Basically VRF and VRV are essentially the same thing, just with different names. VRF stands for Variable Refrigerant Flow, while VRV means Variable Refrigerant Volume. The only real difference is that VRV is a brand name owned by Daikin Industries Ltd. Other companies use VRF to describe their similar systems. These systems are ideal for  large buildings and can cool or heat sizable areas efficiently.

How do they work?

These systems work by moving heat from one place to another using a special liquid called refrigerant. VRF/VRV equipment is installed as a system, with units located outdoors and indoors, inter connected by power cables, refrigerant lines and a condensate drain. The outdoor unit houses a compressor, fan, and heat exchanger. The indoor units have a heat exchanger and a fan too. The system controls the flow and temperature of the refrigerant to each indoor unit, so you can control the temperature very precisely.

What are the benefits for businesses?

VRF/VRV systems are energy-efficient and can control the temperature in different areas separately. They can heat and cool different parts of a building at the same time, which is useful and unique to VRF and VRV systems. They’re also flexible and easy to expand if needed. Plus, they can connect to smart technology for easier management.

How are they different from other systems?

VRF/VRV systems are ideal for large buildings with different, simultaneous heating and cooling needs in various areas. They’re great for places like hotels, schools, and offices where you need control over different zones.

Are there any downsides?

The main downside is the initial cost, which can be higher than other systems. They are like all air conditioning systems in that they require regular maintenance – so that’s not really a downside.

Do they need maintenance?

Yes, they need regular check-ups to keep them running smoothly. This includes cleaning filters and coils, and making sure everything is working properly. A REFCOM  registered HVAC company is required to undertake maintenance checks, as is the case with all commercial air conditioning systems.

We can all appreciate the fact that it’s important to care for the environment while also ensuring comfortable spaces for living and working. That’s where energy-efficient cooling solutions come in. They’re a better way to keep places cool without using too much energy or harming the planet.

Modern energy-efficient cooling systems are much better than legacy air conditioning systems. They’re designed to cool spaces using less energy and costing less to run. They’re smart too, adjusting cooling based on real-time data and user preferences.

How energy-efficient air conditioning systems work

These systems use smart technology to adjust cooling based on factors like room occupancy and weather conditions. They also use special materials and designs to work better. For example, they might have better insulation and use eco-friendly refrigerants.

The efficiency rating of a commercial air conditioning installation is known as the Coefficient of Performance (CoP), this reflects how a system cools when compared to the energy it uses. The higher CoP the more efficient the system or units.

Benefits for business of energy-efficient air conditioning systems

It goes without saying that switching to energy-efficient cooling can save businesses a lot of money in the medium and long term. This is a massive driver for new commercial air conditioning installations employing the latest technology.  It’s obviously better for the environment as the system will emit less greenhouse gas in use.

Steps to take before installing cooling systems in businesses

Choosing the right system depends on calculating critical factors like the size of the space to be cooled (or in fact heated) the orientation of the building, local climate and the use and occupancy of the space.  An F-Gas accredited contractor can assess this comprehensively with your help.  Using a registered company will ensure the right design and specification of a system to suit your needs – prioritising energy efficiency.  They will also plan a maintenance programme with the correct intervals for your specific business environment. For example an office environment is very different to a factory environment and the cooling needs for each will be very different. This will protect the manufacturer’s warranty and importantly helps the air conditioning installation run at maximum efficiency.

The outlook for energy efficient air conditioning installations

The need for sustainability will remain a constant in the future development of air conditioning systems.  As technology and materials engineering moves forward, cooling systems will continue to improve in efficiency.   Smart systems using artificial intelligence will also lead the way in future developments.

Britain’s prisons are struggling for accommodation space and one of the strategies for increasing capacity is to deploy modular buildings using offsite construction methods. This creates extra capacity that can be brought on stream quickly and efficiently.  Using offsite construction methods is much faster and cheaper than building new prisons or extending existing buildings.

These accommodation units require fitting out to make them habitable for inmates, in the same way as a standard prison cell has plumbing and electrical services.

The Project

Cool Services was delighted to win the contract to supply and install air conditioning systems in more than 7,000 modular buildings for deployment in prisons.  A team of F-Gas certified air conditioning engineers was assigned to this contract for 12 months from Cool Services’ head office in Shrewsbury.  

The team installed and commissioned air conditioning systems in thousands of the units including sleeping accommodation, accessible accommodation and ancillary units during their manufacture.

Air conditioning in Modular buildings

Air conditioning is an excellent heating solution for modular and portable buildings as it does not require a mains gas supply and offers greater energy efficiency compared to electric heaters. By installing air conditioning units in portable buildings, occupants can enjoy room cooling during summer and reliable heating throughout the winter, ensuring year-round climate comfort.

The results

Our client commended the workmanship of the Cool Services team.  Their ability to cooperate with other contractors working in close proximity in a very busy working environment was also praised.  “Our field engineers are always professional” stated Group General Manager Jason Cooper. “They are highly skilled and organised, are dependable in adhering to Health and Safety standards and work in a tidy manner.” 

While working at an offsite manufacturing location may have been unconventional for Cool Services, companies within our Group undertake similar projects installing electrical systems, intruder alarms, CCTV, fire alarms, and air conditioning units in modular buildings. The ease of relocating these units and the lack of the need for extensive foundations make them a popular choice for many government departments, schools, the NHS, other healthcare providers and many other businesses to address short-term accommodation requirements. 

Maintaining a cool and comfortable indoor environment is crucial, especially during the warm summer months but finding the perfect air conditioning installation for your property can be a time consuming and daunting task. With a myriad of options available, making well-informed decisions that meet your available budget and maximises energy efficiency is difficult to do.

Our Air Conditioning Calculator is designed to be your ultimate guide, providing you with the information needed to select the right air conditioning system to suit your specific requirements. In this brief overview, we will outline the features and benefits of our calculator, enabling you to stay cool, plan your budget effectively, and make sustainable choices.

Options tailored to your cooling needs

One of the key advantages of our Air Conditioning Calculator is its ability to quickly analyse the options available to you.  This fully costed recommendation is based on the precise dimensions and type of space to be cooled. Whether you have a small room, a large office, or an entire building, our calculator takes into account your unique measurements and produces a result in terms of the number of units that will be required to cool the space effectively.  The result shown will also  include alternatives in terms of the various unit types, such as wall units, under-ceiling units, or ceiling cassettes, that you can choose from to perfectly cool your space.

This empowers you to gain a full understanding of the number and types of air conditioning installation you can choose from to guarantee both cooling comfort and energy efficiency in your project.

Budget Insights – Considering Maintenance and ongoing costs

Taking account of the maintenance and long-term costs at the start of a project is essential. This is why our Air Conditioning Calculator offers a distinct advantage by providing you with the exact number of units required for your space.

From this you can determine future maintenance needs, enabling you to plan and budget effectively.

Many years of experience in a simple online calculator

On every site visit our surveyors always establish the ‘heat load’ of your room in order to establish the cooling requirements.  With our air conditioning calculator this experience is built-in, so you do not need to understand such technical terms to be able to use our calculator.

The heat load is simply the heat that needs to be removed in order to provide effective cooling and is measured in kilowatts. Our AC Calculator takes this critical parameter into account, factoring in the expected heat load for your specific space type, whether it be a domestic room, an office, or another commercial establishment.  The calculator shows you the heat load figure so you can quote this when you do further research. 

Get a quick and comprehensive quote

Most users of our AC Cost Calculator use it to get an instant quotation without a surveyor’s visit.  The on-line tool is great for that because it calculates a general estimate for installation including the air con units, materials such as pipework and labour.

You can easily compare the costs of different units on screen.  Planning a budget for installing a new system becomes pretty effortless with our air conditioning calculator.

However, there are times when a visit from a cooling professional such as an air conditioning surveyor is essential and our calculator will advise you when this is the case.  If your space is exceptionally large or its outline shape is atypical, our online tool will recommend a site visit for a more detailed survey of the space.

Cool Services your idea provider for AC:

Choosing the right air conditioning system for your room, office or other commercial space is effortless with our on-line calculator. Simply by inputting the dimensions and selecting the type of space; you can have a comprehensive quotation at your fingertips in seconds.

Everyone from a homeowner to an expert project manager can use our calculator to help plan an air conditioning installation project effectively. Visit our Air Conditioning Price Calculator at https://coolservices.co.uk/air-conditioning-calculator/ and embark on your journey toward a cool and comfortable environment. Stay in control of your comfort with our Air Conditioning Calculator today!

Revised Feb 2024

Now the chill of winter is definitely here, the comfort and welfare of your employees, visitors, and customers become paramount. Maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature within your commercial spaces, including offices, shops, restaurants, salons, factories, and warehouses, is crucial. Cool Services offers a comprehensive portable heating solution to supplement your heating when the temperatures drop drastically.

Why Opt for Portable Heating?

In the UK temperature fluctuations can catch us off guard. Portable heating offers an adaptable and cost-effective solution tailored to your immediate needs. Whether for a few days or an extended period, our prompt delivery and flexible hire options make it convenient for businesses of all sizes to access heating precisely when required.

Benefits of Choosing Hire Options:

Investing in commercial heaters involves substantial costs and commitment. Opting for hire services allows flexibility and cost-effectiveness, eliminating the need for extensive upfront investments. Of course maintenance responsibilities and compliance fall to the supplier so that’s one less thing for the estates or facilities team to worry about.

Expert Guidance for Your Heating Needs:

Selecting the right heating equipment for your business space can be challenging. Working alongside Cool Services provides the expertise needed to make informed decisions. Our specialists understand the legislation relating to such equipment in use in a workplace, so they will assist you in choosing the most suitable heaters for your immediate requirements and ensure that your health and safety obligations are met in full.

Versatile Applications:

From offices, warehouses, and healthcare facilities to schools and factories, our portable heating solutions cater to diverse environments and size of space. Moreover, we specialise in providing heating for temporary structures like marquees and tents, ensuring comfort during events, conferences and parties. Modular buildings such as cabins on a construction site or portable classrooms at a school can all benefit from the use of portable heating hire from Cool Services. Each type of temporary structure has its own safety regulations and requires a specific kind of heater. We can always help with the right space heater for the structure and need.

Tailored Support from Cool Services:

Our commitment extends beyond providing high quality, reliable equipment. We focus on your heating needs and offer one of the widest ranges of electric, gas, and oil-powered heaters in the Midlands.

