Industrial and Commercial Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is important within industrial and commercial workplaces to regulate the temperature, keeping all areas feeling comfortable for employees and visitors alike.

For a commercial business, keeping customers comfortable is the key to encouraging them to stay longer and return again. In an industrial workplace, keeping the temperature well-regulated ensures employees can work to the best of their abilities, without feeling too hot, or too cold.

Increased productivity

Studies have revealed that the use of commercial and industrial air conditioning increases employee productivity, in both factories and offices, by at least 25%. This is because working at the correct temperature makes the workforce feel better.

Taking employees’ health into account is extremely important. According to surveys, having air conditioning reduces the amount of time staff take off sick, resulting in a workplace that runs more smoothly and efficiently.

In terms of customers entering business premises, especially retail stores, having the appropriate temperature means they can relax and shop in comfort. Studies have shown that retail businesses have reported an increase in sales after having air conditioning installed.

It’s important to keep your AC unit working properly by having it maintained regularly to ensure maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Best AC units

There are many high-quality air conditioning models designed for commercial and industrial installation. It’s important to discuss your business’s requirements with an experienced, professional AC supplier to ensure your choice is the right one for your premises.

Larger air conditioning systems are required for buildings such as commercial and industrial premises to cope with the demand. Choosing the correct size is especially important in order to maintain the desired temperature, whatever the weather.

In particular, chillers are the choice for many non-domestic applications. They can be used to regulate the temperature of commercial buildings and for industrial process cooling.

GREE units

Klima-Therm offers the highest-specification units from global AC leader GREE UK – developer of the world’s most advanced commercial air conditioning systems.

GREE’s U-Match Inverter Heat Pump provides a range of indoor units, providing-tailored solutions for a variety of commercial applications. The technology is adaptable and is engineered to meet individual business’s requirements.

Environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient, the units come in various sizes to provide a wide range of climate control options. The Inverter Heat Pump keeps outdoor noise down to 56 decibels, despite its exceptionally powerful performance.

Absorption chillers

The World Energy Europe brand is a world leader, producing innovative chillers and heat pumps, using state-of-the-art technology that harnesses waste heat from industrial processes and buildings, converting it into efficient cooling applications.

Our absorption chillers from World Energy Europe are one of the most efficient brands on the market today.

The absorption system is widely used in the food manufacturing, plastic, chemical, waste, gas and oil industries. Ideal for these sectors, the industrial processes produce a lot of heat as a by-product and simultaneous cooling is needed too.

Established in 1982, we are proud of our reputation for providing high-quality, high-efficiency air conditioning systems for industrial and commercial clients of all sizes.

To find out more about how Klima-Therm can meet your business’s AC requirements, contact us via our handy online form, or give our team a call on 020 8971 4195.

Heat Pump Technology: A Brief History

Heat pumps are the most cost-effective and efficient heating sources on the market. Environmentally friendly, they can significantly reduce your energy bills and carbon footprint. A great way to heat your property and water, they’re a great way to save money and the planet’s scarce resources.

A heat pump needs only a small amount of electricity to run and doesn’t depend on the burning of fossil fuels to create heat. Pumps are known as a clean energy source as a result. They perform effectively in a moderate climate, such as the UK, providing heat even at the very low temperature of -20°C.

Modern heat pumps rely on comparatively new technology, but the geothermal principle of physics behind them is much older. Heat from the earth’s core is used to generate energy known as geothermal energy. The word “geo” means earth and “thermal” means heat.

Geothermal energy

Geothermal energy is a type of sustainable energy that doesn’t use the earth’s resources in the same way as burning gas or coal. Although we use a small amount of the earth’s heat, it’s minute in comparison with the overall heat that the earth produces. Geothermal power plants have been built, which are clean and have little negative impact on the environment.

The concept was used as far back as Ancient China, in the period 1600 BC to 221 BC, when people used hot springs for bathing. In Ancient Rome, beginning in the 8th century BC, people took this concept a step further, using the hot springs to heat public baths and flooring.

