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What is Indoor Air Quality?

Why is indoor air quality so vitally important in 2021? Here we look at what indoor air quality is and how improving it will help us beat COVID-19 transmission. Simply put, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is the quality of air within a building. In particular, it is refer to when reviewing the health of the people who live or work there. When we think about air quality, visions of smog or car exhaust fumes may spring to mind, but it’s just as important to understand the air quality inside buildings. By simply sitting at an office desk, you might be exposed…

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Modelling research suggests an 80% increase in exposure to coronavirus droplets in busy offices

Blog by Christian Pearce, co-founder Conditioned Environment  Every day we’re learning something new about how COVID-19 is transmitted. I was intrigued by the new research cited in this article in Wired about how stagnant air in your office could be riddled with coronavirus. The research, by engineering, design and consultancy firm Arup, raises more concerns. Arup modelled the motion of air among crowds to demonstrate how aerosols – droplets less than five microns in diameter – move through a typical office. They found an 80% increase in people exposed to aerosols exhaled in busy offices. Back in July, I wrote about…

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A Short History of Mitsubishi Electric

  The Mitsubishi Electric Corporation traces its roots back to the Tsukumo Shokai Shipping Company which was established by an ambitious Japanese businessman named Yataro Iwasaki, in 1870. The company expanded into automotives, mining and stationery, before succumbing to allied forces in WWII and disbanding only to regain market share in post-war Japan and America. Today, the company manufactures the world’s most advanced air conditioning and HVAC units, which Conditioned Environment proudly supply and install throughout London. Before Mitsubishi Electric Yataro Iwasaki’s shipping company started life as Tsukumo Shokai Shipping Company in 1870 and changed its name to Mitsukawa Shokai in…

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Men and Women Feel Temperature Differently: Let’s Start Doing Something About It

Research has shown that the average AC unit servicing a UK office is designed to serve the needs of a 40 year old male, whose metabolic rate may be up to 30% faster than his female co-workers. Translated into simple English, this means that while men find the office temperature to be perfect for working hard, the average woman is working in a less-than-stellar environment. Anecdotal evidence has hinted at this for decades but only recently has research confirmed that the AC in most offices is biased toward male workers, and is therefore the unlikely source of a strange and abstract…

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Keeping Cool on the Tube – The Trouble With Deep-line Air Con

The September 2016 heatwave reminded London commuters of a problem that has plagued the Underground for most of its history. Poor ventilation on its deep-level networks meant that temperatures as high as 35°C, or 95°F, were recorded on the Central Line, and this lead to new calls to find a solution to the capital’s sweltering Tube lines. The Problem With Air Con on the Underground Many have cried, ‘fit air con in the trains!’ but the problem with fitting air conditioning on deep-level trains is that it would cause the entire network to become hotter. On certain lines, the train doors…

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What Are the Benefits of Portable Air Conditioners?

If you’re looking for a convenient and simple way to a room or specific space, a portable air conditioner might be the way to go. A portable air conditioner brings a hassle-free cooling solution to any room, and can be put to use in the home or office. In this article, we’re taking a look at portable air conditioners and how they could be of benefit to you. What is a portable air conditioner? A portable air conditioner is an alternative air conditioning system which expels warm air from a room via a duct (or hose) connected to a window. Portable…

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Server Room Air Con and Temperature Requirements

Many businesses now rely on constant, easy access to technology and online resources. Data centres can hold the key to the smooth operation of your business, so it’s critical to keep the room and all the vital equipment inside well maintained and free from all kinds of interference. One of the biggest threats to server rooms across the globe is high temperature and poor ventilation. Whether it’s a small local server or a wide network, overheating can not only disrupt your online presence, but can also cause severe damage to the servers themselves. This month, we’re looking at temperature and ventilation…

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Does Poor Air Quality in the Office Affect Workers’ Health?

The health of employees should always be an immediate concern for any business, and the fact that office workers spend a large portion of their time indoors means office conditions should be well maintained to prevent any negative impact on workers’ health. Recently, after a survey commissioned by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), concerns have surfaced regarding the air quality of offices around the UK. This month, we’re taking a look at this issue, and how poor air quality may or may not be a factor throughout the working day. Survey The survey itself investigated workers’ opinions on the air…

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Air Conditioning Increases Productivity in the Workplace

One of the most persistent challenges any office faces is how to keep its employees consistently happy and productive throughout the working weeks, months and years. During the hot, sticky summers and the biting cold winters this is especially troublesome, but there is something you can do! Air conditioning is a great way to improve the comfort and happiness of your staff, and to prove that we aren’t just blowing hot air, the team at Conditioned Environment have put together some of the ways that an air conditioning system can help improve the productivity in your workplace. Keeps the office comfortable…

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The Most Common Air Conditioning Problems

Air conditioning units, like most other electrical appliances, can be prone to niggling problems and failure. Sometimes these problems crop up at the most inopportune time and you’re in desperate need of a quick fix. This guide will help you identify some of the most common problems with your air conditioning unit, and hopefully give you some advice on how to fix them yourself. Your air conditioning unit isn’t running The most easily identifiable problem with an air conditioning unit. Sometimes it won’t even start up. This could be for a number of reasons, including: lack of electricity to the unit,…

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