Our experienced team will deliver and set up your equipment for free throughout the region, striving to make your hiring experience seamless and hassle-free.

Connect with Us:

For more insights or to explore our range of portable heating solutions, reach out to our dedicated team at 0800 970 5656. Let Cool Services help you to keep your commercial premises warm and comfortable throughout the year.

Every office manager aims to create an ideal workspace so that employees and visitors can work at their most productive and creative best. In terms of physical conditions in the office; ambient room temperature and air quality are really important factors. Whether it’s achieved through natural ventilation or an efficient air conditioning system, controlling the indoor climate significantly impacts health, safety, and productivity.

For any office manager considering an air conditioning installation, a considerable amount of project planning is essential to ensure the air conditioning system performs effectively. In this short guide, we shall outline the key considerations for an efficient and effective air conditioning installation in an office setting.

Early Planning for Summer Readiness

Timing has been put at the top of the list, as this is a great time of year to start planning an office air conditioning installation project. It’s vital to begin planning well in advance to avoid last-minute rushes. The best contractors will always have a full diary, so starting a project early will ensure a wider selection of contractors and prevent potential delays during peak seasons.

Selecting the Right Installer – Qualifications Matter

Choosing an air conditioning installation company that is registered by REFCOM and has F-GAS trained engineers, demonstrates installer proficiency and commitment to industry standards. This is an absolute requirement for a new air conditioning installation.

Experience in Office Installations

Choose an air conditioning installation company that is experienced in systems for office settings as they understand the unique requirements and complexities involved. They will be more proactive in designing and installing your new system and they are more likely to meet your deadlines.

Customising the Air Conditioning System

Consider the present and future needs of your office space when selecting the internal unit type. Flexibility in design allows for adjustments to changing room layouts or occupancy in the future. For example; consider the room layout before choosing between wall units and ceiling cassettes. Prioritise space utilisation and long-term functionality to accommodate potential future changes.

Placement of External Units:

Plan the outdoor unit positioning considering maintenance access and future expansion plans. Thinking this through carefully minimises the need for relocation post-installation.

Allocate Budget for Regular Maintenance:

It might seem like an unnecessary cost when a system is newly installed; however we always invite clients to plan for the cost of regular maintenance visits while planning an air conditioning installation. Setting aside resources for maintenance by a professional company will preserve your investment in your new equipment and keep operating costs and energy usage to a minimum. You are likely to find that maintenance visits are a prerequisite of the manufacturer’s warranty.

Navigating Quotations and obtaining funding

Ensure all quotes cover the same system specifications, this will aid accurate comparisons and avoid overlooking essential project elements. When putting a case together for funding, remember to highlight the cost savings and environmental advantages of modern energy-efficient systems – an experienced contractor will be able to help you with this.

Creating the perfect office environment with an air conditioning installation demands meticulous planning. This need not be too onerous a task with the help of a professional air conditioning installation company. With their expertise and insights, you can identify the factors that need consideration in your particular office setting. Together, you can prioritise efficiency, safety, and sustainability to create a comfortable and productive workspace for your employees.

The Perfect Solution for Marquees and Tents

Winter event planning often comes with the challenge of accommodating outdoor gatherings in varying temperatures. Event organisers tasked with orchestrating successful events understand the essential need for comfort, especially when it comes to outdoor settings. This is where the provision of high-quality outdoor heating hire services can be indispensable.

For any outdoor event, be it weddings, corporate gatherings or festivals, heaters are the perfect way to combat chilly weather, ensuring guests remain comfortable throughout the event. The versatility of marquee heaters makes it possible to heat diverse event spaces, providing warmth while “hiding the equipment” so that they won’t compromise the aesthetics of the event.

Outdoor heating hire

When considering outdoor heating hire, specifiers must prioritise several key factors. First and foremost is the quality and reliability of the equipment. Opting for reputable providers ensures the availability of high-performance heaters that guarantee consistent warmth, regardless of the prevailing weather conditions. Choose a supplier who maintains the equipment upon its return after every hire.

Another consideration is the adaptability of portable outdoor heaters to different settings. Whether it’s a small intimate gathering or a large-scale event, the flexibility of the hire company to be able to supply heaters to suit various spaces and layouts is a game-changer for specifiers aiming for flawless event execution.

Marquee heaters for hire

Choosing the right type of marquee heaters for hire is another essential consideration. From traditional gas and oil powered heaters to more eco-friendly electric variants, specifiers have a range of options to align with the event’s requirements and sustainability goals.

When choosing marquee heaters for hire the support and experience of the hire company is as important as the portable heating equipment.  Beyond functionality, event planners need seamless coordination and support from the company. Reliable, timely delivery, installation, and maintenance of the heaters are all vital for a successful event. Working with providers offering comprehensive assistance throughout the process ensures a smooth and hassle-free experience.

The demand for marquee heaters for hire and outdoor heating hire in the UK continues to grow, as outdoor events remain ever popular (despite the unpredictability of the UK weather!). Event organisers play a key role in curating inviting and comfortable spaces complemented by the right heating solutions. Considering factors such as size, type, aesthetics, and partnering with a reputable hire company are essential steps toward creating successful outdoor events.

By focusing on these factors, event organisers and party planners can elevate the ambiance and ensure warmth and comfort for all event attendees.

When it comes to managing a comfortable and productive work environment, air conditioning systems play a vital role. As temperatures rise during the summer months in the UK or drop significantly in the winter, a reliable and efficient air conditioning system becomes crucial. To ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your commercial air conditioning system, regular servicing is essential. In this blog, we will explore the significance of regular servicing and how it can benefit both your system and your business.

Energy Efficiency

One of the primary reasons for investing in regular commercial air conditioning servicing is to improve energy efficiency. An inefficient system can lead to higher energy bills, which can significantly impact your operational costs. A well-maintained air conditioning system runs more smoothly, reducing energy consumption and ultimately saving your business money.

Extended Lifespan

Commercial air conditioning systems are a significant financial investment for any business. To protect this investment and maximise the lifespan of your equipment, regular servicing is essential. Routine servicing can prevent wear and tear, reducing the need for costly repairs and extend the life of your system.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Regular commercial air conditioning servicing not only ensures a comfortable temperature but also maintains indoor air quality. Clean filters and well-maintained components help remove pollutants and allergens from the air, creating a healthier and more comfortable workspace for your employees and customers.

Enhanced System Performance

Over time, dust and debris can accumulate within your air conditioning system, hindering its performance. Commercial air conditioning servicing involves cleaning and inspecting the system to ensure that it operates at its best. This means consistent and reliable temperature control, reducing the likelihood of breakdowns and a more pleasant environment for everyone in your establishment.

Avoiding Unexpected Breakdowns

An unexpected air conditioning system failure can disrupt your business operations, leading to downtime, lost revenue, and frustrated customers. Preventive servicing can identify potential issues before they become major problems, minimizing downtime and maintaining a comfortable environment for all.

Cost Savings

While servicing does incur some costs, it is a more cost-effective approach when compared to emergency repairs or system replacements. Regular maintenance helps identify and address minor issues early, preventing them from escalating into expensive, major problems. It’s a wise investment in the long-term sustainability of your business.

In the world of commercial air conditioning, preventive maintenance and servicing are key to achieving optimal performance, extending the lifespan of your system, and reducing energy consumption. By investing in regular servicing, you will protect your financial investment and also ensure the comfort and well-being of everyone in your establishment. So, don’t wait until your air conditioning system breaks down; schedule regular servicing and enjoy the benefits of a well-maintained, efficient, and reliable system.

In the world of commercial spaces, where comfort and productivity go hand in hand, a well-functioning air conditioning system is a must. Controlling the indoor climate not only ensures the well-being of employees, visitors and customers but also directly impacts their productivity.  In this blog, we’ll explore the concept of the indoor climate and discuss how important commercial air conditioning servicing is and why it should be a priority for businesses of all sizes.

Enhanced Efficiency

One of the primary benefits of regular air conditioning servicing is the contribution is makes to enhancing the energy efficiency of the system. Over time, dust and dirt can accumulate in the air conditioning system’s components, hindering airflow and making the system work harder to cool the space. This can lead to increased energy consumption and higher utility bills. Routine servicing includes cleaning the system and checking essential components, ensuring it operates at peak efficiency, which ultimately saves money.

Improved Air Quality

Air quality within a commercial space is not only important for the health and comfort of occupants but also for their productivity. A well-maintained air conditioning system helps filter out particles such as CO2, dust, allergens, moisture and pollutants, leading to a cleaner and healthier indoor air quality. This can result in fewer sick days for employees and a more positive experience for customers.

Prolonged Equipment Lifespan

Regular servicing can help extend the lifespan of your air conditioning system. Technicians can identify and address minor issues before they become major problems, preventing costly breakdowns and the need for premature system replacements. Ultimately, planning a regular schedule of service visits by a professional air conditioning company saves time and money in the long run.

Compliance with Regulations

Commercial air conditioning systems equipment should be serviced twice each year. However, business critical and larger systems should be serviced every 3 months to keep them in good condition and comply with the regulatory requirements.  Commercial systems over 12 kW or larger also require an energy assessment known as a TM44 inspection every 5 years to remain compliant.

Increased Productivity

A comfortable work environment has a direct impact on employee productivity. When employees are not distracted by extreme temperatures or discomfort, they can focus better on their tasks. Sustaining an ideal temperature and optimal air quality through routine air conditioning servicing is an investment in your workforce, as it helps keep employees motivated and engaged. This same principle applies in schools where studies have shown that the indoor climate contributes to a student’s ability to learn and in hospitals where comfort is linked to recovery. 

24/7 Reliability

In the commercial world, the need for round-the-clock climate control is not uncommon. Regular servicing helps ensure that your air conditioning system remains reliable day in and day out. When your system is regularly serviced, it’s less likely to fail when you need it most, reducing the risk of business disruptions.

Commercial air conditioning servicing is more than just a maintenance task; it’s an investment in the comfort, efficiency, and success of your business. By ensuring that your system operates at peak performance, you not only save on energy costs but also promote a healthier and more productive work environment. Moreover, you protect your equipment, maintain regulatory compliance, and contribute to the overall well-being of your people and your business.