Technology origins

The technology behind the first heat pump was first tested in 1748 by William Cullen, a Scottish physician, agriculturalist and chemist, who was a pioneer of artificial refrigeration. He is commonly noted as being responsible for the scientific principle of the heat pump.

Born in Hamilton in 1710, he opened a GP’s practice in the parish of Shotts in 1732. He became interested in chemistry and became a lecturer. In 1756, he gave the first documented public demonstration of refrigeration at Edinburgh University, using a pump to create a partial vacuum in a jar of diethyl ether.

He boiled the ether and the reaction absorbed heat from its surroundings. The process wasn’t practical or commercially viable at this stage, but it was viewed as the starting point for all other experiments and inventions using the same principle.

First heat pump

Between 1855 and 1857, Austrian scientist Peter von Rittinger created the first heat pump system. He began to understand the principle of the heat pump during his experiments using water vapour’s latent heat to evaporate salt brine. This led to the heat pump being used to dry salt in Austria’s salt marshes.

Geothermal energy was first used for electricity in 1904 – the year the geothermal electric generator was invented. In 1911, the first geothermal electric plant was constructed. In the 1940s, the heat pump was first used for heating buildings.

Pioneering invention

American inventor Robert C Webber came up with the idea of a ground source heat pump in 1948. He was experimenting with the efficiency of his deep freezer in the cellar of his home when he accidentally burned his hands on the cooling system’s outlet pipes. He went on to experiment into reversing the mechanics.

He connected the outlet pipe from the freezer to a hot water heater. The freezer produced constant excess heat, so he fastened the heated water to a piping loop. A small fan propelled the warm air into the building. He realised he had come up with a successful invention and went on to further perfect it.

He built a much larger heat pump, providing heating for his home. He designed a system using copper tubing buried in the ground, with Freon gas running through it to collect the ground heat. He condensed the gas in his cellar, it gave off heat and pushed the expanded gas through the ground coil, where it picked up its next load.

He was able to replace the coal furnace in his home, thanks to the successful design of his heat pump. Today, the same design is still used for heat pumps in most HVAC units. The same principle remains in use, although 21st century systems are smaller and more efficient, as technology continues to advance.

Sustainable heating

Webber was the man who inspired a new generation of electrical technology, based on the principle of air conditioning. Heat pumps are now incorporated into many modern new builds on a regular basis.

Klima-Therm produces a range of high-quality heat pumps, including polyvalent and modular systems. Please contact us on 020 8971 4195 or email sales@klima-therm.co.uk for information.

The Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations

The energy performance of buildings regulations

Any business with an air conditioning system must meet the standards set out by the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations. The legislation has been put in place to help anyone who manages or controls an AC system to understand and fulfil their responsibilities.

Inspections by an accredited air conditioning energy assessor are required to ensure the system is operating effectively. The regulations are designed to improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption, operating costs and carbon emissions – this ensures it benefits not only the individual business, but also the environment.

The energy assessor highlights potential improvements to the operation of the existing system, or suggests replacing older, less efficient systems with a new one where applicable.

Who’s responsible?

The person who manages the system, whether it’s the company owner, or the building owner, must take their obligations and duty of care very seriously when it comes to maintaining the AC unit. They must provide a healthy environment for the building’s occupants, while reducing the escape of refrigerant gases and making sure the equipment is safe.

Over time, the wear and tear of everyday use can put a strain on your AC unit. Without the appropriate maintenance, components may start to break down and not function at full efficiency. This can damage the way the AC system works.

Apart from causing it to be less environmentally-friendly, it can also cost you more in the long run, should it break down. It’s far better to keep the AC unit in good shape, rather than risking a complete breakdown, which may necessitate a whole new system.

What’s inspected?

An inspection normally includes checking the motor, drain line, blower, coils, return and supply lines, operating pressures and temperatures, refrigerant levels, connections and air ducts. Maintain the overall health of your workforce by ensuring your AC system isn’t spreading contaminated air because it’s not working correctly.

