It's becoming clear that hot weather blasts are here to stay. Every summer now comes with news headlines tracking every heatwave, as it happens.
For us at South Anston this is the time of year that we start recommending air conditioning inspections to all of our affected clients. We choose the coming autumn months because the inspections cause less disruption to service and done early our detailed reports allow for planned maintenance and no surprises when the time for cool air comes around again.
'Our message is that planned maintenance makes it more likely that healthy, comfortable and safe environments are available when needed.'
Because this is a regulated area we rely on fully accredited specialist operators and published guidelines. One such guide can be found on the gov.uk website page titled - 'A guide to air conditioning inspections in buildings'
Here is our quick summary of that page.
The guidance is written for managers and controllers of air conditioning systems who have statutory obligations under the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations of 2012 and amended in 2020.
The main point is that "The person who controls the operation of the system...has statutory obligations...related to the operation and maintenance of air conditioning systems.
Before we go on gov.uk make the point that their page is offered only as a guide and we would make the same point. This page only aims to highlight the issue and recommend that inspections and maintenance is an important part of operating air conditioning systems.
As the gov.uk site says "... it is important to read and understand the regulations and for individuals themselves to take a view on whether their systems fall within the requirements of the regulations."
There are five core areas that concern us all.
1. Ensuring proper health and safety standards.
2. Reducing energy consumption.
3. Lowering operating costs.
4. Cut carbon emissions.
5. Efficiency of operation.
Any air conditioning inspection report should include the following.
Quotes from gov.uk:
It's worth underlining the point that this post is only offered as general guidance on a complicated issue. For detailed advice you should seek appropriately qualified help.
Alternatively you can contact us today to receive details of our 'Preventative Planned Maintenance Package' which includes an initial service.
One of the things we focus on at this time of the year is updating our clients Exterior Maintenance Plans (EMP's). As winter approaches exterior maintenance and repairs become even more important than usual. It is our experience that minor flaws in mild weather have a habit of becoming major issues during the winter months.
We believe a good exterior maintenance plans delivers 4 main benefits.
Here are some guidelines to help when choosing a good maintenance plan. The plan should include.
The planned reporting should cover these basic elements; defective brickwork, blown rendering, vertical lintel cracks, signs of seepage/leaks/water damage, ill-fitting openings and most importantly safety hazards/breaches.
Special attention should be paid to flat roof, gutters, downpipes, drainage, mould and environmental contaminants.
We hope these tips are useful. Please email us if you would like more information on our EMP's.