Don’t wait until your air conditioning system breaks down on a sweltering summer day or a freezing winter night. Schedule regular servicing to keep your business cool and efficient year-round. Your employees, customers, and bottom line will thank you for it.

Your thoughts will be turning to keeping your employees warm this Autumn whether your commercial building is small or large. Employees, visitors and customers are all more productive when they are comfortable and that means some form of heating and definitely draught exclusion.

Portable heating is a great way to supplement existing heating systems when it is especially cold or when spaces are being reconfigured and fixed heating is not yet installed.  Of course, it’s very useful in an emergency when installed heating systems have broken down and are awaiting repairs. Businesses can gain some real benefits from choosing portable heaters for hire.

Benefits Of Hiring Portable Heating units:

In the UK our temperatures can fluctuate quickly, but extremely cold temperatures are not usually around for long.  This means, it is often cost-effective to hire portable heating; for the few days that you will actually need it.  We offer long and short-term hire and respond quickly, at short notice, so you can choose exactly when you need portable heating.  With free delivery and friendly service, we make this a cost-effective and easy option for businesses large and small.  

Investing in commercial heaters is a big step and can be expensive, so hiring what you need precisely when you need it, can be a more viable and flexible alternative.

Your hire equipment supplier will be responsible for all the maintenance required, which is a huge benefit of renting portable heating. You won’t have to think about whether it meets the required legislation and means you can be sure that you are keeping your employees, visitors and customers warm – and safe.

Knowing which heater will work best in your business can be difficult, so working with a hire expert like Cool Services will not only help you choose the right heater for your current requirements, but it will allow you to “test run” portable heaters in situ.  Renting portable heating equipment gives you first-hand experience of what works effectively in your space and can provide helpful insights should you decide to purchase a heater later on.  

Where can portable heating be used?

Our customers range from offices, warehouses, shops, hospitals and healthcare to factories and schools.  We have a wealth of experience to share and will take the time to understand your exact needs. Portable buildings are also an area of expertise for Cool Services. As well as portable cabins, we also supply heating on hire for marquees, tents and modular buildings when used for additional space or events and weddings.

How Cool Services can help you to choose Portable Heaters for Hire

As well as keeping our heaters in excellent condition ready for hire, our hands-on team are available at the end of a phone, to discuss your requirements or answer any questions you may have about portable heating.

We understand that heating needs vary according to the time of year and the activities taking place in your business, which is why we have a broad range and deep stock of portable heaters. Unlike some hire companies that advertise a range of products from DIY to building equipment, we specialise in heating and cooling hire. With so many potential uses for portable heaters, we know that ‘one size does not fit all’.

All our equipment is serviced and thoroughly checked before every hire for your total peace of mind.

Types of Portable heating

Criteria such as the size of the space to be heated and whether you need huge volumes of heat or general background heating will lead towards the ideal type of heater powered by Electric, Gas or Oil. It will also indicate your need for indirect or direct heat.

Personal Service and support from Cool Services

Along with our vast stock of portable heaters for hire, we offer a free survey, design specification, delivery and installation so that you get the right portable heating for your space or building. 

During every installation our delivery team will ensure all the equipment is installed to meet the latest Health and Safety guidelines and is thoroughly evaluated to be sure that it is perfect for your space. At this point we also run comprehensive checks to make sure everything is running smoothly before you use the equipment. Our aim is to enable you to be confident in your operation of the equipment for the duration of your hire.  We take care to make hiring from us straightforward and flexible, so that you always have the right equipment to provide heat – safely and efficiently.

We are a local independent supplier, located in the heart of the Midlands in Kingswinford near Dudley, and deliver for free throughout Shropshire, the East Midlands and West Midlands.

For more information about selecting portable air conditioning units for your business, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly and knowledgeable team on 0800 970 5656.

In the UK, we seem to spend all winter moaning about the cold and wishing for warmer weather. Yet, when the temperatures rise, we are just as unhappy.

If you own a business, then you will know only too well how hard it is to keep your employees cool and comfortable during the summer months.

Fortunately, there are several practices that you can adopt to ensure your team is cool, calm and collected – however hot it gets outside.

Ready to be the boss that saves the day? Read on to discover eight tried and tested ways to keep your workforce cool in the summer. Plus, you’ll learn why it is so important to do so!

Hire air conditioning equipment

The simplest and most effective way to keep your employees cool during the hotter months of the year is to hire air conditioners. While you may think it would be more cost-effective to invest in an air conditioning unit, in some cases it can make financial sense to hire this equipment as and when you need it, due to the unpredictable and, quite frankly, disappointing UK weather,

Portable air conditioning units are your best bet, as these can easily be moved around the office or shop floor when and where they are needed.

Be flexible with your dress code

Although you may understandably want your employees to dress professionally all year round, it can be beneficial to be a little more flexible with your dress code policy during the summer.

Depending on the nature of your business, you could allow employees to wear smart shorts or give them the go-ahead to have bare arms. Another great idea is to permit your staff to wear smart polo shirts instead of stifling collared shirts – these are excellent for keeping cool in hot weather and also look professional at the same time.

Of course, the exact rules are up to you, but encouraging workers to wear lighter and looser types of clothing can make them feel a lot more comfortable when the hot weather hits. This will help them not only feel comfortable and cooler but will also ensure they can remain productive in the heat.

Invest in personal fans

As well as having air con units dotted around the office, you may also want to invest in small personal fans for each person or cubicle space. These are inexpensive and can provide your team with some much-needed relief from soaring temperatures.

Just make sure that they tidy away any loose paperwork on their desks before they switch them on to avoid impromptu paper aeroplanes flying around the office!

Provide cold water

There is nothing quite like a glass of ice-cold water when you are feeling the heat. So, if you want to keep your employees comfortable, then you need to make sure you are providing them with a constant supply of fresh, cold water.

The easiest way to do this is by having a few well-placed water coolers in your office or shop floor so that everyone has quick access to cold water when they need it. Alternatively, you could stock the fridge with bottled water, although this can quickly get expensive if you have a large team.

If you do decide to stock bottles of water, make sure to avoid using throwaway plastic bottles, as these are harmful to the environment. Instead, consider using reusable water bottles that your employees can wash, refill and reuse every time. Plus, you can even provide staff with their own company-branded reusable water bottles!

Keep windows shut

Although you may be tempted to open all the windows in the office to allow air to circulate, this will only make everyone feel even more uncomfortable if the air outdoors is hot.

Instead, keep all the windows closed during the hottest times of the day and switch on the air con or fans to help keep your office environment cool. If your office has blinds, it can also be a good idea to close these to avoid the hot glare of the sun.

Limit physical exertion

When the weather is hot, the last thing you want to do is exert yourself, which is why you should keep physical activity to a limit. For example, let’s say you have planned for someone to clean out the stationery cupboard. Does it really need to be done urgently, or can it wait until the temperature has cooled down?

If something really does have to be done sooner rather than later, then make sure that you enlist the help of enough members of staff so that you can reduce the amount of strenuous activity per team member.

Actively avoid overcrowding

Overcrowding is common in the workplace, especially in busy departments such as sales. However, when temperatures rise, too many people in one place is a recipe for disaster.

Instead, take steps to actively avoid overcrowding, such as cancelling unnecessary meetings and encouraging independent working where possible.

Safeguard vulnerable workers

If you have vulnerable workers in your office, such as a pregnant woman or someone with an existing health condition or disability, you need to ensure that you put additional safety measures in place for them.

Make sure that they always have access to cold water and, if possible, allow them to work from home for enhanced comfort and to eliminate the need for travelling in the hot weather.

Why is it important to keep your employees cool?

Although we may not get a lot of hot weather in the UK, we tend to be woefully unprepared when the temperatures do soar. If you don’t think that you need to put measures in place to protect your employees from hot weather, then the list of heat related conditions below might convince you:

Dehydration

As temperatures rise, the body produces sweat to keep itself cool. If you don’t replace this lost fluid, then you run the risk of becoming dehydrated.

Heat stress

When the body becomes too hot, heat stress can occur. This typically manifests itself in the appearance of muscle cramps, severe thirst, nausea, headaches and possible fainting.

Heat stroke

Heat stroke is a severe disorder that can be very dangerous if left untreated. Some of the most common signs of heat stroke are hot and dry skin, confusion, convulsions and, eventually, unconsciousness.

Lack of concentration

On a less serious note, being overheated can lead to a loss of focus and concentration, which can significantly reduce productivity.

As you can see from the above, hot weather poses a serious threat to your workforce, so you need to ensure that you take the necessary steps to protect them.

Keep your employees cool – no matter what the weather throws

Here at Cool Services, we can help you to keep your employees cool and healthy during periods of extreme weather. Get in touch with our friendly specialists today for more information!

Whether you are a professional event organiser, planning a work event or just organising a special occasion for your family and friends, bad weather can wreak havoc on all your carefully laid out plans. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to tackle the unpredictable UK weather and make sure your special occasion runs smoothly, without a hitch.

From hiring a portable heater to having an emergency kit on hand, read on to discover seven ways to prepare for extreme weather at your next event. Plus, you’ll learn how to plan the ultimate outdoor event!

Listen out for weather warnings

In the run-up to your event, you should always listen out for any weather warnings so that you can plan accordingly. Even if there are no forecasts for extreme weather events such as storms or floods, you still need to make sure you keep up to date with the local weather channels so that you can pre-emptively safeguard your event.

Of course, you can’t prevent bad weather from happening, but you can put measures in place to make sure your event can still go ahead and be a success.

If you are likely to forget to check up on the weather with everything else you have to do surrounding your event, then why not set up weather updates on your smartphone?

Have a backup plan

If you are planning an outdoor event, it’s always a good idea to have a plan B in case bad weather hits. Although you don’t want to have to book more than one venue, you may need to bring in different entertainment options in certain weather conditions which provides portable heating.

Furthermore, if your event is partially inside and partly outside, then you need to make sure you have suitable flooring and shelter in place to allow your guests to move between one space and another safely and in relative comfort.

Organise the logistics

When planning any event, especially one that’s outdoors, you need to carefully plan all the logistics. This includes where vendors will be set up and how any equipment will be brought onto the site. In the event of bad weather, this is even more important, as problems often occur when people are rushing to get out of the rain.

Make sure that you set up clear signposting so that all your guests know where they need to go and maps if your outdoor event is a large one with multiple areas.