Once the air conditioning system has been inspected and any faults rectified, keep it properly maintained on a regular basis to ensure unobstructed airflow through the ducts into the interior of your premises. This will leave your employees working in a comfortable temperature, with clean, fresh air at all times.

Penalty for non-compliance

There are stiff penalties for not having regular air conditioning inspections carried out. The local authority (usually through its Trading Standards department) is responsible for enforcing the regulations when it comes to AC reports.

Failure to commission an inspection and provide a report when requested can result in a penalty charge notice being issued to the person in breach of the rules. Trading Standards officers can undertake an investigation and request a copy of the inspection report within seven days from the manager or the building’s owner.

Failure to comply can result in a financial penalty, as the person in charge of the AC system is obligated to make the inspection report available. Failing to provide the report when asked will incur a fixed penalty of £300. Individual occupants of the building are not liable in any way for a breach of the AC rules. It is solely the responsibility of the manager or the building’s owner.

If the AC inspection report is still not provided to an officer of the enforcement authority, then a further fixed penalty of £200 can be applied. It’s preferable to keep up-to-date with the inspections, not only to keep your system in working order, but also to avoid fines, should you fail to comply.

Klima-Therm can help you choose the right air conditioning units for your business. For more details, please contact us for a no-obligation chat with our knowledgeable team.

Last Day in the Office: It’s Christmas Time!

Christmas Office Party

The last day in the office before Christmas is traditionally a time when we begin winding down in readiness for the holiday season. For many companies, it’s time to host the Christmas party.

As well as being a thank you to the hard-working staff who have toiled all year round, it can also help to build employees’ morale and boost their spirits: a small investment of money, energy and time in planning and hosting the party is much appreciated by the workforce.

It’s always best to hold the office party on the final workday before the Christmas break, as it seems an appropriate way of ending on a high. After all, no-one feels like going back into work the day after a big party and it can become the forerunner to our festive celebrations at home.

For the management, it’s time to plan festive fun events for the final day. Making it enjoyable for everyone is the name of the game and some organised activities will always help the party to go with a swing.

Christmas jumpers

Rather than the traditional glass of bubbly and a few nibbles, it can help build Christmas spirit by hosting activities that foster a sense of togetherness. A popular example is holding a Christmas jumper day, when the staff can go wild and wear the brightest, corniest, most awful sweater imaginable!

Wearing a jumper adorned with reindeer with flashing antlers, a rotund glitter-covered Santa, or multi-coloured sparkly baubles can be a great conversation-starter as staff compare the horrific Christmas sweaters they have been given over the years.

Of course, you must accompany the jumper bonanza with festive food. To show how much you appreciate the staff, go further than a few bowls of crisps, nuts and mince pies. Supply beverages and a Christmas lunch as part of an afternoon celebration that puts the emphasis on employees getting to know each other.

Party games

You could organise games such as board games, pool, table tennis, shuffleboard, Pictionary, pin the tail on Rudolph, guess the movie and many more. This can spark hours of fun and will also take the emphasis of simply drinking after the meal.

Encourage employees to decorate their work area with Christmas decorations to make the office feel more festive. It can brighten up the workplace and make staff feel cheerful in the run-up to the party.

Christmas contest

You could offer a prize for the best-decorated workspace, with the winner receiving a seasonal prize, such as a bottle of bubbly and a box of chocolates, or something more elaborate, like a meal for two at a local restaurant. It all goes a long way towards showing the workforce that you appreciate them.

When the last day in the office has ended and the party’s over, before the building is locked up over Christmas and New Year, don’t forget to prepare for the return to work in January. Ensure you’ve organised your cleaning team to dispose of all the party leftovers, as no-one wants to return to a stale office.

Fresh air

Most importantly, keep your air conditioning running over the festive period. Remember that indoor air can be polluted by dust and other particles at any time of year, winter or summer. Your professionally installed AC system is an investment you’ll be grateful for in the New Year: walking into a fresh and clean environment on 2nd January will make everyone feel better as soon as they arrive.

