Air Conditioning Engineers Top 5 Summer Tips

Air Conditioning Engineers Top 5 Summer Tips
Air Conditioning Engineers Top 5 Summer Tips

With the annual seasonal rise in temperature and humidity upon us, we’ve compiled our ‘Air Conditioning Engineers Top 5 Summer Tips’ for businesses.

Whilst the great British weather can always keep us guessing in terms of rain and wind through the spring and summer, one thing that can be guaranteed is the rise in temperature.

Warmer days also bring an increase in humidity, which forces the human body to work harder to reduces it’s temperature. Typically, this makes people uncomfortable, increases sweat levels and makes us more lethargic.

So it’s important to ensure there is good air circulation is in your work place. Not only will it reduce health problems, it will result in a more productive and happy workforce.

Remember it’s not just the weather that contributes to hot air temperature in a workplace. Machinery in manufacturing, computers in offices, display monitors in retailers and equipment in hospitality and beauty salons all contribute to heat and air circulation.

If you have an air conditioning system installed in your workplace, it’s vitally important you ensure you have checked it is working properly and efficiently. So we’ve spoken to our air conditioning engineers to get their input on what they see on a day to day basis and created the 2024 Air Conditioning Engineers Top 5 Summer Tips to keeping your systems and people working well through the summer.

Air Conditioning Engineers Top 5 Summer Tips

1. Outdoor Air Conditioning Units – Physical Damage and Condition.

Remember your air conditioning outdoor unit has been sat outside, open to the elements for the last 7 months through the autumn and winter weather. It’s really important therefore to ensure the outdoor unit is well maintained and in good working order.

Inspecting the unit is the first place to start to ensure there has been no physical damage. Damage to vents, grilles and panels can be caused by falling or flying debris in windy conditions. Easily accessible outdoor units can often be susceptible to vandalism and year on year, we get increase reports of damage caused by wild animals (and their feces). Ensure vents are clear and free of leaves and litter. Check screws, brackets, fixings and protective coverings for signs of rust which could cause irreparable damage to units and people, should they fail and fall.

Do not attempt to inspect a unit on your own if you do not have safe access, or the required health and safety equipment and an accompanying team member. Do not open the cover of a unit as it contains electronic, complicated and expensive parts and this could invalidate any warranties.

Air Conditioning Outdoor Units Cleaned

2. Indoor Air Conditioning Units – Leaking water

Make sure the system drainage flows of indoor air conditioning units are clear. Your indoor Air Conditioning unit is going to work harder in the Summer to keep rooms to a desirable cooler temperature. This means internal unit parts like the coil will produce more water that needs to be drained out of the unit.

If flows and drains are not clear, water will overflow and run down walls, damaging both walls and floors and can create a very unpleasant aesthetic look and smell.

3. Shift and Working Hours – Both humans and machines.

Consider the working hours and shift patterns of your employees and machinery, including overnight, weekend and footfall in specific areas.

Check the functionality settings and capabilities of your system, so that you can programme the air conditions system to run at specific times in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

Occupancy sensors are available on some units, but consideration should be given to whether the unit should be programmed to shut off completely or remain on a consistent temperature.

Contact us direct for advice on this so that we can consider your individual needs, working conditions and unit specification.

4. Set The Rules Amongst Employees – Who’s responsible?

Whilst an air conditioning unit is great at managing air flow, it can’t manage people. Make sure only designated people are assigned authority to change the settings of a system, including both the unit control panel and remote control (there’s nothing worse than losing or damaging a remote control!)

Ensure they have had suitable training and simply explain to all staff why designated people are assigned, to prevent arguments and blame in future.

Clean Filters on Air Conditioners

5. Get a Service Check – Your whole company will thank you!

You’ve invested financially in an air conditioning system, so it makes sense to keep it serviced and maintained for maximum reliability, efficiency and employee satisfaction.

Remember your air conditioning unit contains refrigerant (gas), so it’s important there are no leaks or loss of pressure. Coils should be cleaned, but only by registered engineers and filters should be cleaned to prevent dirt and dust build up.

Protect costs and take responsibility of supporting your employees and visitors seriously.

Don’t wait until high temperatures arrive before switching on the air conditioning in the workplace.
In the UK, summer heat is getting hotter and lasting longer. Air Conditioning is as cost efficient now as it has ever been and employees have a right to work in safe conditions. Your visitors will also form opinions of the environment they are welcomed into.
Get the most from your investment, systems and people this summer by following our Air Conditioning Engineers Top 5 Summer Tips.

For air conditioning servicing, maintenance or new installations, contact us at P & M Coppack on 01706 879336 on click below to book online.

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