Dean Ronnie of Cool You UK advises on achieving cool and clean air quality in conservation and new build properties under stringent regulations
Installing conventional integrated air conditioning into a building bound by restrictions can be an unachievable objective. Whether you wish to air condition a listed building, a property in a London conservation area or an apartment in a newly built development, you will find yourself coming up against the dilemma of installing conventional integrated systems.
The restriction often faced
Often the biggest issue in installing conventional integrated air conditioning into conservation properties comes down to planning permission. To install a conventional integrated air conditioning system, which always requires an outside condenser, you will need to endure the lengthy process and cost of applying for planning permission. And with planning permission, there is never any guarantee that it will be accepted. Unfortunately, when it comes to fitting air conditioning to a listed building, more often than not, this is rejected.
In some cases, such as those concerning apartments in newer developments, planning permission isn’t the issue. The issue instead lies with the regulations imposed on the exterior walls of the building.
Ultimately though, the common factor in all cases where conventional integrated air conditioning cannot be installed is the fact that an outside condenser unit cannot be attached to the property. This is the source of the headache for many, as without an outside condenser unit this type of air conditioning cannot be installed. Whether you cannot drill holes into the exterior walls of your property, there is insufficient space, or you are not permitted to tamper with the exterior walls, you will find that air conditioning your property will present a problem.
Looking at the options available
Perhaps the most obvious solution to the air conditioning quandary for such buildings is simply opening the window? This may be a solution for some, but if you live in a built-up area this is will be a no go. Firstly because of the noise from the streets outside, and secondly for the pollution you will be letting into your home from the outside air. A recent report produced for the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural affairs found, alarmingly, that 7.9 million Londoners live in areas exceeding World Health Organisation limits for a damaging type of air particle known as PM2.5, capable of causing a host of health issues. This is not something you want freely circulating around your home.
The other option is a portable air conditioning system. While portable air conditioning units are becoming more sophisticated and can be moved from room to room, they are not a practical air conditioning solution for large rented and social housing stock. An integrated system provides more effective cooling and air quality control.
Often the biggest issue in installing conventional integrated air conditioning into conservation properties comes down to planning permission.
The remedy for the headache
Whether you are looking to air condition an apartment in a modern development like the Strata SE1 building or an apartment in a Grade II listed building such as Cumberland Terrace (both of which have previously faced this air conditioning headache), the remedy for your integrated air conditioning headache comes in the form of internal water cooled condenser air conditioning.
Ensuring you do not have to install a condenser to the exterior of your property, internal water cooled condenser air conditioning provides the same quality of air conditioning without needing an outside condenser unit. This means there is no need for anything to be installed to the exterior walls of your property, no need for holes to be made in the walls of your property and no need for planning permission to be sought.
Internal water cooled condenser air conditioning is the ideal solution for apartments, listed buildings and properties located within conservation areas. As everything is contained internally within the property, this type of air conditioning is also ideal for properties lacking in external space.
How internal water cooled condenser air conditioning works
Using A** rated energy efficient DC inverter water cooled internal condenser units, internal water cooled condenser air conditioning works by being plumbed into the property’s mains water supply, much the same as a washing machine or a dishwasher.
Using the property’s mains water in a controlled manner, refrigerant pipework is used between the internal condenser unit and the units in the rooms to be air conditioned. The exiting water from the system can then be treated and used in a number of ways.
The internal condenser unit utilised is easily concealed by being able to be located in a number of different locations around the home, including airing cupboards, utility rooms or fitted within a bespoke room unit.
Dean Ronnie is the content marketing manager at Cool You UK