Help keep your employees in good health (consequently boosting their productivity) by filtering the air before they return to work. Everyone will thank you for your foresight in making their return to the office more pleasant.

For more information on Klima-Therm’s range of professional air conditioning products suitable for offices, please contact us today.

From everyone at Klima-Therm… well, have a good one!

The Effects of Air Pollution

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The effects of air pollution cause concern worldwide, as exposure to certain pollutants can lead to severe health issues. They can also have a harmful effect on the environment. In most parts of Europe, the major causes of pollutants are combustion from heating, power generation and motor vehicles. Unfortunately, these types of pollutants can cause problems, not only in the immediate vicinity of the source, but also farther afield.

Common pollutants

The most common pollutants can cause various health problems when people are exposed to them at high levels. Sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone can irritate the lungs and airways, increasing the symptoms of lung disease.

Fine particles of dust and dirt can find their way into the lungs, causing inflammation and making heart and lung diseases worse. Carbon monoxide prevents the blood from absorbing oxygen, leading to a significant reduction in oxygen to the heart.

Even people in good health can experience the impact of polluted air, such as respiratory irritation and breathing difficulties. The risk of adverse effects depends on the individual’s current health, the type and concentration of pollutant and the length of exposure.

Health problems

The immediate health problems caused by high air pollution levels can include extra pressure on the heart and lungs as they work to supply oxygen to the body, aggravated cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses and cell damage in the respiratory system.

Permanent health effects can include decreased lung function, accelerated ageing of the lungs, diseases such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis and a shortened lifespan. Some people are more susceptible to health problems, including those with heart disease, congestive heart failure and lung diseases.

Other groups most at risk include pregnant women, elderly people and children under 14. These people may suffer health effects at lower levels of exposure to air pollution.

Ozone pollution

The primary sources of ground-level ozone include motor vehicles, construction equipment and agricultural equipment. Ozone reaches a peak during the afternoon and early evening. It can cause the airways to feel constricted and the respiratory system must work harder as a result.

Initial symptoms of ozone pollution can include a sore throat, coughing, a headache and nausea. In the longer term, this can lead to aggravated respiratory diseases, reduced resistance to infections and severe fatigue.

Particulate matter

Tiny particles in the air may contain all kinds of pollutants, including smoke, soot, sulfates, nitrates, dust and tyre rubber. The particles can be emitted directly (such as in smoke from a fire) but they can also form in the atmosphere from the reaction of gases, including nitrogen oxides.

Smaller particles pose the most serious problems, as they can bypass the body’s natural defences and get into your lungs and bloodstream. Exposure can cause asthma attacks and bronchitis, susceptibility to respiratory infections, eye irritation, coughing, a tight chest and shortness of breath.

As the level of air pollution rises, people with lung conditions are increasingly at risk of falling ill and needing medical treatment. When the level is particularly high, the government issues an air pollution alert in the affected area.

Tackling air pollution

Everyone can take steps to tackle air pollution. Every individual can reduce their own contribution to the problem. Rather than taking your car on short trips, cycle or walk when possible to reduce emissions and keep you active. If you can’t walk, consider car-sharing or using public transport.

If you’re buying a new car, check its nitrogen dioxide emissions first. Avoid buying diesel vehicles if possible and buy a hybrid or electric car instead. If you already have a car, have it serviced regularly to minimise the air pollution it may be causing.

If you already have a diesel car, have its particulate filter maintained and emptied regularly. Contact your local council’s environmental health department to report any incidents if you have any concerns about pollution in your area.

Good air quality

The benefits of air conditioning to purify the air are very important in our day-to-day life. While people usually think of air pollution as occurring outdoors, it can also infiltrate our home or workplace. In particular, having air conditioning in the workplace, where we spend a large part of our life, can keep the air quality purer, make us feel healthier and lead to increased productivity.

It goes without saying that no-one wants to spend a lot of time in stale air.

Air conditioning

Wherever we are, pollutants can rarely be avoided, but by installing a professional air conditioning system, they can be minimised. The AC unit should be correctly maintained, so that it gives optimum performance at all times. This includes winter maintenance.

