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Introduction To Air Conditioning

In a nutshell air conditioning is the control of the different air properties within a space, such as an office, warehouse, shop or home. These properties include temperature, humidity, air speed, and the cleanliness of the air, which involves controlling the amount of dust and other contaminants.

You can have air conditioning fitted in most buildings these days, from schools and offices to shops and industrial buildings, while a growing number of people are also buying air conditioning systems for their homes. An air conditioning device draws in outside air, filters it, then heats, cools or humidifies it before circulating it around the building, forcing the poor air back outside.

There are three main advantages to having air conditioning fitted in your home, office, workplace, shop or other leisure space, and these are:

- The air conditioning system helps to maintain a comfortable temperature
- Air conditioning provides fresh air for the building’s occupants
- The air conditioning system can remove contaminants from the air, in particular, body odour.

These days most air conditioning units have two functions – heating and cooling – and they can be easily changed from one to the other depending on the kind of air you want in the building that day. Obviously in winter the thermostat will probably be turned higher so that warm air seeps into the room, while in the summer this will be replaced with air that is cooler than the room’s temperature to help keep everyone cool.

In larger buildings, such as supermarkets, warehouses and office blocks, it is probably more cost effective to have a permanent air conditioning system installed that can work as a heating device in the winter and a cooling device in the summer, smaller rooms and homes will probably make better use of mobile air conditioning units instead of fixed ones.

Portable air conditioning systems are available in two main types, monoblock and split units. Monoblocks are freestanding and offer an instant solution to your air conditioning needs as they connect to a standard 13-amp socket and the exhaust for hot air simply a pipe passed through an open window. Split mobile systems, on the other hand, have two parts – a main evaporator unit inside the building and an external condenser box on the outside. The evaporator is connected to the condenser box via a hole that is drilled through an external wall, although these systems can be detached and moved to other rooms and buildings when necessary. Now that you know the different types of air conditioning available, why not use our online directory to find the right supplier for you.

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