The Hottest Places in the UK Hasn’t it been a glorious month! The weather has been beautiful all over the UK and we’ve experienced one of the hottest March’s on record. So here at GT Refrigeration we thought it would be a great time to look at the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the UK. So why not check out our infographic below: We can see that the hottest temperatures recorded are all located in South, (lucky for us). Although this March we didn’t beat any temperature records (except in Scotland) the air con has definitely been on in our office all week. We can also see that for ¼ of the year we need to have air conditioning, especially if you still want your staff to come to work even during the summer time! If this month is anything to go by, we think that we are going to be seeing many more hotter days year on year, let us know what you think. Do you think you will be switching your air con on much earlier on in the year? Think about Maintenance on your Air Conditioning With the weather being so cold and wet at the moment, it may seem like an odd time to consider getting your air conditioning checked out. However, it may actually be the perfect time to start thinking about it, as if you take care of your air con units before there’s a problem, you will stand a much better chance of not only saving time and inconvenience, but also a great deal of money, as preventive care is always less more expensive than repair work. Another good reason to have your air conditioning units checked out by a professional is because of the demand in the summer. The summer is when people realise that their air conditioning system isn’t working properly. In some cases, you may be stuck in a situation where all the repairmen are busy with emergency jobs and cannot come out to check yours out for a few hours or even days. Get in contact with GT Refrigeration for maintenance on your air conditioning units, it will make your system more efficient which can save you money on air conditioning bills. No Air Conditioning for Barack Obama Reggie Love, who is President Barack Obama’s personal aide, basketball sparring partner and gatekeeper says he has one of the coolest jobs in the world, but it also has its downside – no air conditioning! Love is a cross between a constant companion and personal valet, otherwise known as Obama’s ‘body man’, is due to leave his job later this year to attend business school. Love said in an interview on ABC television, “The thing that used to kill me is that the guy loves to ride around with the AC off in the summertime. “And I get hot. I start sweating. And I’m like, it’s 80 degrees in this car. I’m going to pass out.” Obama was a senator when he first hired the 6’4 basketball star in 2006 and was known to keep his office the same temperature of his native country, Hawaii. Love is always with the president when in the White House, at campaign events, on his Marine one helicopter or when travelling across the world in his Air Force One official aeroplane. Since Obama’s run for the White House in 2008, the pair have flown 880,780 miles together. US presidents are understood to carry very little in their pockets, if anything, so Love carries a bag with all the essentials in; dental products, collar stays and stain remover, that Obama uses without hesitation, in front of him. Love says, “If he had it his way, I think he’d floss in private “I think the fact that he was comfortable with me is probably a product of, you know, he’s beaten down. I’ve been around for so long.” Before Obama got his iPad last year, a New York Times reporter asked him whether he had a popular Apple device, and his response was; “I have an iReggie, who has my books, my newspapers, my music all in one place.” According to statistics kept by CBS News, since his January 2009 inauguration, Obama has been to 31 countries, a few more than once and 40 of the 50 US states, with Love by his side. Love explained that he was grateful to be a “very long passenger on an amazing ride.” He added that, “He’s [Obama] been like big brother to me, a mentor. I’ve learned so much about life from him.” No Air Conditioning for 2022 World Cup in Qatar Despite the fears over extreme heat, the stadium air conditioning is in doubt for 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The architect in charge of one of the venues, suggested that a more old-fashioned solution would be cheaper and better, despite after all the talk of using state of the art air conditioning to keep stadiums cool at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Qatari organisers are trying to be persuaded, by leading firm Populous, which is designing the Sports City stadium in Doha, to scrap the idea of having air conditioning in at the venue. John Barrow, Populous director, said that the system is “notoriously unsustainable” for the environment when used on a large scale and far too expensive. Barrow said, “I think you can be more clever. It is about air movement, moisture in the air and it is about temperature at the right time of day, “If we get it right … that is the way ahead,” he added. The defining theme of Qatar’s winning bid last year was air-conditioned stadiums to beat 50C desert heat in June. Populous was hired by Qatar to help its campaign because of their experience in building signature projects such as London’s 2012 Olympic Stadium, Arsenal’s Emirates arena and the new Yankee Stadium. The FIFA inspection team was persuaded that the firm’s prototype of their stadium could succeed. Barrow now believes, however, that the planned stadium can be kept cool by using traditional Arabic methods for ventilation and shading the seas, The proposal is, is to have wind towers that suck up hot air to create fan-like movement inside the stadium, which has a capacity of 47,000. Barrow said, “It is part of the building tradition in the Gulf to create wind towers which naturally ventilate. If you have got an air movement which keeps you cool like a fan that makes all the difference.” FIFA was promised that its 12 World Cup stadiums could be regulated at around 26C, but now spectators could be kept cool at 30C, with low humidity during the evening. He said, “It doesn’t need to be 26 degrees. Fan expectation needs to be a little more relaxed.” Until the scheduled kickoff in June 2022, Qatar is likely to be challenged on heat issues. The organising committees have suggested switching to midwinter dates, but officials have said that there are no plans to change. Asamoah Gyan, Ghana forward, who since September has played for United Arab Emirates club Al Ain on loan from Sunderland, predicted that the “climate for the World Cup is going to be really, really difficult. “They are putting air conditioning in the stadiums and I think maybe it can help the football there because without that I don’t think people can survive because it’s really, really hot.” Barrow said that Populous is “actively engaged” in talks with the Qatari government about its World Cup plan. “They are strongly of the opinion that they need to build now so that they can demonstrate their commitment, but in fact they have got loads of time,” he said, suggesting that waiting could allow new technology to develop. “There is still a long way until 2022.” Hoorah! Summer has arrived! August has kicked off to a promising start, even if July was