You may think air conditioning is something you need only in summer, but the air quality can actually be poorer in winter, as less ventilation and rising humidity levels can create stagnant air in commercial buildings. This climate can breed pollutants, contaminants and allergens.

The filtration system of an AC unit provides all-year-round advantages, creating a healthy and comfortable environment. Including installation, servicing, maintenance and technical back-up, Klima-Therm provides an outstanding range of affordable air conditioning products and services. For more information, please contact us today.

Winston Churchill: War Rooms

War Room

The Klima-Therm team will be observing the 2-minute silence to commemorate all the war heroes – they died that we might live. We will remember them.

An underground labyrinth of rooms beneath Whitehall provided the nerve centre where wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill planned Britain’s military campaign against Germany. Known as the War Rooms, the complex housed around 200 staff, who supported the legendary leader’s battle against Hitler during World War II.

The group of basement offices was used by Churchill, his fellow government ministers and military planners, who worked and often slept in the 150 rooms. Plans for the hub of British operations had been drawn up soon after World War I, to protect the nation from any future conflict.

War Cabinet

The basement of Whitehall was chosen because it was large and roomy. It had a strong steel frame and was close to the Houses of Parliament. Adapted into offices, meeting rooms for the War Cabinet and basic bedrooms and bathrooms, unlike the Führer’s purpose-built bunker in Berlin, the War Rooms were just a few feet below the surface.

Historians say they would probably not have survived a direct hit from a bomb, but they served their purpose, survived the war and are still in existence today. The facilities included the meeting rooms for the War Cabinet, a military information centre and a map room to chart the Allies’ progress in the conflict zones.

The War Rooms became operational on 27th August 1939, a week before Britain’s declaration of war against Germany. During the course of the conflict, 115 Cabinet meetings took place there between 1939 and 1945. Meetings were even held there at the height of the Blitz.

Stale air

The complex was in use seven days a week, 24 hours a day, until 16th August 1945. For the 200 staff who worked and slept there, the conditions weren’t ideal. According to reports from employees, a lack of running water and poor ventilation made it very uncomfortable.

A former staff member said they recalled putting a handkerchief over the air conditioning duct, only to see it turn black with dust and grime in just a few minutes. The workers who spent all their time in the underground rooms frequently suffered from violent headaches due to the poor ventilation.

Although there were electric fans in the rooms, they simply circulated the unhealthy, stale air, which was filled with tobacco and cigarette fumes. It was hard to go to sleep, as the staff were kept awake by the sound of rats, an abundance of spiders and the foul atmosphere.

Noise ban

Churchill was a tough taskmaster, as it was well documented that he hated noise and became increasingly irritated if anything disturbed his peace and quiet. He imported special noiseless Remington typewriters from the US and even banned whistling!

Yet being a smoker himself, it appeared the stale air didn’t bother him and he continued to smoke his famous cigars. Churchill’s own quarters, and indeed the rest of the complex, remain largely untouched today. The arm of his chair is covered in scratches, where he dug his nails into the wood when he was stressed.

He used a microphone to broadcast rallying speeches on the radio, boosting the nation’s morale, especially during the Blitz. It still stands in his room, as does another famous relic – the Prime Minister’s ashtray!

War Rooms exhibition

A permanent exhibition of the War Rooms, entitled Undercover: Life in Churchill’s Bunker, is run by the Imperial War Museum. Visitors can see first-hand the secret underground bunker and can read testimonies from employees who worked with Churchill.

You can walk through the labyrinth of corridors and stand in the transatlantic phone room, which contained a direct line to US president Franklin Roosevelt. Old recordings of Churchill’s speeches are broadcast in the bunkers, creating a rather eerie atmosphere and bringing home the realism of what it represents.

Services will be taking place all over the world on Remembrance Sunday, 10th November, to remember the brave men and women who lost their lives during World War II and other conflicts. Lest we forget.

