Spring 2014 has been one of the hottest since records began, and with the summer weather well and truly on its way, weâ€™re all looking forward to walks in the park and trips to the beach. But as much as we enjoy being out in the sun, the high temperatures can mean a far less enjoyable experience if weâ€™re stuck inside a sweltering office all day.
Because of these soaring temperatures, it is not uncommon for businesses of all sizes and types to look into new and improved air con installationsÂ â€“ in an attempt to keep temperatures low, productivity high and employees happy.
Here at Polyteck weâ€™ve already completed a number of projects through our air con installation service this year, and with the weather forecasted to continue improving over the next month or so, we thought weâ€™d put together this short guide for business owners considering the installation of a split system air conditioning unit.
Split System Air Conditioning Units
Split system air conditioning units are generally used to cool one or two rooms, with alternative systems required for larger or more complex projects. An indoor unit and outdoor condenser work together to keep air temperatures low, providing excellent efficiency without high running costs.
Here at Polyteck weâ€™ve produced this short how-to guide, so that business owners may decide for themselves whether a split system unit could be suitable for their offices. But if youâ€™d like to find out more about our air con services, why not get in touch today?
You can email us using our contact form or call us on 020 7841 0222.
Install the Indoor Unit
Firstly youâ€™ll need to select an unobstructed location, which is out of direct heat or sunlight and at least 6â€™ above floor level. The mounting frame should first be attached to the wall, before a hole is drilled to allow pipes to run outside.
The electrical connections within the unit should be checked, before the wiring and piping is bonded together with electrical tape and run neatly through the wall. Before securely attaching the unit to the mounting plate, pay particular attention to the water pipe â€“ which should allow for the drainage of water into a suitable location.
Install the Outdoor Condenser
The outdoor condenser should ideally be placed within close proximity to the indoor unit, as long as it is at least 10 feet away from electrical antennae, and not in a particularly busy or dusty location. During typical installations, the condenser will be placed atop a large concrete pad of sufficient thickness to protect the unit from standing water or snow during the colder months.
The condenserâ€™s back panel should be removed, after which the engineer will ensure all wires are connected properly and safely â€“ in line with the manufacturerâ€™s documentation. Cables should be secured with cable clamps, with flare nuts attached to the relevant piping.
Connect the System
The final stage of the air con installation service is to bleed the system of humidity and air. This is done by connecting a vacuum pump hose to the service port, and running the unit until an absolute vacuum of 10mm Hg is reached.
Once this is done all valves can be tested for leaks, before an insulating covering is placed around the joints for added protection. After the piping has been clamped to the wall and the main hole has been filled with expanding polyurethane foam, the system is ready for use.
Air con installation services
For more information on Polyteckâ€™s installation service, why not get in touch today? Even if a split unit is not suitable for your office, we will be best placed to advise you on the best solution for your requirements.