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What are the legal requirements for fire suppression systems?

Posted on June 30, 2016

The risk of fire is a very real one, and preparation needs to be taken seriously to make sure your building is properly outfitted to tackle any sudden ignition. Here, we look at the regulations surrounding fire suppression systems and what steps to take if you’re thinking of having one installed. Legal requirements for fire suppression In the UK, a fire suppression system is not legally required. However, that doesn’t mean that you definitely don’t need one. What is legally required is a fire risk assessment, which may reveal that a fire suppression system is in need of installation. A fire…

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The Most Common Air Conditioning Problems

Posted on May 25, 2016

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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Geothermal heating and cooling

Posted on April 30, 2016

Here at Conditioned Environment, our years of experience in the air conditioning industry have allowed us to keep up-to-date with a wide range of technological advancements in the heating and cooling systems’ fields. This article takes a look at the growing interest in non-fossil fuel reliant technology for heating systems, focusing on the development of geothermal heating and cooling units. What is geothermal heating and cooling? Geothermal heating and cooling is based around the fact that the earth’s crust remains warmer than the outside air in winter, and cooler in the summer. Using pipes, the technology transports heat in order to…

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Choosing the Right Air Conditioning Unit for Your Home

Posted on March 24, 2016

Air conditioning units are arguably the most effective way of cooling your home when summer’s rising temperatures make the house stuffy and uncomfortable to be in. Whilst fans and air coolers provide an effective method of cooling rooms, they are nowhere near as efficient as an air conditioning unit, which can also be installed to cool the entire home, ensuring the whole family gets a restful sleep even on the warmest summer nights. An air conditioning unit can be a big investment, but if you find that you are particularly uncomfortable with the temperature in your home, it may be an…

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Sensory Branding: How HVAC units can improve productivity & brand image

Posted on February 25, 2016

HVAC units can be a big contributor to improving the environment of the workplace, regulating the temperature to make it a comfortable place to be in. Temperature, whilst underrated, can be a big factor in the impression made on employees and clients when occupying a workspace, so maintaining a functional system is important for the wellbeing of everyone. Here at Conditioned Environment, we’re always excited to learn of rising technology used within the industry, and to share it with our clients. In this article, we look at the recent introduction of scent diffusion technology using HVAC units in commercial environments. Scent…

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Managing workplace temperature: health and safety guidelines

Posted on January 29, 2016

As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that the correct temperature is maintained in the workplace. Keeping a comfortable temperature is essential for employee comfort, productivity, and mood, so it is essential to ensure the correct health and safety guidelines are followed. Temperature limits It is recommended that the workplace should be a consistent temperature of between 16 and 24 degrees, although this varies depending on the type of work being carried out and is not a legal requirement as temperatures differ depending on the workplace. For example, the following temperatures are recommended for different workplaces: Strenuous work: 13°C…

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How frequently should office air conditioning be serviced?

Posted on December 23, 2015

To ensure your office’s air conditioning unit is consistently operating at its top performance, it is recommended that you have your unit regularly serviced by an engineer to ensure any faults or damage are quickly recognised and rectified. It is generally recommended that you have your air conditioning unit serviced annually to ensure it maintains its performance abilities. A poorly maintained air conditioning unit will have a poorer performance, affecting the temperature of the office and the productivity of all employees. Problems can include: Leaks from the unit (causing rust, damp, and mould) A loss of performance Increased risk of freezing…

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Do I need to have my air ducts cleaned?

Posted on November 29, 2015

Air duct cleaning involves the scrubbing of air conditioning ducts in order to remove any buildup of dust and grime inside. With an increasing focus on air pollution and maintaining a better quality of air indoors, many people are deciding to have their air ducts cleaned, believing it will benefit their day-to-day lives. However, there is no scientific evidence air duct cleaning improves air quality – rather, it is up to you to decide if you want the air ducts cleaned. Regular cleaning/changing of air filters will ensure maximum airflow is delivered, and will generally be enough to keep your air…

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An Overview of Emergency Lighting

Posted on October 30, 2015

Emergency lighting is a necessity for all businesses, whether you operate a small premises or a large building. It provides illumination and peace of mind in an emergency situation, and it ensures that you are complying with certain parts of legal guidelines and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. This article will provide an overview of emergency lighting, its importance and what businesses need to do to comply with legislation. What is emergency lighting? There are different types of emergency lighting that serve different purposes: Emergency escape lighting As a requirement of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, buildings must…

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Air Quality in the Workplace

Posted on September 30, 2015

In order to keep your workplace ticking over and to keep those within it happy and productive, there are a wide variety of factors that need to be kept in check. Some of them are obvious, like comfortable seating, fair working hours and a well designed workspace, but other important factors may go under the radar. Air quality in the workplace is often overlooked, yet it can have a profound impact on the way your workplace operates and how your employees feel within it. There is a variety of ways in which air quality can affect people in your workplace, and…

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