The World we Live in: Air Con

Air conditioning in office

Air conditioning is an invention that has changed the world. Imagine life if we could control the weather, making it cooler in a heatwave, or warmer during the winter. Thanks to air con, we can – at least indoors!

Climate change has spurred inventors to come up with some ambitious ideas for controlling the weather as the climate gets warmer, and although we can’t feasibly influence the weather as such, we can control our indoor environment.

Air con early years

While humans have been using fire to provide heat for thousands of years, cooling down when the weather is hot has been more of a challenge. The first solution came in the 19th century, when American entrepreneur Frederic Tudor, of Boston, came up with an innovative idea.

He began transporting huge blocks of ice from New England in winter to warmer regions, insulating them in sawdust for the journey. Although his idea wasn’t wholly successful, as some of the ice invariably melted en route, it still earned him a fortune.

Air conditioning as we now know it was invented in 1902.

Hospitals

Hospitals must be properly ventilated at a comfortable temperature to provide patients with the appropriate conditions for recovery. The temperature should also be conducive with allowing doctors and other medical and ancillary staff to work efficiently, 365 days a day, 24 hours a day, whatever the weather. Temperature and humidity control have become indispensable parts of the hospitals’ energy management too.

Cinemas and theatres

Historically, theatres (and later cinemas) would shut down due to summer temperatures. Without windows and with people packed tightly together, the heat would be horrific. In 1880, Madison Square Theatre, in New York, tried installing an 8ft fan to blow cool air towards the audience – created by a block of ice behind ducts. Alas, the air was damp and smelled unpleasant.

Air con revolutionised cinemas. It became a selling point and was responsible for the “summer blockbuster”. A big film would be released to lure customers in, with the promise of escaping from the heatwave to watch a great movie in cool surroundings.

Factories

Air conditioning is crucial in factories, where industrial machinery can cause the atmosphere to become incredibly hot and uncomfortable for the workforce. There are stringent regulations on working environments, including the temperature, the air quality and energy saving.

An efficient air conditioning system is crucial for the factory environment, as it maintains safe working conditions. For factories that produce heat-sensitive items, such as food or medication, working in a cool temperature is even more important.

Care homes

Air conditioning in retirement homes is important to ensure the residents’ comfort. It also enables the staff to work in an appropriate temperature, even in the event of a summer heatwave. While a lot of care is taken to ensure the elderly keep warm in winter, an equal amount of importance should be attached to keeping them cool in summer. It is also vital to keep the temperature cool in an environment where many medications are dispensed.

Offices

While a lot of attention is paid to the seating and desk layout in an office environment, it’s also important to make sure the staff are working in a pleasant temperature. Working in a hot office can make employees feel sleepy and affect productivity. If there are a lot of computers and other electrical equipment in the room, this can make the temperature feel even warmer, particularly in the middle of summer, when it’s hot outside. In some offices, a dress code means staff may be even warmer, so an efficient air con system becomes even more important.

Private residences

The global annual temperature is reported to have increased by an average of 0.07C per decade since 1880 and at a rate of 0.17C every ten years since 1970. In line with global warming and the steady increase in temperature, air conditioning has been introduced into people’s homes, which is beneficial during the type of heatwaves we’ve been experiencing recently.

Air conditioning has had a positive effect on people’s quality of life, both at home and in the workplace. It helps us to live more comfortably, no matter how high the temperature. Klima-Therm’s specialist air conditioning services will ensure you can enjoy a comfortable climate all year round, in almost every walk of life.

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What are we doing about Global Warming?

Global warming penguin

Climate change is a phenomenon that has been in the headlines recently – not least because the UK experienced the hottest day in July since records began. The temperature soared to 38.1°C in Cambridge on 25th July 2019, when similarly high temperatures were recorded across Europe.

It was even hotter in Paris on the same day, when the temperature hit a record high of 42.6°C. Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands also sweltered this July in the hottest heatwave in history, as a result of global warming – which is having a detrimental effect on our planet.

What is the greenhouse effect?