Provide extra amenities

Although amenities might not seem as important as other aspects of your event, such as the food and entertainment, they quickly become essential when a bout of bad weather hits. Think about what you might need to make your guests feel more comfortable in the event of inclement weather.

For example, portable heaters (like fan heaters, direct gas heaters and oil heaters) are a great idea for times of the year when temperatures drop and they can be easily moved around your venue to provide maximum warmth. You may also want to offer blankets and waterproof ponchos so that your guests can quickly react to bad weather and continue to enjoy themselves.

Focus on food

If awful weather hits and some of your entertainment options have to be put on hold, then food can be your saving grace. Therefore, you need to make sure that you put enough time and effort into your catering choices. Whether you have opted for a sit-down meal or a more relaxed buffet or snack-style menu, there are many ways that you can get creative with the food and drink at your next event.

Food trucks have become increasingly popular at outdoor events as they allow you to offer your guests an eclectic range of different foods and drinks. Make sure that you pick foods and beverages that are suited to the upcoming weather, such as cool cocktails and ice cream in the summer and mulled wine and hot party food in the winter.

Never forget health and safety

As briefly mentioned above, you need to make sure you adhere to health and safety protocols at all your events but particularly when you are organising an event outdoors. Ensure that you have a health and safety strategy in place to prevent hazardous scenarios and always have multiple first aid kits in case of an emergency.

If you have any guests that are more likely to need medical assistance at your event, make sure that they know where to seek help and also where the nearest hospital is.

Take out event insurance

It doesn’t matter if you are holding an indoor or outdoor event; event insurance is a must, as this will make sure you are not out of pocket if the worst does happen.

Specifically, when it comes to outdoor events and poor weather conditions, event insurance can cover any equipment that is damaged by the weather, as well as cancellations due to weather issues in some cases, depending on the policy.

If you are on a tight budget, you will be pleased to hear that you can find event insurance to suit most budgets, and, depending on the size of your event, you should easily be able to afford this additional cost.

How to plan an epic outdoor event

Whatever the weather forecast, there are several tried and tested techniques that promise to make your next outdoor event a huge hit:

  • Choose a wow-factor location
  • Pick a fun and unique theme
  • Invest in lots of decorations
  • Source exciting entertainment
  • Be clever with your choice of lighting
  • Hire cleaners to keep the event space clean
  • Provide a separate area for the caterers
  • Invest in security for larger events

Want to keep your guests warm or cool at your special event?

Here at Cool Services, we are dedicated to helping our customers stay warm or cool during extreme weather. Check out our extensive range of heaters and air conditioners for hire and make sure that the weather doesn’t put a dampener on your next big event.

Get in touch with your friendly team for more information or a no-obligation quote. We look forward to hearing from you.

Did you know that two feet of water can move a car? Even more shockingly, just six inches of flowing water can knock an adult right off their feet.

Although many people go their entire lives without experiencing a flood, would you know what to do if the worst did happen? If not, then you need to keep reading.

Within the below guide, you will discover exactly what you need to do to keep yourself and your family safe in the event of a flood. In addition, you’ll find out how to recover from this devastating event more quickly and with less stress.

Step 1: Prepare

If flood alerts are issued in your area, you need to start preparing for a flood as quickly as possible. Flood alerts are designed to prepare people for a flood; they tell the public that a flood is imminent and they need to act now (unlike flood warnings, which are merely warnings informing people that a flood could happen). You can sign up for flood alerts via Floodline Warnings Direct, which offers a 24-hour service via phone, text or email.

There are several steps that you can take to prepare for a flood, such as packing a bag with essential items like insurance documents, house deeds, passports and any medication you or your family need. You should also ensure that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water supply. Additionally, it’s wise to invest in property protection products, such as flood barriers and air brick covers.

Finally, it can be a good idea to plan how you will evacuate your family and any pets you have if a flood does hit. If you’re unsure where to start with this, you can find flood evacuation plans and templates online.

Other preparations you may want to make include:

  • Checking your home and contents insurance policies to confirm they cover flooding
  • Gather warm blankets and waterproof clothing
  • Pack a bag with bottled water and non-perishable foods

Step 2: Act

As mentioned above, if flood warnings are issued in your area, you need to act fast, as this means that flooding is expected. There are several actions that you should take when a flood is on its way, such as moving any vehicles to higher ground and moving your family and pets to somewhere safe.

You may also want to move any valuable items in your home upstairs or to a safer place on your property. Although, remember, your family’s safety should always come first over belongings. Also, as mentioned, make sure you turn off the gas, electricity and water mains before you evacuate your home – but never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

If you get a severe flood warning, this means there is a danger to life, and you need to take more drastic action. Call 999 if you are in immediate danger and follow advice from the emergency services.

Step 3: Stay safe

There are many actions that you can take to keep yourself and your family safe in the event of a flood. Make sure that you are ready to act quickly and that you carry out your evacuation plan as soon as you are told it’s time to leave your home.

If you have not yet been told to evacuate, then there are still things that you can do to protect your family and your home. Start by plugging in all the sinks and baths, as this can help stop water from entering your home. It can also help to weigh them down with a sandbag or plastic bag filled with soil from the garden.

If you don’t have non-return valves fitted in your home, then you can plug water inlet pipes with old towels or cloths. You should also disconnect any household appliances that use water, such as the washing machine and the dishwasher.

When advised to evacuate by the emergency services, don’t be tempted to stay in your home, as this can put yourself and your family at risk. Once evacuated, you will most likely be taken to an evacuation centre, where you’ll be offered support and advice as well as shelter. You can also take your pets to these centres.

Step 4: Recover

Recovering from a flood can be challenging for many, especially if a lot of damage has been caused to your home. Fortunately, in almost all cases, your insurance company will be able to help you with any repairs and replacements that you need – as long as your policy includes flood protection (it’s always important to check this when buying property insurance coverage).

When you first return to your home after a flood, you need to be highly vigilant as there may still be some hazards lurking in your property. Look out for any sharp objects that may be hidden in the water or pollution that could cause an infection. If you rent your home rather than own it, you need to contact your landlord as soon as possible, as well as your contents insurance provider.

After you have assessed the damage, you may find you need to hire flood restoration equipment to dry out your home – these usually come in the form of portable dehumidifiers, building dryers, and carpet blowers. Again, if you have home insurance, the cost of renting these might be covered for you. If you don’t have insurance, it can be a good idea to contact your local council to see what help they can offer you. In some cases, a local charity may also be able to help.

During the recovery period, you may also want to think about how you can protect your home from future flooding events, such as

  • Use rugs instead of carpets
  • Lay ceramic tiles on the ground floor
  • Raise the height of electrical sockets
  • Use lime plaster instead of gypsum on the walls
  • Fit non-return valves on all drains and inlet pipes
  • Replace wooden window and door frames with synthetic ones

Although it can seem impossible to recover from a flood, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Make sure that you accept any offers of help from others within your community as well as any government schemes that are put in place to help victims of flooding.

Are you searching for the right air conditioning system for your office? While there are various options available, there is one unit which stands out from most others: cassette air conditioning units.

If you’re wondering why cassette air conditioning is a popular choice, this guide will provide six reasons to select it for your office.

Cassette unit air conditioning: how does it work?

Let’s just take a step back. Before explaining the benefits, we will explain exactly what a cassette air conditioning unit is and how it works.

Ultimately, cassette air conditioning works in the same way as any other standard air conditioning system. It takes warm air from within your space, moves it through a cooling element containing refrigerant, which removes heat, and transfers the heat outside while releasing the cooled air back into the office. The main difference with cassette units, however, is due to the location it is mounted.

Rather than being mounted on your office walls, a cassette air conditioner is installed in the ceiling void with a flat facia panel. This is generally possible in any space that features a suspended or ‘floating’ ceiling with enough space to accommodate the unit.

Now it’s time to cover the main reasons to opt for cassette air conditioning with your office.

Reason 1: It helps to maximise available space

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of using cassette air conditioning is the amount of space that it saves. There’s no worry about the unit sticking out or getting in the way of people or necessary furniture. Your walls are left free, which ensures you are able to maximise your space. You can still go with that filing cabinet or hanging photo frame.

A cassette air conditioning system is effectively ‘invisible’ they are in our opinion the most aesthetically pleasing. It takes up no more space than what is currently available in your office. The only thing you may have to consider is moving a light fixture around to ensure your air conditioning unit is in the perfect central location.

Reason 2: A versatile option

Cassette unit air conditioning systems are one of the most versatile and straightforward installation choice around.

The reason for this is simple: they can be installed in a wide assortment of spaces. Do you work in a small, cosy office? A compact cassette unit is a suitable pick which will fit into a single ceiling tile. Perhaps your business operates from a large office with plenty of open space? Again, standard cassette air conditioning is a fine choice compared to other available options.

Another major positive with installing cassette unit air conditioning systems is the simple nature of getting the job done. Your office doesn’t have to undergo any major changes. There are no expensive adjustments required to the structure of the premises.

Reason 3: Effective temperature control

The good news is that cassette air conditioning systems are among the most powerful and effective solutions on the market.

In fact, they are often more powerful than their wall-mounted counterparts. Their effectiveness is another reason why they are a great choice for large office spaces. Due to features like four-way airflow, cassette air conditioners are able to effectively disperse the desired air to all four corners of your office.

The result: it’s not just certain spots in your office that are cooled, your chosen temperature is achieved in all areas of your workspace.

Reason 4: The aesthetic air conditioning choice

In addition to the first point above regarding maximising office space, cassette air conditioners are the route to go with when it comes to aesthetics. As well as being slim in profile (the majority of the unit is hidden in the ceiling), the fascia panel is also available in different colours to suit your interior which is great if your ceiling is not white!

Reason 5: Keep it quiet

When installing an air conditioning system in your office, one of the main worries will be about the noise produced. No matter what type of air conditioner you select, it will result in a certain level of noise due to the mechanical parts– and that’s not what you want when cultivating a quiet office environment.

Cassette air conditioning units are known for being quiet when in operation. The system’s work is mostly done in the outdoor unit, which keeps internal volume levels nice and low. It is unlikely to be heard above normal office sound levels.

Reason 6: An efficient route

The need for energy efficient solutions has always been a priority however the rising cost of energy has now made this critical. This is particularly the case for businesses, where a large proportion of overhead expenses are linked to utility bills. Because of this, it’s important to select an air conditioning unit that is efficient and keeps running costs to a minimum.

