Air-Conditioned UK. Will this be the new normal?
Updated: Jun 29
Like most of the country, we tossed and turned as the UK experienced a record number of tropical nighttime temperatures last summer.
The UK recorded the third warmest day on record on July 31 2020, with 37.8C (100.04F) at Heathrow. The temperature gauge hit 36.4C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens – the hottest August day on record since 2003.
After a few summers of Britons experiencing hot sticky days, some say air-conditioning could become the new normal in the UK.
IntelliCasa has received many inquiries regarding installations of air conditioning units and integrating them into the home. Records also show that air-conditioning enquiries have increased by nearly 400% , mostly from homeowners.
Once a luxury, house builders now say air-conditioning is now considered as a necessity, and say it could make homes more valuable.
Popularity is up in London with buyers in prime districts expecting to find air conditioning installed in premium new build apartments and new houses.
With the Met Office saying spells of stifling night time conditions are set to increase in the future, it is understandable that people would consider investing in an air conditioning unit that can add both value and comfort to their homes.
The Met Office also revealed in its latest report the last decade was also the warmest on record in the UK since the Industrial Revolution.
At IntelliCasa, we recognized the need of our customers for a bespoke cooling-heating system that can provide a soothing temperature throughout the year be it boiling summer days or freezing temperatures through the colder months. To cater for the numerous requests we have received, IntelliCasa has gathered a team of PhDs, engineers, programmers and installers to ensure that we can provide a fully automated air-conditioning system finished to the highest standards.
We have made sure that our team of installers are certified as regulations state and that people who work with F gases, which is what air conditioning units emit, must hold appropriate certifications.
Our team of engineers will size the specific BTU (British Thermal Unit, which equals 0.293 watts an hour per BTU) of the AC according to the client’s house individually. BTU is a measurement of cooling strength – it determines how much heat an air con can take out of a room, and in what time duration.
Our engineers will expertly help choose units that are more environmentally friendly and energy efficient based on its energy efficiency ratio (EER). This is the ratio between the cooling capacity, in BTU, and the power input, in watts. The higher the EER, the more energy-efficient the air conditioner.
Next, our programmers ensure that the offered solution is fully automated offering the desired temperature 24/7. Our systems can also be controlled through the client’s smartphone, touch-panels or by voice-commands if required.
An air conditioner's filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.
In order to ensure regular maintenance of your AC unit, you need to hire a professional service technician. IntelliCasa well-trained technicians will find and fix problems in your air conditioning system.
The technician will:
Check for the correct amount of refrigerant
Routinely replace or clean air filters.
Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, instead of illegally releasing it into the atmosphere
Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously
Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply a non-conductive coating if necessary
Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
Check the accuracy of the thermostat.
As we shift to hotter summers, it seems cooling systems will be ubiquitous throughout the UK, especially in warmer regions. Once considered a luxury, more homeowners are considering having an air conditioning unit a necessity when buying a new home or refurbishing their older properties.
IntelliCasa will offer its clients a complete service from the design stage all the way to the instalment and integration of the system into the home platform as well as maintain your AC to the highest standard and efficiency.
Reach us now, to get your discounted quote for your property.
Contact us: +44 20 7205 2536