air conditioning installations

Veterinary seek permanent climate control solution

Andrews Air Conditioning was recently drafted in to provide an effective climate control solution to reduce temperatures in a high-profile Veterinary. As a result, our specialists were drafted in to provide the client with a cooling solution to ensure the correct environment was maintained to protect both animals and staff.

The client in question was undergoing major refurbishment works to their offices, kennels and consultation rooms – which all required permanent heating and cooling throughout the year. read more

Further Investment in Field Sales Capability

Andrews Air Conditioning Services is delighted to announce a further expansion of its sales expertise and capability with the appointment of Steve Evans to the position of Business Development Manager. Steve, who lives in Cannock Staffordshire, will take responsibility for the vitally important territory encompassing the East & West Midlands, Mid and South Wales and much of the West Country.

Steve Evans - Business Development Manager

Steve Evans – Business Development Manager

His move to Andrews Air Conditioning continues a highly successful career spent primarily in the dehumidification and property restoration sector. Commenting on Steve’s decision to join the company, Martin Willis, National Sales Manager of Andrews Air Conditioning said, ‘’Steve brings a wealth of experience in surveying projects for existing properties, which is a key area of focus for Andrews Air Conditioning. His expertise in the equipment hire industry will also enable him to quickly build relationships with our colleagues in Andrews Sykes Hire to ensure we offer our customers a seamless temporary and permanent solution for all their cooling and heating requirements’’. read more

National Installations Manager Completes the Team

Andrews Air Conditioning Services is delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Marsh to the position of National Installations Manager.

With a long and successful background in the air conditioning and refrigeration sector, Tony will lead a nationwide team of Project Managers and Installation Engineers. ‘Tony’s expertise in working directly with customers to deliver technical expertise and clear, no–nonsense advice will be a huge benefit and I’m looking forward greatly to working with him’, explained Andy Whiteley, Divisional Director. read more

Taking the Con Out of Air Conditioning

The issue of inferior products being passed off as quality brands is worryingly common in consumer market sectors. However, on the basis of recent evidence, it is now becoming a problem for buyers of air conditioning systems too.

Even Up Close, sometimes it's difficult to distinguish fake from genuine equipment

Even ‘Up Close’, sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish fake from genuine equipment

Most major air conditioning brands have experienced the issue and recently Toshiba, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of quality air conditioning, warned of its increasing prevalence. Toshiba first identified the issue around three years ago following an unusually large number of calls from users whose equipment had failed or was not performing as expected. read more

Why Does Air Conditioning Sometimes Smell?

During normal operation, air conditioning units tend to accumulate a wide variety of dirt, fibres, dust & pollen. If the unit is not properly and regularly maintained, this accumulation will combine with moisture in the environment, providing the perfect home for bacteria and mould. These organisms can emit nasty odours, spoiling the pleasant indoor environment the air conditioning is intended to create.

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Regular Maintenance, Service & Repair Makes Good Business Sense
Saving Money and Energy and Preventing Disruption

Avoid air conditioning smells with the following tips :

• The air filters in both the indoor and outdoor units must be kept clean and clear of debris. If filters become blocked, the equipment will not only deliver reduced performance and consume more energy than necessary, it is much more likely to emit unpleasant odours. Inspect air filters regularly, particularly if the system operates in damp or dusty conditions.
• Ensure the condensate water drains and collection trays are not blocked and any condensate drain pumps and float switches are working properly. Drain lines on infrequently used systems, or those which are not flushed through frequently, can block leaving behind stagnant water.
• Clean heat exchanger coils and fins regularly. Dirt and grime may accumulate on the coils of the air conditioner which will also harbour odour-producing bacteria.
• Most important of all, have air conditioning professionally serviced on a regular basis to maintain performance, reliability and energy efficiency (generally at least twice per year). A Planned Maintenance Programme gives peace of mind and avoids the hassle of remembering to maintain and service equipment properly. read more

Daikin Announce Introduction of environment friendly ‘mildly flammable’ Refrigerant

As worldwide regulations curb the use of environmentally damaging chemicals, the air conditioning industry continues to innovate in the field of refrigerants. One example is the refrigerant Difluoromethane, also known as R32.

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Replacement of Refrigerant should always be undertaken by a Specialist Contractor

Leading air conditioning manufacturer Daikin has announced that it intends to introduce R32 refrigerant in new air conditioning units manufactured for the Japanese market, with a planned roll-out into other regions, including Europe.

R32 is a single-component refrigerant, and although it is listed as “mildly flammable”, it has zero Ozone-depleting potential (ODP) and a much lower global warming potential (GWP) than R410A, one of the most commonly used air conditioning refrigerants throughout Europe and North America. R410A’s GWP is at 2088, whilst R32’s is significantly lower at 675. read more

Achieving Peak Performance

Over the final weekend in June 2013, whilst most of the country was watching Wimbledon or Glastonbury, two intrepid teams from Alton Rugby Club in Hampshire set out on one of the most arduous hill-climbing events in the UK. One team included Sam Law, Southern Business Development Manager for Andrews Air Conditioning, and their objective was to climb the 4 highest peaks in Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland one after the other. And, as if that wasn’t tough enough, they aimed to complete all four ascents, descents and travel between the mountains, within 48 hours. read more

Another in our series of ‘Good Practice’ notes

Q & A: Which Air Conditioning System is Right for Me?

Of course, this depends on context and many other factors, but some general ‘good ideas’ apply.

Compact air conditioning installations, suitable for small commercial buildings, generally use single split designs, which comprise an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor fancoil unit.

The outdoor unit houses the cooling fan, compressor and the condenser heat exchanger, while the indoor unit houses the evaporator. The indoor and outdoor units are connected by pipework, through which a refrigerant (coolant) liquid or gas flows, to cool the indoor air. read more

Q & A: What is R22?

R22 is the name of a commonly used CFC refrigerant which has been banned in new air conditioning systems in UK & Europe since 2002 because of its ozone-depleting properties. Therefore although many are still in use, these ageing systems will, by law, become unserviceable at the end of 2014. At that point it will be illegal to repair them in the event of any failure. Spare parts and recycled R22 are already in short supply and increasingly expensive so, even now, it is often uneconomical to attempt a repair. Furthermore, modern replacement systems use environmentally responsible refrigerants and are up to 60% more energy efficient than R22 systems, meaning that they often pay back their replacement costs in energy savings alone within 3 or 4 years. read more

Q & A: How often should air conditioning be maintained?

The frequency of maintenance depends on the usage pattern of the air conditioning and the environment in which it operates. Generally equipment which runs for long periods of the day, is used for both winter heating and summer cooling or operates in a dirty or dusty environment should be visited at least twice per year and often 4 or more times per year. Planned Maintenance Contracts are specifically tailored to suit your particular environment and installation with the frequency of visits set to ensure the optimum reliability and efficiency of the air conditioning. read more