According to the Independent the use of air-conditioning in the UK is forecast to increase by 50% over the next 20 years. Based on a report by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, the newspaper claims that the increase is due to new buildings providing a greater level of customer comfort and also an increase in domestic installations.
Whereas having air-conditioning in your home was once a status symbol, with new models becoming cheaper and more environmentally friendly, homeowners are increasingly keen on their own personal climate control. New Environmentally friendly air-conditioner units are now being developed which combine evaporative cooling with materials that eliminate water from the air and thus uses only 10% of the energy consumed by traditional air-conditioning units. Not only are these units far more energy efficient than previous models, but they significantly reduce the volume of gases released into the atmosphere which add to global warming.
Selecting the right size and power of air-conditioning unit for your home requires careful calculation with consideration for factors such as south facing exterior walls, the level of your room insulation and how many doors and windows each room has. For a detailed explanation of how to calculate which air-conditioning unit is right for you, visit our Project Advice page, or have a professional local tradesman visit your home to make the calculation for you. You will find a number of experienced air-conditioning and heating engineers amongst our Tradesmen´s Directory, or you can use the “Post-a-Job” facility at the top of the page to alert local tradesmen to your request.
Please also be aware that changes to Part L1b of the building regulations that come into force on 1st October 2010 may affect the power rating of the air-conditioning unit(s) that you choose to have installed. Again, please consult your local tradesman if you have any questions about these new regulations.