Several factors can affect the energy consumption of a air conditioning system:-
Controls offer good opportunities for energy savings in London and Coventry. Options include:-
Time controls: These are useful to cater for the occupancy of the building and eliminate unnecessary operation.
Temperature controls: These increase ventilation rates when internal temperatures reach pre set levels, helping to avoid overheating. Thermostats should be carefully located, ensuring that they are situated away from draughts, direct sunlight and heat sources such as radiators or office equipment.
Dividing a cooling system into area zones allows different parts of a building to be cooled to different temperatures at different times. Considerations for zoning of air conditioning:-
Advantageous for larger buildings, especially those with areas having different cooling requirements or occupancy levels.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning within zones should be co-ordinated to ensure optimal efficiency of the total system.
Turnkey Air Conditioning Ltd are contractors with outstanding expertise in the specification of state of the art energy efficient air conditioning systems and controls.
3. Occupant Behaviour
The way in which building occupants use heating and air conditioning systems can have a considerable effect on the system’s energy consumption and cost of operation. Staff awareness of how they can interact with the air conditioning system to maximise its energy efficiency and optimise comfort is an important consideration.
Keep windows and doors closed when air conditioning is on. Open doors and windows allow cooled air to escape and warm air to enter. The thermostat then senses a temperature increase and automatically switches on mechanical cooling which may be unnecessary.