Again, a cassette air conditioning system falls into this category. They are known for their energy efficient performance. Once the target room temperature is achieved, the air conditioning system will immediately reduce its power usage by shutting down components until required again.

To ensure that your air conditioning remains energy efficient throughout its years of service it will need regular maintenance.  The cost of maintenance is easily offset by the reduction in performance and the rise in energy use that is likely to occur without carrying out the maintenance.  

For More Information

Ceiling cassette units are included in our online air conditioning calculator. You can get an instant quotation for ceiling cassettes that will be tailored exactly to your space. Simply type in your room dimensions and the type of space to be cooled and our calculator will do the rest. A quote will be produced for you, to help you plan your next air conditioning installation.

There are numerous air conditioning solutions available for different situations. These solutions include everything from ceiling cassette units to wall-mounted splits. However, one of the most popular options is multi-split air conditioning.

Yet why is this the case?

To explain, this guide will spotlight the main advantages of using multi-split air conditioning, along with how it compares against VRF systems.

What is multi-split air conditioning?

First, let’s explain what a multi-split air conditioning system is and how it works. Based on the name alone, you can gather that it involves multiple air conditioning units. With that said, there’s more to its functionality than that.

A split system is known for comprising of both internal and external components. Pipework and electrical cables are used to connect the two components together, and this ensures the refrigerant is able to flow to and from each air conditioning unit.

The external condenser features not just the system’s biggest components, but also the loudest. As a result, this keeps noise to a minimum for the air conditioning units that are used inside the property – the noise is away from the rooms you are occupying. As it features multiple internal units, it can also be installed in various rooms and areas of a building as needed.

What’s the difference between multi-split and VRF systems?

When doing research into multi-split air conditioning, it is inevitable you will also come across references to VRF systems. What is VRF? What is difference between multi-split air conditioning & VRF systems?

VRF stands for variable refrigerant flow. In terms of general function, it matches up to multi-split systems in that both are designed to cool and heat. However, there are notable differences between multi-split air conditioning & VRF systems, and the one you choose is dependent on your requirements.

For instance, a VRF system installation is more suitable for larger commercial building structures. Its added technological capabilities can also be beneficial, such as being able to heat and cool simultaneously across different areas of a property.

For residential settings and smaller commercial structures, however, a multi-split system will typically be the wiser choice of the two. Below we’ll explain why.

The benefits of using a multi-split air conditioning system

You know the general advantages of using air conditioning. You understand it helps you to control the indoor air quality in your home or business premises. Nevertheless, what makes a multi-split system so beneficial for either residential or commercial use? Here are the main points to consider.

Temperature control with flexibility

If you have a single split air conditioning system in your property, this can make it tricky to control the temperature – particularly if the space is extensive in size. Certain areas will be warmer or colder than others. With a multi-split air conditioning system, this isn’t a concern you have to worry about.

The biggest advantage is the ability to connect to multiple indoor units to one outdoor unit. You are able to heat or cool multiple rooms. Designed for small to medium commercial applications multi split systems use a smaller size of refrigerant piping which is aesthetically more pleasing since it requires less space and is easier to contain. Each indoor unit has its own set of refrigerant pipework leading back to the condensing unit.

Quiet in operation

As touched upon above, another benefit of using a multi-split air conditioning system is that it’s quiet when in operation. The outdoor element contains the compressor which can be the noisiest part of the system and this is installed outside your building.

An easy installation process

This may not seem like it would be the case. After all, pipework is required to run to each air conditioning unit. Fixtures need to be made to mount units and ensure they remain in place. That’s a complex job, right? Well for professionals, it is a routine straightforward task.

Just remember, the key word in that sentence is professionals. It takes expert installers to make the job an easy one and keep you on the right side of the regs. Always choose a REFCOM registered company with engineers who have completed the relevant F-Gas refrigerant training and certification. It’s vital that you can trust your contractor to install or maintain your system in line with the current regulations. If you hire carefully and correctly in that regard, it shouldn’t take long for your multi-split air conditioning system to be installed.

A cost-effective solution

If you only focus on the upfront costs, you might not think it’s all that cost-effective. However, installing a multi-split system can be cheaper than you might expect. Of course, the price of systems can vary significantly depending on the system’s features, how many units you require, and the type of installation work that needs to be done.

Another factor to consider with regards to cost-effectiveness is its energy efficiency rating. Again, you may expect that such a system could use a lot of electricity because it runs multiple units. However, that’s not always the case. As long as you choose the right system to suit your business operations, or your home, multi-split air conditioning units can be among the most energy efficient around.

It is worth the investment?

In many ways, adding a multi-split air conditioning system to your building can be more than worth the investment. Overall, it can help you to save money on your utility bills, as it can be more energy efficient than alternative solutions for heating and cooling.

Another benefit is that it can add value to your business or property. Whether you install the system in your home or a commercial space, it will boost its overall value. More and more people are searching for properties that feature air conditioning as standard.

Did you know there are numerous air conditioning systems types available? Each one comes with their own distinct advantages, where certain systems are more appropriate for certain applications. Here’s a quick look at the most common systems:

  • Wall-mounted splits: As the name suggests, this air conditioner type is affixed to the wall. This is done at a high level, where external condensers are used to dissipate the outdoor heat.
  • Cassette units: Rather than being mounted on the wall, a cassette unit is installed into ceilings,  usually suspended ceilings. These units are effective while being subtle in design.
  • Ducted units: These can be the most discrete systems as they are usually hidden in ceiling voids and vent the conditioned air through ductwork to supply air grills in the ceiling.
  • Multi-split: While a single-split system is suitable for small spaces like a cosy café or single office, larger premises require more cooling (or heating). This is where a multi-split system, would be more suitable these systems can provide temperature control in multiple spaces.
  • VRF systems: If you need a more complex, technologically advanced option, look no further than a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system. These allow for up to 16 indoor AC units to be connected to a single outdoor condensing unit.

As mentioned, with different air conditioning systems, types are more suitable in some situations compared to others. If you’re unsure about which system would be the best fit for your needs, it is essential you receive guidance from a professional. The last thing you want is uneven temperature control across your premises, or an inefficient unit that consumes more energy than necessary.

Consider the noise

Noise will always be a factor with air conditioners. Even the most advanced systems have mechanical parts like motors and fans that produce an audible sound. With that said, the noise can be significantly different depending on aspects like the unit and its location.

Fortunately, before any purchase you can check the noise levels of an air conditioner because it’s included in the specifications. This is found under decibels (dB). As an example, a standard wall-mounted air conditioning unit capable of an 8,000 BTU cooling capacity will produce approximately 45 dB in the low fan speed. To compare this, normal speech levels typically hit the 60 dB level.

In general, the noise level of an air conditioning system is determined by its cooling capacity. The higher the cooling capacity, the louder the unit.

Ultimately, most air conditioning units will produce negligible noise that will largely go unnoticed in a work environment. However, if a quiet space is imperative for your business, ensure you choose a low decibel unit, and enjoy whisper quiet operation.

Energy-efficiency levels

Electricity bills are a hot topic right now. As the cost of energy continues to skyrocket, businesses are searching for ways to reduce their energy use. This can be achieved in several ways, one of which is to select energy-efficient appliances. That includes your air conditioning system.

By choosing the right air conditioning from the start, your company can save a lot of money in the long run. This is particularly the case if you have a large premises that demands something like a multi-split system or VRF.

To check the efficiency of an air conditioning unit, make sure to check the energy efficiency ratio (EER). As you might expect, a higher EER score is what you want to see when selecting an energy-efficient system.

For a high-quality air conditioning unit that is efficient, it needs to manage the heating and cooling demands successfully. This goal is helped by ensuring both insulation and ventilation are at a high level.

How much is the budget?

Budget will always play an important role in any business decision you make. Selecting an air conditioning unit is no different. While you must think about the long-term costs of energy and maintenance, you also have to consider the upfront costs at this time.

How much can you set aside for air conditioning? Will you be able to afford the most expensive option available if needed? Maybe you have to make some concessions? Either way, it’s vital you understand your costs right from the start.

It is important to avoid specifying an air conditioning unit simply based on its price. This might cost you a lot more money in the long run, particularly if you have to replace the air conditioning system because it’s inadequate for your operations and your space.

We have a useful online calculator that will give you a quick quotation for a new air conditioning installation. Simply type in the dimensions and type of room to be cooled and our calculator will produce a cost estimate to help you get an insight into the budget you will need for your project.

Selecting the right installation contractor

It is not just the air conditioner itself you have to think about. You also have to pay careful attention to the installation company you select. Not only do you have to select an installation contractor that makes sense from a cost perspective, but also one which possesses the necessary skills, and experience to install and maintain it.   

The latter aspect is understandably the most important. You need an installation contractor that is qualified to install air conditioning. Always choose a REFCOM registered company with engineers who have completed the relevant F-Gas refrigerant training and certification. It’s vital that you can trust your contractor to install or maintain your system in line with the current regulations.

The installation should be well planned to suit your business schedule (out of hours if necessary) and involve team members with the NICEIC qualification to the complete electrical-related services. A great contractor will be one that understands all the  factors mentioned above and who also cares about the aesthetics of your system.

The energy crisis is having a major impact on businesses and homes all over the UK. It is so concerning that it makes the headlines on every news bulletin. It seems no business is able to escape its impact as energy use is fundamental to the production and transportation of goods and services of all kinds in all sectors.

The cost of operating a business is rising to unprecedented levels and consequently businesses are searching for ways to avoid soaring energy bills. While the government works on how to ease the pain for businesses and households, we can take steps towards reducing the level of energy we use in our businesses and mitigate the impact of energy costs in some areas.

There is a lot of advice and great suggestions for how to reduce energy in a business.

How to benefit from an Energy Audit

Conducting an energy audit is an important place to start. Many companies offer these and so getting third-party help in finding out exactly where your energy is used and wasted, is a good investment. Other suggestions for reducing energy usage and therefore business costs often include installing added insulation, solar panels and electric vehicle chargers and investing in electric vehicles. As air conditioning installers and expert electricians ourselves, we would add install occupancy sensors to ensure lights only work in occupied workspaces and keep lamps dust free (preferably LED lamps).

Interestingly, the use of air conditioning as a method of heating in a workplace, is very rarely listed, as a good way to reduce energy usage and avoid the use of gas. Many businesses already have air conditioning systems installed and do not always realise firstly, how efficient they are and secondly that they can be used for heating a business premises.