a bit of a letdown with the weather. However, the weatherman still warns us to keep an umbrella in reach. After swapping our T-shirts for jumpers, not using sunscreen for the past few weeks and even seeing Autumn/Winter 2011 clothes pop up in shop windows, we have finally enjoyed some much needed heat over the weekend and more is on its way. So far we have had 26c, with the promise of up to 28c (82f) in some areas of Britain in the coming days. Millions of Britons took advantage of the hot spell and headed to British beaches over the weekend, to paddle in the sea and soak up the sun. Some areas saw their car parks full by Sunday morning and hotels also had “no vacancies” in their windows. However, we all know what the weather is like in Britain and good things have to come to an end. The hot spell will be short lived and we could see thunderstorms in many areas, along with swarms of flying ants, forecasters have warned. “In the next few days the conditions are likely to set off thunderstorms just about anywhere in the country. That will herald low temperatures for most parts. People should make the most of the weather while they can”, said Andy Bodenham, Met Office forecaster. Bournemouth’s seven miles of beaches was full of deck chairs on Sunday. “It’s glorious today. The beach is really busy and I expect people have come because they don’t know if the warm weather will last”, said Charles Baker, 36, from Hordle, Hampshire, who was visiting Bournemouth with his partner Aileen Simpson and one-year-old daughter Alice. Unsettled weather is said to return to most areas by the end of this week, where temperatures are expected to slide back to the 70s. It’s still expected to be muggy and people without air conditioning at home may feel uncomfortable, especially at night time. The muggy conditions has already encouraged millions of mating flying ants, the phenomenon has been described by pest control experts as “the biggest annual one-night stand in the UK”. Managing director of Cleankill, Paul Bates said the insects don’t bite or sting people, he explains “the problem normally disappears on its own within a few hours”. He added that people shouldn’t waste their money on calling someone out to eradicate them. Maintenance on your air conditioning unit The British summer is upon us and even though we’re not having the hottest weather at the moment, it may soon well be. Before it does turn hot, it gives us plenty of time to check and maintain our air conditioning units. July and August is when we start to get calls from hot and bothered people who have air conditioning units, including the LG R410a and need maintenance done. Ideally it’s best for customers to call us in spring, when it’s not too hot so we can prepare them for the sizzling summer. You can help upkeep your air conditioning unit at home by spotting leaks and checking the filters in the unit. If they are dirty, it’s easy to clean them out. Ideally they should be changed every three months – but it depends how much you actually use the air conditioning. Another tip is to make sure the unit is not clogged or covered with dirt or leaves outside the house. However, don’t use a water hose to clean the unit out because of the risk of electric shocks. To make sure cool air won’t leak from supply ducts, which can make your air conditioning units less efficient, is to have your ducts sealed. This can also prevent hot air seeping into return ducts, which may overwork your air conditioning unit. If you have had your air conditioning for a long time and have not had any maintenance work on the unit, contact GT Refrigeration for a check up as we can tune, repair or replace your units. In need of some summer cooling? The heat, sun and rain are making most of us feel stuffy in our environment at the moment, especially at work. If you have one of those portable air conditioning units that stick out the office window, it may be time to think about getting a permanent cooling fixture. At GT Refrigeration, we install different types of refrigeration units in London and also out of London. The following is just a few of the different types of air conditioning units we offer: Cassette Range The cassette ranges are popular air conditioning units for offices or large open plan homes, as they deliver a directional flow of air throughout the room where it’s needed the most. Cassette air conditioning is also discreet when in position, so doesn’t detract the interior decor. Wall Mounted Range The wall mounted ranges are probably one of our most popular air conditioning units as they are easy to install and versatile to fit on different walls. Most modern wall mounted units are energy efficient, quiet and have high performance heating and cooling available for maximum comfort. Ducted Range Designed to be concealed, ducted range air conditioning units can be installed on the ground or suspended ceiling. The ducted range is definitely a choice for those who want to conceal their air conditioning unit within their room, so it doesn’t disturb the decor. We offer and can install different types of air conditioning units to suit your office or home. For more information, take a look at our website or feel free to give us a call. Don’t sweat! Everyone knows that the weather in England can be unpredictable. At the end of April we experienced one of the hottest days of the year so far and it was also the hottest April day recorded since 1949! However, we have also witnessed thunder and lightning making it smoggy outside. It’s that time of year when we can’t decide whether we are hot or cold and just generally feel bothered and uncomfortable. Some of us may store a fan at home but there might be a wrestle for who gets to use it. Furthermore, having fans around is always a safety issue if you have kids. It could be time for you to think about getting air conditioning fitted in your house. Most people think that air conditioning is just the cooling of the air, but it can also heat and clean the air making the home more comfortable to live in. Therefore, air conditioning is a year round solution. Nowadays, it’s not seen as a luxury having air conditioning – it’s a comfort, making your life as stress free as possible. If you are thinking of getting air conditioning, make sure you do plenty of research first as there are different units and designs to suit specific requirements. You should take into consideration the effectiveness, energy consumption, technology, affordability and design. GT Solutions can offer a range of different air conditioning equipment including cassette, wall mounted, ducted, floor to ceiling, floor standing and multi split ranges available at competitive prices. Welcome to our air conditioning blog Welcome to our air conditioning blog! We are a small family run business. Since we specialise in the field of all things air conditioning, we decided to put together a blog to give you information on our latest products, news and anything else we feel is important! A bit about us… Our air conditioning businesses is based in the South of England. We can install most leading manufacturer’s units at competitive prices. We understand the impact harmful gases can have on the environment, we are an environmentally friendly company and to show our awareness and support we sponsor a Humboldt penguin at Drusillas Park, East Sussex.