Why is Air Conditioning needed in School Classrooms & Offices

1. Classrooms

IT rooms can become stifling with an average of 20+ pupils per class in schools, colleges and Universities. With numerous heat-generating machines also in these rooms, the answer is air conditioning, which can be regulated to suit the desired temperature when the IT stations are working at full capacity.

2. Offices

24/7/10 – Email to H R “ Can you please sort out the air con It’s too cold!!!
24/7/10 – Email to H R “ Can you sort out the air con it’s too hot in here!!

It is so difficult to get a room full of people to experience the same degree of temperature in an air conditioned room set at 22 deg c some staff will complain they are cold while others are just fine. Installing additional units into an open plan office, which are all individually controlled is the ultimate in reducing those emails to HR.

3. Server Rooms

You may already have had the foresight to install an air conditioner into your server room and find it adequate but your business has grown you have additional servers have you thought about the air conditioning being able to cope with the increase in heat loads also think very hard about installing a backup unit if one should fail the other is set up to come into force to maintain the temperature until you can get an engineer out.

4. Upgrading

Look at your systems how old are they?

New inverter systems are energy efficient and produce low carbon, low carbon means low running costs so that is saving you money also the government have schemes in place where you could claim tax back on improving your energy consumption the ECA scheme is one.

5. Are they regularly maintained?

Maintenance is not a luxury it is a must have product for company’s as new legislation has come into play for buildings to be energy efficient it includes your air con systems which must be regularly maintained if you have 3kgs of refrigerant or more in your building these systems must also have had a TM44 inspection.

6. R22 replacement – Do they run on the soon to be banned R22 refrigerant gas?

R22 is a bad ozone depleting gas and the EU has put in place a timetable for its planned phase out

  • Production and supply of new air conditioning systems operating on R22 was banned in 2004.
  • Legislation bans the supply of new R22 refrigerant used to service equipment from 31st December 2009.
  • Only reclaimed or recycled R22 refrigerant may be used from January 2010 until 31st December 2014.
  • Systems operating on R22 refrigerant will be classed as not serviceable from December 2014.
  • A complete ban of R22 refrigerant, including reclaimed or recycled will be effective on 31st December 2014.

When a commodity is in low demand the costs are guaranteed to increase, the cost of R22 refrigerant is expected to quadruple in price year on year and analysts are predicting we will run out of recycled R22 refrigerant by 2013.

If you have systems running on this gas look at how you can replace it for more efficient energy saving systems and maybe also get help from the government to do it via ECA, or leasing new equipment could be a way to go for you.