possible, then simply leave the job to our expert KES Facilities technicians, who know exactly how to get the best system for your business in place.
Air Conditioning Aspects to Consider
There are so many different things to consider when you’re investing in commercial air conditioning, and some of the calculations can quickly become complicated. Be sure to choose the right system which, ideally, is suited to your budget, futureproof, quiet, and compact.
Here are the top things that you should be considering.
Yes, you might be surprised that we think size is such an important aspect, but this needs to be considered before temperature, capability, or even price. Do your premises have the appropriate space for a single split system? Is it too small for multi-split? Where are the units going to go? And how are they going to be linked between rooms?
Remember that with many types of commercial air conditioning units, you’ll have a unit inside as well as outside. If you’re clever with your design, you can minimise the number of units you’re storing outdoors.
Still confused about the different types of commercial air conditioning available? We already explained the differences between single split systems, multi-split systems, and all the other popular types of commercial air conditioning here.
Commercial air conditioning isn’t cheap and if you opt for an inefficient, inappropriate system, then you’ll sadly watch your energy bills skyrocket as well.
Choose a system that’s efficient within your building. Some air conditioning models are particularly green and incorporate heat recovery technology. Instead of releasing waste heat to the atmosphere, it can be recycled and used to target specific areas. Similarly, other smart systems will recapture and cool air instead of constantly pulling in from air from the atmosphere, helping to keep your costs low.
Another thing you’ll need to consider is the noise that your air conditioning units produce. The idea behind air conditioning is to control the temperature, keep staff members comfortable, improve air quality, and importantly, increase productivity. But if your machine makes a racket every time it’s in use, then you’ll have inadvertently introduced a new distraction for your employees.
Be sure to ask about the expected noise – certain systems are significantly quieter than others.
Futureproofing, Customisation, & Maintenance
This is a factor that, unfortunately, many people forget. It’s easy to get distracted and install a new top-of-the-range system that does exactly what it needs to do right now. But what happens when you’re looking to expand? If there’s something you want to change, can it be added and customised at a later date?
Make sure that when your new system is selected and installed, there’s plenty of space for manoeuvrability later on. Give yourself breathing space to make changes at a later date and upgrade the system where necessary.
This rings true for maintenance as well – key parts of your system need to be accessible and easy to repair. A poor design will make simple repairs much more time consuming and costly than they need to be.
Knowing How to Get the Best Unit for Your Premises
And if you were feeling overwhelmed already, we haven’t even gotten into the nitty-gritty details of selecting the most appropriate air conditioning unit.
Air conditioning systems have a British Thermal Unit (BTU) rating. This indicates how much heat the system is expected to remove from any room. The BTU is based on the size of the room in square feet and the height of the ceiling – for each area, there’s an appropriate BTU that will be expected to keep the room cool and circulate the air efficiently.
How many people will be in the room? Is there any natural air pressure? What about air static? How many individual units will be required? These are all important considerations that need to be made before installing commercial air conditioning units.
Knowing Which Air Conditioning Units to Choose
That’s why the majority of people leave the task to our experienced KES team. We work on all kinds of commercial air conditioning jobs throughout Yorkshire and there’s no air conditioning demand or requirement that we haven’t seen before.
Our team are able to quickly measure your space, identify the most appropriate type of air conditioning, and design the most efficient system for your premises. We install every type of unit, and we’ll customise the internal coils, coolants, and internal fans to make sure that your system is legal, safe, and easy to service.