Air conditioning is an ideal way of controlling the air quality inside any building, large or small. Not only does it cool in the summer months but air conditioning can also heat, replacing traditional heating systems. More and more people today are experiencing the benefits of comfortable working, living and leisure environments made possible with air conditioning.
Offices today are packed full of computers, printers, photocopiers and other electrical equipment, all of which generate a great deal of heat. Combined with increased insulation standards and air tightness of modern offices, you have a huge cooling challenge on your hands. Effective climate control is therefore crucial in order to maintain a comfortable environment in which to work.
There is no maximum working temperature laid down by law, but the Health & Safety At Work Act and The Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act both demand that workplace temperature must be ´reasonable´.
Accepted zone of thermal comfort for UK offices lies between 16ºC and 24ºC World Health Organisation recommends a maximum working temperature of 24ºC.
There is a close correlation between a person's performance and the temperature of his immediate surroundings. An environment that is too hot, too cold or too damp will certainly not contribute to higher working efficiency.
Accidents tend to occur more frequently during extreme temperatures - the optimum temperature appears to be about 20°C. Mental performance and work rhythm drop off sharply when it is too hot. Obviously, the provision of a constant environment is subject to many influences. For a building to operate comfortably and efficiently, due attention must be paid to its services.
A heat pump system can offer both heating and cooling ensuring that the temperature is kept stable with maximum energy efficiency. A site survey will ensure we customise the ideal solution.
With air conditioning you can create the comfort in which you, your employees or your customers feel best, with the right temperature and a comfortable humidity. Modern air conditioners produce clean, healthy fresh air, dehumidify the air and prevent mold. All of this is able with neither draught nor noise. In short, air conditioning makes you feel better, more active and fit, resulting in many advantages, because he or she who feels better is more creative and productive. And who doesn't like to be in a shop, café,restaurant or hotel with air conditioning, certainly in the summer?
Whether you design, own, manage, or simply rent office space, iCool Refrigeration offer a comprehensive range of air conditioning to suit your every need. In the first instance, we´ll listen to your objectives and gain a good appreciation of exactly what it is you require of your system. From there, we will present the perfect solution designed to suit your requirements. Experience tells us that offices large or small, greatly benefit from enhancing their environment, whilst ensuring staff happiness and productivity. Air conditioning provides the ideal opportunity to do just that, as long as the right solution is applied.
There is an infinite number of combinations and designs of air conditioning and comfort cooling plant. For everyday applications of comfort cooling, the units described previously are normally satisfactory, however, they are not always the answer.
Large cabinet type systems either distributing air through ductwork or diffusers, or pressurising a raised floor for an IT suite.
The Denco unit in the image to the left is typical of a cabinet type. However, there is a vast range with different applications and designs.
Further advice on thermal comfort in the workplace can be found on HSE´s website