Researchers propose air conditioners as climate change remedy

Scientists have come up with the notion that air-conditioning units could be used to fight climate change.

Recent research has discussed reversing the air conditioning process,  and instead of putting carbon in the air carbon is removed, and air conditioners revisited as machines that capture carbon dioxide and convert it into fuel.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (or HVAC) systems move a lot of air around. They can replace the entire air volume in an office building five or 10 times an hour. Machines that capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—a developing fix for climate change—also depend on moving large volumes of air. So why not save energy by tackling the carbon capture machine onto the air conditioner?

Modular attachments to air conditioners could pull air inside and through filters that capture CO2. Once collected, water and CO2, said could be converted into renewable hydrocarbon fuels.

Researchers calculated that one large office tower could capture enough CO2 to produce more than 600,000 gallons of fuel in a year.

In the abstract, the authors of the research said they proposed “retrofitting air conditioning units as integrated, scalable, and renewable-powered devices capable of decentralised CO2 conversion.”

The authors appeared to acknowledge the research encompassed discussions of CO2 reduction, while future fuller analysis would be needed.

We will definitely watch this one with interest. Need help with you air-conditioning? Get in touch today.

 

World Refrigeration Day is coming!

World Refrigeration Day is a chance for the industry to receive some public attention.

World Refrigeration Day takes place on 26th June 2019 and despite market uncertainty with Brexit, is an opportunity to celebrate the industry and its success stories. While being a small sector, the Air Conditioning sector is critical to the operation of many sectors such as food supply, manufacturing and the NHS.

RSY will be sharing some of our information in support, and you can download resources and find out more from the RAC magazine website.

 

The benefits of air conditioning in the workplace

Air conditioning is often the favourite debate in every office – positive or negative. As the sun comes out again, the conversations will arise. Despite the debate, professionally installed air conditioning systems can offer many benefits in the workplace.

  • Controllable comfort
    Today’s modern air-conditioning systems are able to respond rapidly to changes in temperature, both outside and inside, maintaining the space to the desired set point. Some of the latest air conditioning systems are able to draw heat from warmer areas and redistribute to cooler areas, making them extremely efficient and environmentally friendly.
  • Reduces humidity
    When the hot weather hits, being hot and sticky at work can be extremely uncomfortable. The hot weather can lower productivity and create unnecessary office tension. Increased humidity can make an environment feel hotter than it actually is. Air conditioning systems simply remove the excess moisture from the air to eliminate ‘stickiness’.
  • Improved air quality
    Busy offices can be a breeding ground for coughs and colds. Air conditioning systems contain filters that purify the air, reducing the number of bacteria and dust particles, odours and potential allergens. Occupants benefit from clean, filtered air, particularly important for those who suffer from allergies or respiratory problems.
  • Silent operation
    Modern systems are very quiet, they may be continually monitoring and responding to the environment, but you wouldn’t know it. Even when systems are working flat out, when outside temperatures are at their most extreme, staff remain undisturbed.
  • Protects business critical equipment
    Modern workplaces are jam-packed with technology that generates heat. This heat needs to be removed from the environment as delicate equipment can only operate within certain tolerances. Cleverly designed air conditioning systems take heat and humidity away, dispersing that energy elsewhere where it’s needed, ensuring your business-critical equipment is safe
  • Energy efficiency
    The latest air conditioning technology from simple split systems to larger heat recovery systems are becoming more energy efficient than ever. They are able to efficiently cool and heat a building, providing a constant and comfortable temperature, minimising energy use, reducing utility costs and carbon footprint.

If you need support to design and install an effective solution for your business contact us today.

 

 

The importance of maintaining your air-conditioning system

Indoor air quality is often a concern when deciding to implement an air conditioning system.

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your system are necessary for achieving its overall optimum lifespan. Units will collect dirt over time and have the potential to contain large amounts of dust and particles.

In a regular building environment, a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants are generated, including dust and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the air-conditioning system and recirculated up to 7 times per day on average. Over time, the re-circulation will cause a build-up of contaminants in the ductwork.

A contaminated system doesn’t necessarily mean the air is unhealthy, but an unmaintained system can contribute to larger health issues or harbour contaminants which could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions.

Benefits of maintenance and inspection

Having a professional carry out a comprehensive examination of your system to determine whether there is an accumulation of environmental build up, can not only ensure optimal performance of your air-conditioning unit but a healthier environment,

The role of an inspector is to assess the cleanliness and structural integrity of your system. They will search for obstructions, microbial contamination and any excess moisture. They will also examine the general running and performance of the system to ensure energy efficiency is optimal.

If you require support with maintaining your air-conditioning unit, contact us today.

Preparing for another hot summer in the UK?

Summer 2018 was certainly a memorable one with the World Cup and some very unusual hot weather. As the UK baked in the heat, the food retail sector saw a marked increase in consumer spending as everyone hit the outdoors with picnics and BBQs.

What was a great time for the general public, proved to be a challenge for food retailers and eateries who worked tirelessly to keep food and drink at the right temperature. Refrigeration and air conditioning systems had never been busier and for many the strain was felt – particularly those who had not been maintained or serviced their equipment adequately.

Preparing for next summer?

If the hot weather taught those selling food and drink one thing, it should be to make sure that cooling equipment is adequately serviced to maintain the quality of produce, and to ensure that customers are comfortable when on your premises.

With the winter season in full swing, there is an opportunity to take stock of how food establishments coped with the extreme heat and consider how to be better prepared for 2019.

To help, the team at RSY have prepared some advice for our customers to support with saving money and reducing the risk of downtime:

  1. Book in a maintenance check.  If you don’t have a maintenance plan for your equipment you can still have it checked and serviced.  A ‘health check’ will look at the wear on mechanical parts, temperature settings and refrigerant containment. An expert can give you an overview of your system performance.
  2. Be energy efficient.  Well optimised equipment will not only work more efficiently, it will keep running costs down.  If your equipment is more than 7 years old then you might want to consider replacing it with a more modern solution that offers A+++ energy efficiency. You’ll also be more environmentally friendly.
  3. Think about hygiene.  Air conditioning and refrigeration equipment gather dirt and bacteria in the filters.  To avoid any risks of food contamination, these filters should be cleaned regularly.
  4. Consider a maintenance plan.  Any business that uses refrigeration or air conditioning, particularly on premises that store and sell food and drink, should have a maintenance plan in place.  A maintenance plan will ensure that all of your equipment is safe, all parts are intact and working efficiently and, importantly, your goods are protected all year round.

If you need support to get the right air-conditioning solution for your food or drink business, contact the expert team at RSY today.