Technical bulletin: Is your air conditioning plant running efficiently?
After that short but much needed winter break, we’ve all come back into the office where it’s nice and warm, and we haven’t had that cold snap yet with temperatures remaining fairly high for this time of year.
However, we know a cold snap can happen at any time – looking forward to the snow we know that we’ll get soon. Have you taken use of this cooler outside air, inside the office? To check if you’re running your plant efficiently, ask yourself some questions.
Do you know how your air conditioning or heating plant works?
Do you know at what external temperature does your boiler go off and at what temperature does the cooling come on?
Can you make use of free cooling with some minor control setting modifications?
Getting energy efficiency right on your boiler can help save your business between 15% and 30% on energy usage and by adding an optimiser with a payback generally within two to five years. Further simple measures, for example lighting occupancy controllers in corridors and on groups of open office lighting can really bring your costs down and add to your energy reduction.
The best way to keep any equipment energy efficient is to keep it clean and fully operational. Having a dirty filter(s) on air conditioning plants will increase energy consumption by around 15%. If you’re unsure, ask. Your maintenance provider or contact our technical team who will be able to help.
We’re happy to assist in reviewing what you have, and each requirement, based on your specific asset database. We are a specialist technical asset management consultancy, providing independent technical and digital solutions across the built environment. Our ELIAS technology provides clients across the globe with wholistic and dynamic asset management and compliance solutions.
Keep up to date with industry best practice and legislative changes via our website. Alternatively, you can contact one of our technical team members who will be happy to help you further.
The above guidelines are relevant with UK legislation and intended to steer building owners, operators, occupiers and maintenance providers with greater levels of knowledge of the obligations placed upon them.