Innovation in commercial air conditioning technology has improved greatly of late, and new products today now offer more than double the efficiency levels of 10 -15 year old systems. They can also offer far more efficiency than traditional methods of cooling and heating buildings, resulting in reduced running costs and lower carbon emissions.
Mitsubishi Electric air conditioning systems utilise heat pump inverter technology. This means that their air conditioning units not only provide cooling, but also heating. Heat pump technology requires only a small amount of electricity to harvest, upgrade and move heat from one location to another and providing heating and hot water as part of an integrated air conditioning system is far more efficient than traditional standalone heating methods such as gas.
Whatever your space or application there will be a system that is suitable for you, that will help to make large savings on energy bills. Furthermore these systems will significantly contribute towards compliance with increasingly onerous legislative standards for reductions in CO2 emissions and energy efficiency.
Types of Air Conditioning Systems
Essentially there are two main types of commercial fixed unit air conditioning systems; Split-Systems and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems.
Split-Systems (and Multi-Systems) are the simplest type of installation and are small and highly efficient. One outdoor condenser unit can run one or more (up to eight) indoor fan units in various models and capacities. They are perfect for small and medium sized applications such as small offices, meeting rooms and retail units.
VRF Systems can run numerous indoor fan units connected to one or more high-duty outdoor condenser units, making them suitable for medium and large buildings that demand high performance with optimum efficiency.
Extending Commercial Air Conditioning Systems
Modern commercial air conditioning systems can also be further configured to operate with mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems (MVHR), which exchanges the energy already present in air that is being exhausted. These systems have been designed to deliver a fresh air supply to a building whilst simultaneously extracting stale air in the most energy efficient manner possible through utilising heat recovery technology. This can help make further savings on energy bills.
This can also be extended using a heat pump boiler which can be added to a heat recovery VRF System to utilise waste heat. The system upgrades this to heat sanitary hot water for bathrooms, showers or kitchens.
Air Conditioning ‘Heat Only’ Solutions
Yes you heard that right. Such are the advances in air conditioning systems, and with legislation changing and increasing pressure to replace traditional heating systems with renewable sources of heat, it’s possible to install ‘heat only’ systems that offer a cost effective and efficient solution designed to combat challenging legislation and the need to reduce carbon emissions and running costs. Designed to deliver heat via the air, the full range of Misubishi Electric air conditioning products can also be adapted with the use of intelligent controls to run as Heating Only products.
Air Conditioning System Design & Installation
Regardless of the nature or size of your premises, AES are specialists in the design and installation of commercial air conditioning and ventilation products. We provide our customers with a complete turnkey solution for your business or commercial property. Read more about our design and installation services here.
Save Even More with ECA Incentives
The Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme (ECA) is a Government tax incentive for businesses to invest in specific energy efficient technologies, such as these. The scheme which allows any company replacing an existing air conditioning system with a more energy efficient installation to offset the entire cost of the project against its taxable profits in the year the new system is installed.
If you are a building owner or occupier who is concerned about meeting your responsibilities, please do not hesitate in contacting us for further information. Preparation and planning is key so be pro-active and make savings now.