The temperature of the earth’s atmosphere is continually rising as a result of the greenhouse effect. Caused by ever-increasing levels of pollutants being released into the atmosphere, such as CFCs and carbon dioxide, this is making a hole in the ozone layer.

It’s known as the greenhouse effect because the gases in the earth’s atmosphere are letting in light, but trapping heat, in the same way as a greenhouse’s glass panes allow the sunlight in and retain the heat inside.

Scientists have made it clear that immediate action must be taken to reduce the damaging emissions and slow down global warming. If emissions aren’t reduced, global temperatures are on track to rise by around 6°C on average, leading to global disaster.

Scientists say it has already started at the planet’s poles, such as at the Arctic, which may end up ice-free after the summer melt season in only a few years, if global warming continues at its current rate.

It’s predicted that by 2050, the sea level will have risen by up to 2.3 feet if the glaciers continue to melt – a significant rise in sea levels has already been detected at the Gulf of Mexico and on the east coast of the United States.

What can we do to help?

So what is everyone doing about global warming? Some people are trying their best to reduce emissions and slow down global warming to protect our planet for future generations.

According to NASA, in order to slow down climate change, we must reduce the flow of heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We can do this by reducing the source of the gases, such as by burning less fossil fuel for electricity, transport and heat.

At the same time, we must enhance the places where the gases can accumulate, such as forests, soil and the sea. The ecosystem must be able to adapt to climate change gradually, rather than having it artificially speeded up by human interference.

What are companies doing?

Forward-thinking companies need to look ahead, complete a detailed risk assessment of how climate change will affect them, and equip themselves accordingly, so they can continue to function without adversely affecting the climate further.

In the business world, some global companies are already adapting to climate change and changing the way they work so they’re not adding to the problem. For example, the Swedish furniture-maker, Ikea, has invested in sustainability throughout its whole operation.

This includes its supply chain, where around 50% of Ikea’s wood is sourced from sustainable forests and 100% of its cotton comes from farms that practice Better Cotton standards – this means they use less water, chemical fertilisers and energy in the production processes.

Unilever has also made green investments and has turned sustainability into a major part of its corporate brand. First adopted as long ago as 2010, its Sustainable Living Plan sets targets for supply chain, sourcing and production. It covers everything from water and energy use, to the treatment of suppliers and their local communities.

How can we save energy at home?

As well as businesses changing their working practices to halt global warming, individuals can do their bit too. Even doing one small, simple thing can help – such as saving energy at home by turning off appliances and lights when they’re not being used, using low-energy light bulbs and switching to a renewable energy supplier.

Cut down on the excess use of electric appliances – for example, try to dry your clothes naturally, rather than in a tumble dryer, which uses around five times as much electricity as the washing machine.

If you have an old boiler that is more than 15 years old, replace it with a modern, eco-friendly alternative. This will save you money on bills, as well as helping the planet.

How can we keep cool and protect the planet?

Switch to reliable, energy-efficient and eco-friendly air conditioning units, such as the latest Turbocor chillers. Based on advanced technology, they are designed and manufactured to offer greater control and flexibility. This ensures they provide energy efficiency, making them ideal for commercial applications, including hotels and medium to large buildings which require air conditioning. They create the perfect balance between comfort, low consumption and flexibility.

Axial fans improve the heat exchange with reduced energy consumption. Danfoss Turbocor compressors deliver high efficiency with a compact footprint – this is the world’s first oil-free magnetic bearing compressor for the air conditioning industry.

When you need to keep cool, there’s no need to add to the problems of climate change and global warming if you choose an eco-friendly system. Klima-Therm’s products allow you to enjoy a high level of comfort, while remaining energy-efficient.

Please contact us today for further information on our products and services.

Air Con and Insects

Spider

Insects can be a nuisance when it comes to air conditioning units. Once they’ve infiltrated your AC ducts, it’s inevitable that they will find their way into your home or workplace. No one wants them getting into food, or biting people and pets.

