The Energy Efficiency Debate

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Energy, and more to the point, energy efficiency, has been a constant topic for the last couple of years not only because the public had to become more money conscious during the recession but also governments are putting in schemes around Europe in order to lower carbon emissions. “Being green” has become a fashionable, hot topic and it seems there is no slowing down.

However, even though it is a very popular topic, there are also issues in the industry that simply aren’t working for consumers and supply chains. The first being regulations surrounding being green. There are a few out there such as the green deal and Part L however, both have their problems. For example the green deal is great in the short term although in the long term there are high interest rates which has meant that few have joined up to the scheme.

There is positive to this story however, and that is that the cooling industry is playing a major part especially in improving the efficiency of buildings.

Andy Ford is the former president of Cibse and he has suggested that ground source heat pumps should be used to manage both heating and cooling and it could also be used for buildings that are linked and share the same needs in terms of temperature requirements.

There are many that believe that cooling is not energy efficient, however with the introduction of new refrigerants and regular maintenance on air conditioning systems then this shouldn’t be an issue.

There are tips in our previous blog posts as to what routine maintenance checks you can run yourself, or of course if you are in doubt it is always best to call an engineer. The first thing you can do to ensure that your unit is running efficiently is to clean and change filters. It is also important that the coil is kept clean so the dirt is minimised. Also refrigerant levels are vital so you need to check that they aren’t too low and if so call an engineer to top it up. If you are in doubt check your user manual and it will also be able to provide you with some top things you need to be looking out for.

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