The United States Department of Energy announced new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioning units on 17 December 2015. Following on from the Paris Climate Accord, this announcement targets savings for American business users amounting to almost $170billion off utility bills over the lifetime of these new units, with carbon emissions cut by almost 900 million metric tons over the next 30 years. Where the United States leads in developments of this nature, the rest of the world will soon follow, so AirCentric are quite confident it will not be too long before the UK Government issue similar campaigns and awards for savings within the arena of commercial air conditioning in the United Kingdom.

When will air conditioning efficiency standards be fully integrated?

The new US efficiency standards will be phased in from the year 2018, with substantial savings on energy and carbon pollution required from this date forward. The most common commercial air con units in the States are the rooftop units found on typical low rise buildings, such as schools, diners and restaurants, warehousing and small office premises. These units cool around 50 percent of commercial spaces in the United States and campaign awards to businesses for refitting rooftop units with advanced controls or committing to completely new air conditioning installations are in place from 2016 onwards.

US Government working with Air Con manufacturers

The challenges to US air conditioning manufacturers is to have an even more historic background, following on from the creation of a partnership between the US Department of Energy and the Better Buildings Alliance in January 2011. The United States Government has been working with AC manufacturers since that date in attempts to build more efficient rooftop AC units, to meet high specification performance targets. Since the launch date five AC manufacturers have managed to meet the targets on rooftop AC units. Energy use of the new AC units is expected to reduce by up to 50 percent, dependent upon location and business use of facilities fitting these upgraded units. It is estimated that US businesses would save a total of $1billion each year in energy costs alone if they replaced existing rooftop units with these new 10-20 ton commercial AC units.

How will this affect UK air conditioning standards?

In the UK air conditioning installations have not been seen to have prime importance by smaller businesses and commercial premises, rising temperatures and recognition of climate change issues mean this situation is likely to change in future. AirCentric provide high quality air con systems to suit the needs of any modern business environment, alongside the provision of maintenance and repair contracts to ensure HVAC and AC units operate at optimum levels all year round. Our 24-hour call out is in place to give customers peace of mind and the knowledge emergency engineers can call to fix AC problems just as soon as they arise.

Business users installing air conditioning into premises can customise any system to suit the requirements of the premises and the AirCentric AC systems feature energy-savings to ensure utility bills are maintained at cost-effective rates. All the air conditioning systems supplied and fitted by AirCentric offer great value for money, yet can be geared to meet the specifications of the business users. Customers choose from a range of different AC systems, including wall mounted, ceiling mounted, ducted, cassette recessed and heat recovery units. Skilled and experienced engineers fit new AC systems with minimal disruption to daily work environments, while achieving all the recognised standards issued by trade bodies and Health and Safety executives, to ensure your new air conditioning system is fully compliant with manufacturer and legislative installation and running requirements. Contact AirCentric to discover all the benefits of fitting air conditioning in your work environment.