Office Air Conditioning

Office Air Conditioning

Air conditioning has been around for many decades now, and yet it is something that is still far from being mainstream.

Businesses all over Scotland use air conditioning in a variety of settings, not just to cool their staff, but some of their equipment too. 

Why Is Air Conditioning Vital For Offices?

Air conditioning in offices is vital for a variety of reasons. 

Helps With Decision-Making

Studies found in warmer temperatures the body needs to use more glucose to maintain the normal body temperature; reduced glucose impairs the thought process.

Or perhaps people just seem to appear lazier on warmer days.

Heat Leads To Lower Productivity

As you might expect, higher temperatures tend to lower office productivity. Researchers have found that once temperatures in the office get past 24 Celcius, productivity starts to suffer. 

Heat Can Cause Increased Staff Stress and Frustration

Are employees in your workplace suffering from stress or frustration? 

It could be because of the heat.

The good news, however, is that you can rectify these problems and many more with an office air conditioning system. But which one should you pick? 

Wall-Mounted Air Conditioning for Offices 

What Are They? 

Wall-mounted air conditioning units are one of  the most common types of unit found in offices across Scotland today. 

These units fit on the wall, a little bit like a standard radiator, and funnel cold air into a room through a series of vents. 

Installation engineers place most wall-mounted units near the top of the wall where it joins the ceiling so that cold air flows down into the room. 

Where Do Offices Use Them, And Why?

 Wall-mounted air conditioning units are a cost effective ,quick and easy to install. 

The installation engineers will mount the unit high up on the wall and then connect to a condensing  unit outside. 

Services between the indoor and outdoor units include insulated copper pipework and cable. 

Pros and Cons of Wall Mounted Air Conditioning

ProsCons
Easy InstallationNot suitable for larger offices
Cost effectiveMay require some modifications to the existing building
Energy efficient
Almost silent operation
Some premium units have an attractive appearance

Key brands 

  • Daikin
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Toshiba

Key Benefit

Wall-mounted units are great for offices that want to implement a quick and affordable air conditioning solution. 

Ceiling-Mounted ‘Cassette’ Units for Offices 

What Are They? 

Ceiling mounted “cassette” units are currently one of the most popular types of air conditioning unit in modern offices. 

The reason these air conditioning units are called “cassettes” is that, just like old tapes, they insert directly into the ceiling cavity, without any visible bulk, only a flat 4 way fascia panel will be visible . 

Customers typically prefer these units to wall-mounted versions because they blend into the ceiling layout  and do not infringe on the design of the interior space. 

Where Do Offices Use Them, And Why?

Ceiling-mounted cassettes units are most commonly used in large offices. 

Thanks to their increased capacity compared to wall mounts, they are ideal for cooling large interior spaces, removing the heat produced by dozens of computers, staff and solar gain. 

Pros and Cons of Ceiling Mounted Cassette Air Conditioning

ProsCons
Large cooling capacityNot suitable if you don’t have a false ceiling in your office
Great aestheticsCassette units require space above the ceiling. 
Four-way airflow for balanced cooling

Key brands

  • Daikin
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Toshiba

Key Benefit 

Provides exceptional cooling with minimal impact on the aesthetics of your interior space. 

Ducted Office Air Conditioning 

What Are They? 

Ducted air conditioning systems are usually the most expensive air conditioning option. 

However, if you can hide the ducted unit above  a false ceiling, they are aesthetically advantageous. 

All the cold air comes through a subtle vent and grille in the ceiling, providing exceptional cooling with minimal visible clutter. 

Where Do Offices Use Ducted Office Air Conditioning, And Why?

You typically find ducted cooling in new building projects. 

A property owner or company will commission the construction of a building and include air conditioning ductwork in the design. 

Builders will then place it according to specification. Ducted aircon, therefore, is usually a bespoke solution. 

ProsCons
Look greatThe most expensive option
Minimal impact on your office interior
Great cooling performance

Key brands 

  • Daikin
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Toshiba

Key Benefit 

Excellent cooling option with a minimal interior footprint.

How To Design An Office Air Conditioning System

Designing an office air conditioning system is usually easier said than done. 

You should consider The Amount Of Space You Intend To Cool

Single Space

If you want to cool a single space, like a personal office or room in your business, then most air conditioning designers would recommend a single-split air conditioner. 

Single-split air conditioners are where an interior cooling unit connects to a single exterior condenser box. 

Larger Space

If you want to cool a larger space, however, you may have to consider different options. Installing condensing units outside each of your rooms isn’t usually practical and can affect the appearance of your building. 

Multi-split air conditioners provide you with additional cooling by operating multiple indoor units at a time. 

The benefit of the system is that you have more cooling performance. 

A single cooling unit can provide air conditioning for a larger volume of interior space. 

The downside is the complexity of installing a multi-split system: you often need more pipework. G2 provide air conditioning installation, service, maintenance and repair services for businesses from Glasgow to Edinburgh and Inverness down to the Scottish borders.

G2 work with businesses such as :

  • Solicitors and Lawyers
  • Letting Agents
  • Care Homes
  • Car Dealerships
  • Offices in business parks and city centres
  • Doctor and Dental Surgery
  • Business Centres

Are you considering an air conditioning unit for your office?  

Get in touch with G2 to discuss the design of your office air conditioning system.

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