Always check the energy efficiency ratings

Air conditioning units are rated in terms of their heating and cooling efficiency. The term COP or ‘Coefficient of Performance’ is a measurement of the energy efficiency of an air-conditioning unit’s heating performance.

Air conditioning units have a coefficient of performance of up to five, meaning that they can generate up to 5kW of heat from 1kW of electrical input. The most efficient units, those with a COP rating of five or close to it, are incredibly efficient when used for heating.

Similarly, the term EER or ‘Energy Efficiency Ratio’ is the ratio of a unit’s cooling output relative to its input power. If your air conditioning unit generates 5kW of cooling from 1kW of electrical input its EER would also be five. These ratings are important to consider when choosing which air conditioning units to install in a commercial building, since the more energy efficient the unit, the cheaper the energy bills.

Choose air conditioning for total flexibility

Such energy conversion efficiencies in heat production, is on a par with green technologies such as air source heat pumps, but yet air conditioning offers the added advantage of flexibility on top. An efficient air conditioner is capable of being switched from heating to cooling instantly as the indoor temperatures change.

To gain further savings, your air conditioning installer can incorporate controllers designed for energy-efficient regulation of Air Conditioning systems. Apps can also be used to control and monitor systems via a PC or smart device.

Air conditioning is an established system for keeping buildings comfortable and occupants productive. It should not be overlooked as a method of lowering the energy consumption of buildings, reducing carbon emissions and minimising running costs.

As we approach winter, the sharp rise in the cost of heating buildings, is a major consideration for business owners and energy efficiency and reducing energy usage need to be top of the agenda.

The quest to find an expert air conditioning installation contractor should not be an onerous one. In this blog we highlight our top tips on how to find the right company to suit your business’ air conditioning requirements and get the reassurance that you need for making a major capital investment.  

Always begin by identifying your company’s air conditioning needs.  That is, establish which areas are uncomfortable and require climate control.   This means conditioning the air to remove CO2, moisture, gases, odours, pollutants and uncomfortable humidity.

Always do some basic desk research.

The minimum requirement you should look for in an air conditioning installation company is registration with the trade association REFCOM and F-Gas certification.  Most professional contractors are registered, so be very wary of any that aren’t. The easiest way to ensure your business takes an environmentally responsible approach to refrigerant management is to employ an F-Gas certified installation contractor.  It’s easy to find a company near you by visiting the REFCOM register of contractors at https://www.refcom.org.uk/refcom-register/ .

Check out the company’s website to establish any other useful accreditations such as Constructionline or CHAS.  Both of these demonstrate competency in Health and Safety procedures.

Find out whether the air conditioning installation contractor’s qualifications include complementary skills such as electrical services.  Having a team of in-house electricians could be a major bonus to the smooth running of an installation project and could avoid delays in subcontracting out the electrical aspects to an additional contractor.

Another indicator of a competent and dependable company is the length of time that they have been trading. A long-established business is usually one with experienced staff and satisfied customers.

How can you choose between companies?

You cannot simply rely upon desk research; you need also to request references and reviews – a great contractor will be happy to supply referees with systems similar to yours.  Also ask for Case Studies and articles offering specific advice relating to your business or premises, surprisingly, these are not always on the company’s website.

Take up any offer of a free survey and no obligation quote.  This is a great chance to meet the contractor and judge their understanding of your needs in person. 

The company’s commitment to energy savings is also noteworthy, in particular the air conditioning system options they provide to keep your energy use to a minimum.

Take note of how interested they are in the aesthetics of your project.  Skills and qualifications are essential but so too are aesthetics. The contractor needs to take account of your interiors and confirm with you the finish they will achieve. 

Enquire about their availability – if they are available immediately it might be a sign that they have few satisfied customers and ring some warning bells for you.

Maintaining your commercial air conditioning installation

Since a maintenance contract is the best way to protect your investment and keep your equipment running efficiently, we suggest that you use an installation contractor that also offers maintenance services.

A good installation and maintenance company will ensure that you comply with the air conditioning regulations and remind you when service visits are due. High calibre contractors also offer 24-hour call outs if you have critical cooling requirements.

Outdoor Events and how to keep your guest comfy with unpredictable temperatures

This time last year we were heading for high temperatures in May, and yet as we plan our parties, conferences and events for this Summer we have no idea what the weather holds. Most of us; individuals and businesses alike, are all delighted with the reopening of pubs, restaurants, and sporting events and will whole heartedly enjoy the new found freedom, however, the weather is very unpredictable and a key element in planning an event out of doors.

April 2022 has certainly been stormy with some regions enduring very heavy rainfall and so the majority of people are keen to see the weather settle and temperatures rise as Spring gives way to Summer.

It seems that after enduring lockdown restrictions for so long we are ready to party at last!

Here at the Hire and Sales division of Cool Services, we are seeing a significant pick up in the number of customers planning events and parties.  Both businesses and private individuals tell us that they are planning a whole host of events not only because things are returning to normal, but also because there are many postponed conferences and parties that can now take place.  The nation seems determined to catch up with the events and celebrations that were postponed due to Covid 19 restrictions, and while the relief and the excitement is palpable, event planners’ thoughts soon turn to the uncertainties of the British weather.

Fortunately, if you are worried about your guests or attendees feeling too hot or a little on the chilly side at your planned event, there is a simple solution to your problem.

Air conditioning portable unit for Tents and Marquees

When planning an outdoor corporate day, a festival, or a wedding, climate control is exactly what you need to keep your guests comfortable, whatever the temperature.

Before you rent portable equipment such as an air conditioning portable unit or a heater for your next outdoor event, you need to first consider the following:

  • Time of day
  • Undercover or Al Fresco?
  • Seasonal Temperature

You will have differing needs depending on whether your event is in the day or the night. Also, if your event is being held in a marquee where guests will be protected from the elements, you will need different portable equipment than if everyone were out in the open.

Advance knowledge of the average temperature for the time of year for your event can help you decide whether air conditioning unit hire or heater hire is the right way to go.  

At Cool Services we are industry leading experts in marquee heating and cooling hire, providing portable air conditioning units and or heaters for uses in all types of marquees, teepees and stretch tents.  We offer the full range of equipment for portable buildings and indeed ordinary buildings that may need a little extra cooling or heating throughout the most unpredictable months. Our range of units for short-, or long-term hire is extensive and each model is appropriate for use in structures such as portable cabins, tents and marquees.  We can help you decide whether heating or cooling is required and because our range is broad, we can provide both types of climate control to suit your requirements. 

Hiring portable air conditioning units

We offer a broad range of equipment together with a free survey, design specification, delivery and installation so that you get the right air conditioning portable unit or heaters to suit your tent and the purpose you are using it for.  All our equipment is serviced and sanitised after every hire for total peace of mind. 

During the build up to your event, our experienced team will ensure all the equipment is installed to Health and Safety guidelines and is thoroughly evaluated to be sure that it is perfect for your space. We take the time to make sure everything is running smoothly so you can focus entirely on your event.  Our goal is to do everything we can so that your guests, employees or delegates are entirely comfortable and will enjoy your event. Hiring portable air conditioning units for your marquee should be a straightforward process, we aim to make it easy and support you as an event host so that you have the right equipment to do the job safely and efficiently.

Centrally located in Kingswinford near Dudley, we offer free delivery throughout Shropshire, the East Midlands and West Midlands

For more information about selecting portable air conditioning units for your next event, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly and knowledgeable team on 0800 9705656 and follow us at Linkedin.co/coolservices-ltd

Cool Services Ltd installs Air Conditioning at new high tech training facility.

Cool Services was delighted to work on the new Fire training Centre being built at the Kingsbury Water Park site near Tamworth. Sub-contracted to local electrical contractor, Kendalls Electrical Services based in Telford, Cool Services was proud to be part of the team working on the prestigious new facility.

The new state of the art training centre will be used for lectures, theoretical training and virtual reality incident command training, that is not possible to replicate in real life.

The Spec

The latest in ventilation and air conditioning was specified by Warwickshire County Council to meet their strict indoor air quality policy. The works involved installing ventilation and air conditioning in the main training centre building.

The ventilation and cooling demands of various room types had to be considered including a reception area, control room, computer room, briefing room, incident command office, admin offices, operation policy room, operation instruction room, main lecture room, breakout area with refreshment area, shower facilities, toilets and changing areas.

The Solution

Cool Services’ role included the design and installation of comprehensive systems to provide room air conditioning and ventilation to meet the regulations for air exchange in the building.  The ability to provide effective control of the air quality and working environment inside the various rooms and spaces, with their varying uses and occupation levels, had to be considered.

Daikin wall mounted units with inverter-driven condensing units, were chosen to provide air conditioning together with a Nuaire ventilation heat recovery system.

The Nuaire solution offers three distinct user-selectable modes which are: supply air warming, fresh air cooling and neutral, all whilst automatically regulating fan speeds according to demand.

Air Conditioning System Installer

The Outcome

Using products from manufacturers with extremely high-quality standards, allowed Cool Services to meet the building’s indoor air quality requirements in full and the experienced team installed the equipment to high engineering standards. 

Cool Services was able to meet the requirements of the build programme and to deliver the works on time. 

Kendalls are highly satisfied with the service and installation from Cool Services.

Kendalls Project Manager Rob Yeomans added, “It was important that we partnered with an air conditioning and ventilation specialist who has the knowledge and expertise required to meet all project deadlines. This is a highly technical building with exacting requirements.”

Commenting; Cool Services’ Project Manager, Dean Robinson said, “As well as employing our technical expertise, we always work efficiently and in a clean and tidy manner, conscious of the need to support and liaise with other contractors working on site.”

When occupied; the building will offer state of the art fire training facilities with an easy to regulate, low energy, low noise, air cooling and warming system, to keep all occupants comfortable and healthy.

January is usually the month when we plan for the forthcoming year, both in our personal lives and in our businesses.  Even if your business’ financial year doesn’t follow the Gregorian calendar, there is still something quite special about opening the computer’s calendar for the new year or starting that new diary on the first day of January.

Planning begins in earnest here at Cool Services with new projects and policies and a great enthusiasm for new technologies which will support our customers’ business objectives in the coming year.

