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Is your air conditioning system ready for operation?

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to ensure your air conditioning is fully prepared for the changing seasons. If you only need your air conditioning for summer cooling then it has probably not been used for several months. During this period of inactivity condensation and dust may have accumulated on fans, filters and [...]

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Is Planning Permission Required for New Air Conditioning?

The UK Planning Permission System operates to ensure that building plans contribute to the delivery of sustainable development so that new homes, businesses, shops, offices and public buildings are built in such a way as to protect and improve the environment. Typically, planning permission applications from businesses relate to the building of new premises, alterations [...]

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Heat pumps play vital role in emissions reduction targets

In a new report suggesting the UK will fail to meet its carbon emissions target, the Government Committee on Climate Change criticised inadequate investment in heat pumps, described as an important option for meeting carbon budgets. According to the Committee on Climate Change, the UK is not on track to meet carbon budgets and suggests [...]

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Air Conditioning Is Not To Be Sneezed At!

This year’s long cool spring, followed by a hot summer period has resulted in a particularly miserable time for hay fever sufferers as airborne pollen concentrations have hit unusually high levels. Many of us will simply put up with the discomfort, whilst others will resort to antihistamine sprays and tablets. But there is another option. [...]

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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. Most major air conditioning brands have experienced the issue and recently Toshiba, one of the world’s largest [...]

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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 [...]

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Fire chiefs issue air conditioning maintenance advice

With a long, hot summer in progress, fire chiefs at London Fire Brigade have called on businesses to check their air conditioning systems are in good working order following two recent blazes in a week in the capital, caused by poorly maintained units On the evening of Saturday 20 July 2013, firefighters were called to an [...]

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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. Leading air conditioning manufacturer Daikin has announced that it intends to introduce R32 refrigerant in new air conditioning units manufactured for the Japanese [...]

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Andrews Sykes Air Conditioning Services – Good Practice Notes: Legionnaires’ Disease

One year on from  outbreaks in Edinburgh and Stoke-On-Trent, Legionnaires’ disease, whilst increasingly less common, remains a potential issue for building owners, facilities managers and occupiers – especially in commercial and public buildings Legionellosis is an infection caused by a bacterium named Legionella Pneumophila. Legionella are natural inhabitants of water and can be detected in [...]

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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 [...]

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