What are the different types of ventilation and why are they important?

As we enter buildings, schools and offices the quality of the air we breathe is undoubtably something that plays on our minds. Good ventilation reduces the risk of COVID-19 being transmitted in the air and it’s worth spending some time explaining the differences in the types of ventilation options.  

There are two main ways of ventilating a room namely, natural (opening doors and windows) and mechanical.  Many schools and colleges are using natural ventilation in classrooms.  No doubt you will have seen and heard parents sending their children to school wearing additional layers of clothes as windows are opened wide to ensure maximum air flow into classrooms. 

The way that schools and offices are ventilated may well be re-evaluated as we enter 2021.  There are other options to natural ventilation when it comes to keeping the air clean, warm (or indeed cool).

Mechanical ventilation

Air conditioning systems are a way of ventilating a room mechanically, ensuring the temperature is maintained and fresh, clean air is circulated into a room.

Systems that provide heating and air conditioning are known as (HVAC) which stands for heating and ventilation air conditioning.  The benefits of (HVAC) are vast not least:

  • heating in the winter
  • cooling in the summer
  • maximising the air flow into a room, minimising air that has been recirculated
  • minimal maintenance is required, being regular maintenance checks to ensure filters remain clean and components aren’t overloaded resulting in system failure

As we enter the early winter months of 2021, schools and colleges will need to continue to find the balance between clean air and keeping students warm.  Shops, restaurants, and offices will face a similar dilemma, one that may change as temperatures increase.

Hands, face, space have become second nature to us all.  The air we breathe is equally important and finding ventilation solutions that underpin these actions is crucial.  

At Acclimatise Airconditioning, we have helped homeowners, restauranteurs, shop owners and businesses to find the best ventilation solutions for their buildings.  Please get in touch to see how we can help you.

How does temperature affect your productivity at home?

Do you find that people in your house all operate best at different temperatures?

The temperature in your working environment can have a huge impact on how productive you are.  Balancing the needs of everyone at home can be tricky at the best of times, but with more and more of us working from home, battles over the thermostat are becoming increasingly common, trying to balance out temperature, comfort and cost.

Challenges can also extend to the rooms themselves.  Are you working in a small spare bedroom and you find yourself heating the whole house?  Or maybe working at the kitchen table in a large open plan space?

An air source heat pump is maybe a lesser known solution to balancing the challenges surrounding problems of cost, temperature and indeed your carbon footprint. 

An air source heat pump can provide up to 3 times the amount of electrical energy it consumes in the form of heat energy for your home. By using the outside air, it is repurposed to heat your home, costing less, leaving you to turn up the thermostat without concern.

Solutions vary from a fully ducted system integrated throughout your home to individual units installed in key areas of a home such as an open plan kitchen or living space. Long gone are the days of huddling around an electric heater – an air source heat pump is more cost effective, comfortable and has substantially less environmental impact.

Who knew that an air source heat pump could end years of tussles over the thermostat – once it’s installed, families can enjoy the feeling of warmth in the winter and cool in the height of summer.

Installing an Air Source Heat Pump has Multiple Benefits for Homeowners

Installing an Air Source Heat Pump has Multiple Benefits for Homeowners  

Some are more obvious than others.  Here are four benefits that you may not have considered.

  1. Your carbon footprint is likely to lower

Heat pumps don’t burn anything to generate heat.  They extract heat from the air to heat a home or office building, and can be reversed to cool a building.  Therefore, there aren’t any carbon emissions, other than the small amount of energy to run the compressor. 

Teamed with other behaviours that are changing, such as working from home and reducing the number of flights we take, the carbon footprints of those living with an air source heat pump are likely to be even lower.

  1. A heat pump will help prevent condensation

As the temperatures in your home start to dip, do you have condensation on your windows?  It’s a horrible feeling knowing that the moisture builds up as you sleep. During the winter months the warm air that the heat pump circulates also reduces the amount of condensation in your home.

  1. Heat pumps help improve your home’s air quality

Heat pumps have filters that clean and purify the air removing dust particles in your home.  Annual maintenance checks ensure that the filters remain clean making it an excellent solution for those suffering from allergies.

  1. And finally, they will save you money

Annual fuel bills are likely to reduce substantially due to the energy efficiency ratings of Air Source Heat Pumps. They can also add value to your property. The initial installation costs need to be allocated across the time you intend living in your current home.  Installing a Heat Pump in your ‘forever home’ could be a very shrewd investment.

All in all, Air Source Heat Pumps are a great investment for your home.  Not only are heat pumps incredibly energy-efficient and reliable; they also heat (and cool) your home and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.   

The Importance of Air Quality

The Importance of Air Quality

Health and well-being are at the heart of everything we talk about given the pandemic that has gripped the globe.  Whether it be changing behaviours surrounding what we eat and how we prepare food to putting the cleanliness of our environment at the forefront of our minds; what we consume and where the focus of our attention is.

The air we breathe is equally important.  As schools and offices reopen and indoor sports clubs welcome members once more, it is crucial that the indoor air quality is as high as possible.  The only way to maintain a steady flow of good quality air inside, is through air filtered through well maintained HVAC systems.

A steady and continuous supply of fresh air with good ventilation is key.  It is crucial that HVAC systems are regularly maintained and serviced.  The dust and grime, often hidden from view, accumulates over time and affects the performance of the Air Conditioning system.

This is a photo from a recent service.  It is inconceivable for this dust and grime to be wiped across surfaces but left untouched, would disperse particles into the air for staff and customers to breathe.

If you are planning to reopen your building or have an air conditioning unit at home, get in touch and one of our service engineers will sanitise your units.  It won’t only save you money as the Air Conditioning unit will run more efficiently, it will also give you the peace of mind to open your doors, safe in the knowledge that you have done everything you can to keep people safe.

Tropical Nights are on the up – Could Air Conditioning help you to sleep at night?

Tropical Nights are on the up – Could Air Conditioning help you to sleep at night?

The number of ‘Tropical Nights’ - when temperatures stay above 20C is increasing. This comes as no surprise as the temperatures steadily increase as a result of climate change. 

On 7th August, BBC Breakfast reported on the Heatwaves mission which is a collaboration between The Open University (OU) and The Royal Meteorological Society, supported by BBC Weather, that looks at temperatures and how people react in the hot weather.

An Open University Professor reports that heatwaves are becoming more common and extreme temperatures can impact health, especially at night time. 

Studies are of course incredibly useful to quantify temperatures and capture public feeling but as an Air Conditioning company, we can already see how extreme temperatures impact behaviour.

In recent weeks, many of our new enquiries come from families who are struggling to sleep and just want some light relief from the heat.  They say that tempers are short and children are overtired. For those working from home, concentration is difficult and energy levels drop.  Even pets struggle, getting lethargic and dehydrated.

Rather than change behaviour in the form of slower days at home with the blinds down, air conditioning can improve the quality of life for everyone in the family.  Temperatures are controlled and regular family routines can be maintained.

If you’d like to know more about our Air Conditioning services, in the form of wall mounted units, or fully ducted solutions, get in touch.