Past performance helps inform future planning

For estates managers and maintenance teams; planning for a new year is an enormous task.  Many will review how essential building services have performed in the previous year. They consider what has gone well and not so well and examine the pinch points and triggers for this. Compliance checks too, are a major item in the estates calendar.

As commercial air conditioning installers, many of our clients talk to us in January about planning new installations and maintenance visits for the year ahead. They want to get their planned preventative maintenance visits booked into the diary, for dates that suit the business.  For air conditioning installations and servicing, this can be during annual shutdowns or less busy periods where the disruption to the working day can be minimised.    

Added efficiency and reliability

Since dust and worn parts can dramatically affect the efficiency of air conditioning systems; it’s highly recommended that two maintenance visits are undertaken every year, to keep commercial air conditioning units running efficiently.  We always remind clients that maintenance visits are also necessary to validate the manufacturer’s warranty for the air conditioning units.  Planning maintenance at the beginning of the year means that the visits can be timed to prepare your systems for the periods that you are going to rely heavily on them, be that cooling in summer or heating in winter.

Regular, planned maintenance gives you confidence in your system’s performance and the peace of mind that your system will be reliable when you need it most.  

Complete support the whole year through

At Cool Services we offer more than simple air conditioning services we can manage the scheduling and booking of your maintenance visits.  Our team of maintenance engineers and project managers can help you plan your maintenance schedule in advance. We will send you timely reminders and book visits so you have more time to focus on the things that are more important to your business.

This is easy to arrange and offers the benefit that you will never be out of compliance.  Your commercial air conditioning unit will also benefit from regular maintenance because it will deliver optimum efficiency, reduced running costs and prolonged lifespan.

To read our blog on what is involved in an air conditioning Maintenance visit click here

Contact us today for further information and friendly, expert advice on 0800 374 217

As the government continues to recommend social distancing to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, we look at how businesses and organisations are creating extra space to accommodate returning employees and social events.    

We are still advised to observe social distancing in all aspects of our lives and that poses challenges for businesses as they build up staff numbers as employees return to work.  

This challenge is especially problematic when planning events, conferences or parties where a large number of people are invited to gather in the same space. 

We are seeing a trend towards the use of portable buildings being added to businesses with many being erected and free standing in carparks across the nation.  Where once we used to see marquees, tee pees and portable buildings erected for weddings, parties and festivals, ingenious business owners and managers are using them for everyday activities such as overspill canteens to create additional space at their existing workplace or venue.

And it is not only businesses; many schools and colleges have also commissioned temporary structures to offer more space for use as classrooms, catering areas and staff rooms.

We know of one Midlands football club that has erected a marquee in their car park to house their physiotherapists and give them more spacious areas to treat their players.  

Keeping occupants comfortable

To work effectively as an extension of current building space and allow employees to social distance, temporary buildings like marquees need to be warmed up to a comfortable working temperature.  Unlike traditional buildings, they lack insulation and heating needs careful planning by an experienced team. Cutting corners on this will leave your employees cold and uncomfortable and the space unusable.

Since the building is temporary, so it follows that heating hire makes the most financial sense.  Renting heaters offers complete flexibility since the hire period can be long or short term, to suit the clients’ specific requirements.

A range of heaters to suit your needs

At Cool Services we are industry leading experts in marquee heater hire, providing heaters for use in all kinds in marquees, tee pees and stretch tents.  We offer the full range of space heaters for portable buildings and in fact ordinary buildings that need additional heat during the coldest months. Our range of direct fired oil heaters, direct fired gas, indirect fired oil heaters, electric heaters and oil radiators is extensive and each is designed to meet a specific heating requirement and is appropriate for use in specific portable structures such as marquees. 

Safety is absolutly critical – Please always seek the advice of your temporary building or stretch tent supplier to ensure you have the correct heater for the structure type.

Our focus is on you

We offer a broad range of equipment and back it up with a free survey, design specification, delivery and installation, so that you get the right heat for hire to suit your portable building and the purpose you are using it for.  All our equipment is serviced and sanitised after every hire for your peace of mind.  Utilising heat on hire offers your business or organisation the most flexibility both financially and physically.

If you have reconfigured seating arrangements to allow for social distancing then hiring heating is a great solution while things return to normal or until a permanent heating solution can be installed.

Centrally located in Kingswinford near Dudley, we offer free delivery throughout Shropshire, the East Midlands and West Midlands. 

Our focus is entirely on your event or conference, we want your guests, employees or delegates to be so comfortable that they can relax and get the most out of your event.

Hiring heaters for your marquee should be a straightforward process. We know how to make it easy and will support you, so that you have the right equipment to do the heating job, safely and efficiently for as long as you need it.

The recent Covid 19 pandemic has heightened awareness of the spread of respiratory viruses and has placed scrutiny on indoor air quality. These concerns have led the facilities team in many organisations to take proactive action, to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all employees and visitors.

While planning the safe return of large numbers of employees to the workplace; many companies and organisations are focussing on the quality of the indoor air in their buildings. It goes without saying, that the priority is the need to make indoor air free from viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. As a result, attention has turned to finding a solution for the air conditioning units located throughout buildings, some of which have been switched off during lockdown.

The innovation

Many air conditioning system manufacturers are developing “cleansing” technologies and innovations for incorporation into new air conditioning units.  Here at Cool Services, we are successfully installing an air purification unit into existing air conditioning units. This unique, brand-new technology utilises UV lamps to sterilise the air every time it passes through the air conditioning unit. It has been developed to be retrofitted into air conditioning ceiling cassette units of varying brands and ages, and provides a solution for existing air conditioning units.

Why Choose Cool Services?

Cool Services is an air conditioning services specialist with more than 43 years’ experience of installing and maintaining systems in commercial buildings. Our role in helping businesses upgrade to self-sterilising units means we liaise with the manufacturer and install the air purification technology into your air conditioning units.  

Ben Cheadle, Project Manager at Cool Services said, “the technology is a very clever piece of kit and retrofitting it into existing ac units keeps capital costs down and minimises disruption to the daily operation of the workplace”.

The Benefits

The sterilisation units once commissioned, have been shown to provide a 99% kill rate of airborne bacteria and viruses. This offers considerable peace of mind for building operators and owners. Importantly, the added purification units do not have any impact on the energy efficiency or performance of the existing air conditioning ceiling cassettes and can be easily installed by a professional air conditioning company.

The deployment of an air sterilising unit within the existing air conditioning unit, is a cost-effective addition to the public health and hygeine steps a business can take, to maintain a healthy and Covid-secure workplace.  

Contact us today for further information and expert advice on 0800 374217.

Maintaining your air conditioning system is vital to keeping efficiency high and running costs low. That’s why it is worth investing time to find the right company to look after your system, whether it is a new installation or an existing system.

In fact, without planned maintenance, many equipment manufacturers will only offer a basic warranty, so it is the best way to get an extended warranty period. This can be significant and in some cases, it can mean the difference between a one year and seven year warranty.  That’s a major benefit, as is using the maintenance visit as a means of keeping on the right side of your legal obligations when it comes to the F-Gas regulations, the EU legislation designed to reduce the emission of F-Gases.

There are many companies offering maintenance services, so here are a few tips for finding the right one for your needs.             

Why do you need to do some research?

A lot of air conditioning contractors are registered with the trade association REFCOM and are F-Gas certified.  This is in fact the minimum requirement you should look for when recruiting an air conditioning maintenance company.

It is often useful if the contractors qualifications go beyond simply air conditioning ones, for example; electrical skills available within the same company can help installations run smoothly. They may even avoid miscommunications that can occur if the electrical side of the works is subcontracted out to a separate contractor. The broader the range of skills on offer the better.

In addition to qualifications, we recommend finding out how long a company has been trading. You want to be certain that they are experienced and can draw on this experience to trace faults quickly and easily.

When should you choose a maintenance contractor?

In a perfect world you should be considering the air conditioning maintenance regime during its installation. Waiting until the equipment breaks down puts you under pressure to find a contractor quickly, which is never a good idea. Ideally the company that installed your air conditioning will offer maintenance services. In fact, if they do not offer maintenance then that is a tell-tale sign of a contractor with limited services and lack of interest in supporting your equipment in the longer term.

How can you choose between companies?

We recommend going beyond desk research on the internet. For example, ask for references – a great contractor will be happy to supply referees with systems similar to yours.

And while you are on the phone to them; enquire about their availability – if they are available right away then an empty order book might be the reason, and that is very telling about how many loyal and satisfied customers they really have.

What are the main considerations for choosing a maintenance company?

Check out the guarantees they offer on workmanship. This is separate to a manufacturers warranty and shows the level of confidence that the company has in their skills.

Think about levels of service such as a 24/7 call out for 365 days of the year if that is essential to your business operations.

Keep your system running efficiently – plan your maintenance

Don’t be afraid to sign up to a Maintenance contract it’s the best way to keep your equipment running efficiently and economically and keeping costs low. It’s also the easiest way to keep on the correct side of the air conditioning regulations. The best bit is that your maintenance company will remind you when services are due, giving you one less thing to worry about, so you can focus your efforts on your business.   

For more expert advice and a free survey contact us today on 0800 374217

It doesn’t have to be a particularly warm day weather-wise for a hospital to suffer uncomfortable indoor temperatures.  Often therapeutic equipment, computers and lighting can generate excess heat. Temperature control is vital for staff and patients.

Hospital patients, suffer most in hot conditions.  In extreme cases, patients can experience an increase in heart rate, this is especially true of the elderly.  In other areas of the hospital it is vital that critical medical equipment is not compromised by soaring temperatures.

Climate Control Solutions for Hospitals

Climate control in a healthcare setting is essential and even in Autumn, and Winter; Estates Managers are calling us here at Cool Services for advice and a fast response.  Our portable fans and air conditioning units are currently tackling overheating spaces and providing instant comfort, in rooms such as offices,  x-ray suites and wards full of patients. 

We can supply portable fans, air conditioning units and evaporative coolers from stock, at short notice, for long or short-term hire, to help restore comfortable temperature levels.

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Our most commonly used rental equipment includes the KY44B portable air conditioner which is being used in multiples in offices, stores, server rooms and hospital wards.  The equipment has been selected because it offers both cooling and dehumidification from one lightweight yet robust and quiet unit.   The units are modern in appearance and are unobtrusive.

