Buying an air conditioning installation package in the UK can be a difficult decision for most business, building or home owners. There are various manufacturers, different system types and many factors to take into consideration, not just the bottom line price of the initial installation.
The following details will enlighten you to what you need to consider before going ahead with an air conditioning system installation in your office, retail shop or commercial building. Please follow the links to get further information to support this article in more detail if you so wish.
A professional air conditioning installation company will provide a quality design service, offering you with the ability to understand what you are getting. A comprehensive quote will be supplied which will detail exactly what you are getting and why. After all I think this would be anyone’s minimum requirement when they are about to spend a large amount of money, but you will be surprised how many companies don’t supply this attention to detail.
A design must take into account the following factors:
1. Heating and cooling loads of the room/s.
2. Air flow distribution to maximise comfort for the occupants.
3. Ease of installation to maximise speed of installation for minimal disruption and system cost.
4. Cost of the system to match the client’s budget.
5. Running costs, including ease of maintenance and electrical consumption.
6. System type to satisfy the requirements.
A comprehensive quotation should be provided, detailing the following:
1. Design requirements.
2. The scope of works.
3. The equipment supplied.
4. Installation time.
5. Warranty of the installation and the equipment.
6. Exclusions, works etc that are not supplied.
8. Payment terms.
9. Contractual information supporting both parties.
10. Technical information for equipment and materials.
This is always the main consideration for any business for an air conditioning installation, but the initial cost is not the only cost you should consider. This mistake can cost you dearly later on down the line. The following should be addressed and understood to make you the important long term savings:
1. The quality of the installation is very important, top line equipment and installation materials should always be used, as well as a professional installation by qualified & experienced engineers who work from a detailed design to industry standards to a quality assurance level as quoted by the installation company. If you pay bottom price, you normally get bottom quality, air conditioning companies need to make profit just like any other business! There is always a balance though so don’t be afraid to discuss this with the installer.
2. Running cost is the most important aspect to consider when designing or buying an air conditioning installation. Why? Because it cost’s around the same to run it over its lifetime as it does to purchase the installation!
3. If the design of the installation is wrong, the system will not work properly, meaning it will run and run, using up electricity, costing you something for nothing and also increasing your carbon emissions. Also, the more a system works, the more breakdowns you are likely to get, so damage limitation is important.
Typical examples of bottom line costs influencing decisions are commonly seen where a single indoor air conditioning unit is installed when a twin indoor unit is required. The single is cheaper to buy than the twin, less labour to install, equipment and material costs. The installer quotes the cheapest price possible with the poorest (unknowingly to the client) quality installation and the client see’s a saving and accepts the quote. You get complaints of warm and cold spots within the room, people are uncomfortable, running costs are sky high, the unit breaks down and nothing can be done but start again which is not on the clients agenda and budget for a solution to a problem that could of been resolved in the design and tender stage.
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