Whether you are the owner of a public or commercial building, meeting specific legislation that relates to its maintenance and management is vital. For those with air conditioning systems in place, the sheer volume of requirements that need to be met can seem overwhelming. Each and every piece of compliance legislation is important and if fulfilled, unlocks several benefits for your pocket; the planet and the people within your building. TM44 air conditioning inspections are a key part of staying compliant as a building owner or manager.
By law, managers must undertake TM44 inspections to ensure the energy performance of their buildings is of the highest standard. As an owner or manager, you should be committed to reducing the carbon footprint of your commercial; industrial or public building. Thankfully, our technicians are here to undertake these inspections for you and keep you fully compliant. Read on to discover more about your TM44 obligations and their importance.
Why were TM44 inspections introduced?
TM44 inspections are mandatory for the majority of air conditioning system owners. Introduced in 2009, the inspections are designed to improve the energy efficiency of air conditioning units to unlock a vast number of benefits. In addition to reducing the energy consumption and carbon emissions that cause harm to the planet, remaining compliant and keeping air conditioning inspections regular will result in lower operating costs – one thing every building owner or manager wants.
Air conditioning inspections aren’t just useful for reducing energy consumption. Your inspector will make various recommendations to ensure existing systems can be upgraded better to suit your needs. Find out more about the best time to upgrade your office air con.
Is my air conditioning system affected?
Whilst regular inspections for maintenance and servicing purposes are advantageous for all who have air conditioners installed within their properties, not every air conditioning unit will have to be inspected by law. Utilitywise tells us more about who’s affected by the TM44 legislation:
All air conditioning systems with a combined cooling capacity greater than 12kW are required to have a valid Air Conditioning Inspection report and a certificate in place, with financial penalties present for non-compliance. Inspections for systems above 250kW have been compulsory since January 2009 and systems 12kW – 250kW since January 2011.
How often should systems be inspected?
These mandatory inspections must be completed within a specific time-frame to ensure compliance. Generally, inspections must take place at least every five years for systems initially installed on or after January 2008. The timing of your system’s very first inspection is also important for compliance purposes. Failure to conduct these inspections or to provide the associated air conditioning inspection report could lead to you being fined. Fines, which are enforced by Trading Standards, start from £300 per offence per building or unit, and can even be issued on a daily, monthly, quarterly or annual basis for continued non-compliance.
Don’t fall into the trap of non-compliance, call our air conditioning compliance experts today for advice!