Air conditioning plays an integral role in commercial environments in the UK. As a leading provider of professionally installed air conditioning systems, we are aware of the advantages that quality units can unlock when fitted in workplaces. From improved energy efficiency and higher indoor air quality to reduced humidity and controllable comfort, air conditioning has a number of benefits. It has even been proven to create working environments that are healthier, more productive, and enjoyable to work in.
The use of air conditioning is synonymous with the stuffy and often sticky summer months. With winter on its way, many office managers may be considering switching off their air conditioning. However, it’s vital that air conditioning units are maintained all year round – including during the winter months. The steps you take to ensure your air conditioning unit is protected will mean it’s primed for use again come the spring.
Make sure you’re ready for winter with this essential guide.
Change your filters
Many people make the mistake of not changing their filters during colder months. Your filters need changing every three months, even when you are not using your air conditioning, as explained in this guidance from the Department of Energy:
The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
Your air conditioning coils and coil fins also need the same care and attention to protect their heat absorption qualities and ensure air flow remains high throughout your unit. Annual coil checks and cleaning are highly recommended. The same applies to the maintenance of your coil fins, which can easily become bent over time.
Fin combs are excellent investments for facilities maintenance specialists, like us. We can use them to comb the aluminium fins back to their original condition and maintain uninterrupted air flow.
Clean your condensate drains
Your air conditioner heat pump needs proper care from season to season, and its condensate drains can easily become clogged without the right maintenance. Well-maintained condensate drains are fundamental to the reduction of humidity throughout an air conditioned workplace. Without annual cleaning, clogged condensate drains can also result in water leaks.
Clear away seasonal dirt and debris
For buildings utilising outdoor condensers, the debris that comes with colder seasons can become a real issue. Falling autumn leaves are the biggest culprits, making outdoor maintenance a vital part of proceedings in the run up to winter. Clear away seasonal dirt and debris, trimming back any branches and foliage that hangs over your unit for added insurance.
Protect your portable units
For those using portable units to air condition their office space, winter maintenance is simple. By removing them and storing them in a safe and dry place, you can protect them for use the following year. Covering outdoor central air units will also protect them from the elements.
Our engineers specialise in the service and maintenance of air conditioning installations. If you are looking for support ahead of or during the winter months, get in touch with our team today.