The unit is suitable for continuous use with minimal maintenance, due to a self-evaporating condensate system.  The heat rejection hose is easy to vent out of the room through a window or into a suspended ceiling.

Essential benefits of a portable air conditioner

The features of the machine, which are listed below bring benefits to patient care, equipment stability and employee comfort:  

  • Fast and effective spot cooling
  • Quiet in operation
  • Easy ‘plug in and go’ operation
  • Fast and effective spot cooling
  • Portability and flexibility of use
  • Minimal maintenance.

Helping you keep your hospital air quality under control

For hospitals across the Midlands, a hire solution from Cool Services located in Pensnett near to Birmingham is often the quickest and most flexible way to return temperatures to normal.  

Simon Wharton, Cool Services Hire Manager said “Maintaining an optimum temperature for patients is proven to contribute to recovery.  Keeping temperature under control for health workers and visitors contributes to wellbeing and cannot be underestimated.”

Cool Services has a wide range of air conditioning models and extensive stocks available. The DBS checked team can deliver and install reliable, sterilised air conditioning equipment on time, to meet exacting delivery instructions”.

Simon added “Our service includes portable heating units so we can also provide additional heating when temperatures fall. We are on call to support hospitals all year round with whichever units will return the indoor temperatures to normal.”

Cool Services Hire and Sales team can be contacted on 0800 9705656

It’s important to plan a maintenance regime for your air conditioning system because dust and worn parts can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system and shorten the life of components.   

Breakdowns, emergency repairs and disruption to the operation of your air conditioning can be costly; planning regular maintenance visits can help to avoid many of these costs.

How often should I service my air conditioning system?

Ideally air conditioning equipment should be serviced twice each year. However, business critical and larger systems should be serviced every 3 months.

Planning a maintenance programme is vital to obtaining the equipment manufacturer’s additional warranty period.

What happens during an Air Conditioning Service visit?

If your engineer is qualified and experienced you can expect the at least a 12 point checklist of tasks to be undertaken during a service visit. Here are just a few of them and why they are important:

  • Clean and inspect air filters. – A restricted air filter can cause your air conditioning unit to waste energy and can shorten the life of the compressors.
  • Clean coils. Dirty condenser coils raise the refrigerant pressure to a higher level than needed, increasing your electricity bill.
  • Check electrical connections and measure the voltage. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation and reduce the life of major components.
  • Check for refrigerant leaks on flares and service valves.
  • Check controls and safety devices of the system to ensure proper and safe operation.
  • Take and record temperature and pressures. An accurate record of your equipment’s vital data can indicate potential problems.

Once the above checks have been completed, the engineer will write a system operation report and update the F-Gas logbooks.

A quick read through this list of checks and tests, helps to demonstrate how important a maintenance regime is for the longevity of your air conditioning system.

Why should I book a planned preventative maintenance programme?

Many businesses and organisations adopt a planned preventative maintenance schedule so that the maintenance visits can be booked into the company’s maintenance calendar in advance.  Visits can then be planned for the most convenient times to suit the organisation, such as during holidays for schools, shutdowns for factories and prior to the opening times for restaurants, offices, salons and surgeries.   

Cool Services’ administration team offer a reminder service, so you need never miss a maintenance visit.  

Always make sure that you choose a company that employs experienced and qualified technicians who will undertake all checks thoroughly and with care. Make sure you check out their industry accreditations too.

To read our blog on how to Choose an Air Conditioning company click here

Contact us today for further information and expert advice on 0800 374217. 

Air conditioning is used in buildings throughout the world to regulate the temperature of the air inside closed spaces. For many years, it has been most closely associated with tropical climates and warmer geographies, however, today, air conditioning is also a feature of most office spaces and indoor venues in the UK – where overheating is an issue, or a lack of opening windows means airflow is insufficient.

The advantages of air conditioning go well beyond the simple cooling of air.  Although this is important in the summer months when your facility is at risk of overheating due to the heat produced by computing power, other electrical devices and of course, people. So, here’s a run-down of why air conditioning can be useful for your facility or property.

Fixed Systems

The installation of air conditioning systems in properties is usually motivated by temperature regulation. In office spaces, it keeps the temperature stable, keeps employees comfortable and helps them focus on the job at hand, and in regions that experience warmer weather, it’s a simple way to relax inside without feeling fatigued and uncomfortable in the heat.

There are several other benefits to installing a fixed air conditioning system. Any facility with a large number of people inside – be that a superstore or a large office space for example, will experience fluctuating temperatures, together with gases and other particles that contribute to poor-quality indoor air.  CO2 and moisture from people can quickly build up inside a building and air conditioning systems, as the name suggests, can help rid the air of such gases, odours, pollutants and uncomfortable humidity.

Locations

Temperature regulation is important in workplaces and building spaces where excess heat and poor air quality could adversely affect employees. There are many other locations where air conditioning is preferable – and contributes to productivity. We are regularly installing air conditioning systems in:

  • Schools and colleges
  • Offices
  • Restaurants and hotels
  • Healthcare settings
  • Public buildings
  • Factories and warehouses

We tend to find that temperature regulation is the key driver for many clients looking to install air conditioning, but the additional benefits of keeping indoor air quality high, are well known and are a bonus for any facility that welcomes the public and customers through their doors.

Portable Systems

In addition we offer a portable air conditioner service. For those facilities that would prefer not to have a permanent air conditioning installation, we offer a quick turnaround rental service. That means that if you’re experiencing an overload of heat, humidity or other pollutants in the air in your facility over a short-term period of time, we can bring in portable AC units to tackle the situation within a matter of hours.

Portable cooling equipment can form part of a business continuity plan and is essential in an emergency situation, where electronic equipment is at risk of overheating and causing catastrophic damage. In such a situation, portable air conditioning can save firms from business disruption and huge economic damage.

Finally, in a private home, residential or healthcare setting, air conditioning – either as a permanent fixture or as a temporary solution – can support good health. Elderly people and the sick are especially sensitive to temperature fluctuations and an air conditioning system can help them to feel more comfortable. 

Air conditioning is a reliable solution to airflow issues, temperature regulation, and the quality of the air you and your colleagues or customers breathe. Easily installed and offering a huge payout in benefits, air conditioning could be ideal in your organisation.

Contact us today for further information and advice on 0800 374 217 Check out our Air Conditioning Calculator for a quick quote at your fingertips in seconds. Click Here to get your instant quote.

In typical British fashion, during the pandemic, when the nation was confined to their homes, the weather in May was scorching. Fast forward 12 months, and with the reopening of pubs, restaurants, and sporting events in an outdoor setting, of course, the weather took a distinct turn for the worse.

And now in 2024 and the same pattern is emerging. In March and April Britain was hit by multiple storms and battered by rainfall, with temperatures “apparently” set to rise before conditions worsen and a cold snap descends upon us. We have already had several downpours of hail across the country!!

This is not the best news for businesses and homeowners who are looking to host outdoor conferences, events and celebrations.

Fortunately, if you are worried about your guests or attendees feeling the chill at your planned event, there is a simple solution to your problem.

Event heating

Whether you are looking for heating solutions for an outdoor corporate day, a festival, or a wedding, event heating is exactly what you need to keep your guests comfortable, whatever the weather.

How to choose the right event heater for your next event

Before you rent a portable heater for your next outdoor event, you need to first consider the below factors:

Ambient temperature

You will have different heating needs depending on whether your event is in the day or the night. Furthermore, if your event is being held inside a marquee where guests will be protected from the elements, you may not need as powerful a heater as if everyone were out in the open.

Although it can be difficult with unpredictable British weather, considering the average temperature during your event’s time frame can help you pick the right portable heater.

Event heating is usually indirect, oil fired heating that delivers large volumes of clean, dry warm air.

Type of heater

There are several different types of portable heaters that are ideal for use outdoors and approved for use within a marquee. These include:

  • Indirect Oil Fired Heaters
  • Oil radiators
  • Electric fan heaters
  • Halogen Heaters
  • Infrared Heaters

If you want to use electric heaters, you need to check your site for electrical outlets and hire or purchase any extension cords that you may need. Remember that cords can be a trip hazard, so you will need to plan where to position these accordingly and use professional cable management to protect them on the floor. It’s a good idea to thoroughly warm up your marquee the day before the event and test out your heating system. The area should be warm before your event begins.

A range of different types of portable heater for use in Marquees
Many different portable heaters are suitable for events

Safety features

The safety of your guests is a priority and choosing a supplier who is experienced in supplying temporary heating for marquees and tents is really important.  Deploying portable heating to warm a large space, safely,  is no mean feat.  For example you must never use a direct-fired oil or gas heater because of the risk of fire. And if using a halogen or infra red heater always use with a fan to make the warm air flow around the space.   

If you would like help choosing the right heating for your next event or need general advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team on 0800 9705656.

New Look website for Cool Services of Shrewsbury

Cool Services based on Shrewsbury has taken the opportunity of lockdown to design a new website.  Detailing the installation and maintenance services they provide for Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation the site has a new fresh look and reflects the new corporate identity that the company adopted in 2019.

 The site is easy to navigate and includes new features to help customers who are perhaps new to air conditioning and refrigeration. Visitors to the site can use the new Air Conditioning calculator tool and will find the Frequently Asked Questions a useful new addition.  

“How much does it cost to install air conditioning? is the most common question that people ask me”, said Group Operations Manager Scott Ravenscroft “now I can direct customers to the new, easy to use Air Conditioning calculator on our website”.  He continued, “users can get a good idea of the cost of an installed system for their specific size and type of room from the calculator – it will also provide options for different systems, to suit different needs”.

The site also includes a section dedicated to the company’s Hire business, where portable cooling, heating and drying can be found.  “We have been busy supplying portable air conditioning equipment to hospitals and portable heating to pubs and breweries who are building more outdoor spaces” said Simon Wharton Cool Services’ Hire division manager.  He added  “we have been incredibly busy keeping clients both warm and cool!”. 

It has been a very difficult time for many businesses, and the company has worked hard to be flexible and support customers during lockdown. However, since air conditioning is regulated and must be regularly serviced; Cool Services engineers have continued to carry out maintenance visits. “We went to great lengths to reassure customers about our Covid secure practices and were extra vigilant when working in our customers premises” commented Scott. “Our focus was to keep our client’s safe and their systems compliant with the regulations.“

As lock down eases, we hope more businesses can return to normal and our new website will be there to help all our customers in better times.