Thinking of getting Air Conditioning installed in your Server Room?

Many large companies these days have a server room and overheating can cause computer systems to slow down or even totally crash. To prevent overheating, it is vital to keep the room cool and air conditioning is perfect for this application.

If you request a quote from us for air conditioning installation for your server room, we will visit you to complete a survey. This ensures that we quote for the correct equipment for the size of the room. We will ask relevant questions about how you use the room, such as if you have plans to increase the amount of servers in the room etc . All these things can affect what equipment you will require.

When we quote for installing AC, we normally try to provide a couple of quotes with a range of prices depending on the quality of the system.  Where server rooms are concerned quality is paramount as you need a reliable system so in this instance we prefer to quote for the best quality as the risk of failure is reduced. There are systems that are made especially for all year cooling which is required in server rooms and although they may be a little more expensive we prefer to use them in server rooms.

Once the quote has been accepted, we will then plan when we can do the installation at a time to suit you. Our installation team have been trained to create as little disturbance to you and your business as possible.

We are also big believers in helping you to extend the lifespan of your equipment so we actively promote and encourage Air Conditioning Maintenance. Not only will to help to make your system last longer it will also keep your running costs as low as possible.

In summary, if you are looking for someone to replace or install Air Conditioning in a Server Room, or in your office. Give a call to arrange a no obligation free survey.

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Air Conditioning: The Battle of The Sexes!

Office Air Conditioning

Have you ever wondered why some members of staff are comfortable whilst others are shivering in their air conditioned office? There have been some studies that explains it all.

It seems that some women feel temperature differently to some men and what is comfortable to one may feel either too or to too cold. It’s all down to metabolic rates and muscle mass apparently.

For men the most comfortable working temperature is 22°C and for women 25°C. You might want to bear this in mind if your workforce are saying they are too hot or too cold!

Having said that it doesn’t matter whether your employees are male or female, if there is a problem with your AC then none of your team will be happy.

How about reducing the risk of upsetting your staff by getting your Air Conditioning serviced. Not only will it help your AC work more efficiently, it will help prevent breakdowns, ensure your system has a longer lifecycle and reduce your running costs!

Keep your employees and your air conditioning system happy by giving us a call to book your Air Conditioning Maintenance

Tips to make the most of your Air Conditioning

A common issue in offices are complaints of drafts or AC blowing directly onto people giving them chills or just annoying them.  Many people just switch their systems on and pretty much accept what is “thrown out”.  Your controllers have a number of features to make your Air Conditioning more user friendly and comfortable such as fan speed control, temperature and louvre adjustment.  Some systems will operate from a timer as well.

So, how to use these features;

Timers, just like at home allow you to operate the AC out of hours to pre-heat / cool an office before everyone arrives and can give a more balanced temperature.  We are also starting to install systems that can be operated over the internet just like smart controls in your home.

Turning your AC right down in heating will help keep the chill off and the fabric of the building from losing too much heat.  This is going to use a little more energy but depending on the type of building and how you set it up the difference will be surprisingly little for most people and the recovery time will be much shorter.

We have a habit of thinking powerful is best and so it is with the AC, many people turn the temp up, or down to max and the fans on full to get the quickest result.  That results in extreme changes and drafts which annoy people.  It is far better to select the slowest fan speed suitable to what you are trying to achieve.  When cooling, set the louvres to flat and the air will “hug” the ceiling and travel further rather than blowing down someone’s neck.

A final thought are odours which may emit from the AC.  These can be caused by the coils being dirty, but they can also be caused by perfumes and aftershaves worn by occupants.  We tend to install odour eater tablets in our maintenance programmes which help to break down the smells for a more pleasant environment.

Hopefully these little tips will help for a more comfortable and friendly office.

If you need any help or advice, give us a call.

Is your Air Conditioning ready to keep you warm this winter?

Air Conditioning RepairAs we mentioned in an earlier blog, AC is a really energy efficient form of heating but in order to work properly it should have been serviced.

Air Conditioning maintenance is essential to make sure your system is working properly and efficiently. The filters should be cleaned, electrical connections and refrigerant levels are just a few of the necessary checks. Our 36 point AC maintenance checklist makes sure your system is working at its best.

Maintenance not only makes sure your system is working optimally. It will :-

  • save you money on your energy bills
  • extend the life of your system
  • ensure your system is less likely to breakdown when you need it the most

Whilst we recommend that you are proactive with your AC maintenance there are some signs that your system needs a service. These include:-

  • Not blowing hot or cold
  • When set to cooling it leaks water
  • Stains on the ceiling
  • Stale odours
  • Increase in energy costs
  • Indoor units look dirty

If you want your Air Conditioning to keep you warm this Winter, call us today to book your Air Conditioning Service today

CellarBreeze™

CellarBreeze™ utilises the UK’s weather system to save you money on running your cellar cooling system.

If the outdoor temperature is at least 2 degrees colder than your required cellar temperature, CellarBreeze™ will take over from your current Cellar Cooling System. It maintains the correct cellar temperature, without the need for the refrigeration system to be in continuous operation. The system is totally automated and will switch off your cooling equipment if the internal temperature can be maintained from the air outside.  This combined with SwitchBox and EndoCube is the most energy efficient way of cooling the cellar and extending the life of your existing cellar cooling equipment, and with a return on investment (ROI) usually measured in months it’s a fantastic investment.  Parts are all universal and so should replacement be necessary they are readily available and don’t carry premiums from the manufacturers.

*Even with CellarBreeze™, we would still recommend getting your system serviced at least annually.

System Benefits

  1. Save around 75% of your current electrical demand.
  2. Beat rising electrical costs.
  3. Full supplementary cooling eight months of the year.
  4. Reduce Stress and Wear-and-Tear of your existing system.
  5.  Fewer callouts, charges and parts.
  6. Cheaper replacement parts.
  7. Environmentally friendly
  8. Extend your capital life cycle.*

Based on a design calculation for a pub conversion in Oldham, we have calculated that the account would benefit from a saving of around £1,400 per annum!

CellarBreeze™ will provide you with a more efficient temperature controlled cellar both in terms of electricity savings and by extending the lifecycle of your equipment!

Switchbox™ / Switchbox Pro™

Switchbox™ has primarily been designed for Cellar Coolers and Remote Coolers although it can be used on Cold and Freezer Rooms.

Switchbox™Switchbox™ saves you money by switching the cooling system off automatically between midnight and 06:00. These times can be modified to suite different activities and if you have preferential night time electricity rates.  During these times, trade has usually ceased and the rooms are usually shut up with the lights off.  Central heating systems are usually off and other heat sources are shut down.  Ambient temperatures are naturally cooling and the product temperatures will actually maintain temperature for a reasonable amount of time when the room is left closed.

Because the equipment is usually turned off at night time it reduces noise pollution for local residents at night which is always a bonus.  The timer then brings the system back on so you don’t have to even think about it.

It has the added benefit of giving your compressor a rest as it will have a forced shut down.  It is true that the first few cycles will be longer as the air temperature will have to recover a little but we have found that overall the forced shutdown has saved our customers money.  One case study of an average sized cellar of 40m2 is saving £90 per month with Switchbox™ and EndoCube installed.  All of these benefits added together will extend the life cycle of your equipment because of reduced wear and tear, save money on running costs and repairs.

We have two versions of Switchbox™

  • Switchbox™ is used where the system already has an electronic thermostat.
  • Switchbox Pro™ has an electronic thermostat which is more accurate than a mechanical stat meaning the switching points don’t fluctuate.  We use this on systems where the manufacturers control is mechanical.
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