Insects are always looking for places to live, where they can access water and food. They may be attracted to your home by the smell of cooking through the air conditioner ducts, or it could be there’s water dripping from the compressor hose.

What types of insects can invade your AC?

Various types of insects can find their way into your air con. One of the most common is the cockroach. Due to its body shape, it can squeeze through even tiny cracks. Cockroaches love cool, dark places, so they may even nest in the ducts. You may hear them scurrying about, which is bad enough, but you certainly won’t want them in your home!

Another invader is the spider, which may get into vents, ductwork and your indoor AC unit if you don’t keep these areas clean. While spiders in the house can simply be a nuisance in the UK, especially if you have a phobia of them, they can be a major health hazard in some countries, where poisonous spiders are prevalent.

Dust mites can live inside undisturbed tight spaces in the home, including your air con system. They can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Female mosquitoes may seek out undisturbed AC units to lay their eggs and they can enter your home through the vents. Ants may invade your AC system too – remember, insects don’t need to fly to find their way in.

Earwigs may also be an AC invader, as they are nocturnal creatures that like cool, dark conditions. Although this may sound like a horror story, the simple way to keep all of these insect invaders out is by having your ductwork maintained and cleaned regularly.

Do insects affect the AC’s performance?

Bugs can cause problems with indoor air quality. Any insects that nest, such as ants, can prevent parts of the AC unit from operating properly. They can also short your electrical connections. This can cause performance issues, affecting the unit’s energy efficiency, while over time, if untreated, it can cause the unit to shut down altogether.

If you try to treat infestations yourself, this can cause issues, as you should never use pesticides. Going to the shop and buying an insect spray is the usual reaction, but you shouldn’t spray inside your AC ducts with pesticide, as this can cause the fumes to spread through your home the next time you turn on the air conditioning. This could make you and your pets ill.

How do you get rid of insects?

Keeping your AC unit properly cleaned and maintained can help to stop insect invaders in the first place. While your ducts are clean, you can install very fine wire mesh over the duct openings. This will allow the air to come through, while keeping the insects out.

If you haven’t had your AC system cleaned and maintained regularly, you may already have insects inside. The solution is to have the ducts professionally cleaned. Don’t have a DIY disaster by tackling it yourself! Professional duct cleaning will remove insects and any droppings they may have left behind, leaving your system running efficiently.

Improve your comfort and quality of life at home with the help of Klima-Therm. We can clean your air con ducts and remove any insects that have found their way inside – they might even be entering your home! For further information on our products and services, please contact us for a no-obligation chat

Squeeze: Cool For Cats

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Pop band Squeeze has been going strong since 1974. As one of the few survivors of the British new wave era, their commercial light rock sound has made them high-flyers for more than four decades. The group is still fronted by the two founder members, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.

They formed when 20-year-old vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Difford advertised in a local shop window in Deptford, London, for a guitarist. Tilbrook, who was 17 at the time, replied and they struck up a prolific song writing partnership. Drummer Paul Gunn and keyboard player Jools Holland joined them soon afterwards.

They called themselves Squeeze after the 1973 LP by the rock band Velvet Underground. After winning a record deal in 1976, they had their debut hit, Take Me I’m Yours, in 1978, which peaked at number 19 in the UK singles chart. To date, they have released 48 hit singles and 33 albums.

Cool for Cats

Second album, Cool for Cats, released in 1979 on A&M Records, was certified silver in the UK. The band released the title track as a single, which went to number two in the UK and launched them on the international market.

Written by the now established team of Tilbrook and Difford, the song was one of only three songs when Difford sang the lead vocal. The duo were inspired to write the song by the UK television series, Cool for Cats, which was hailed the first UK “youth show” in the 1950s.

It featured the top rock and roll bands of the day and the “cool cats” were the bands and audience members, who were into the latest trends and music. Difford sang Cool for Cats in a pronounced Cockney accent, portraying an ordinary guy in a pub, enjoying inebriated banter with his mates.

“Cool” guys

He’s singing about “cool” guys (both real and fictional), including the American frontiersman, soldier and politician, Davy Crockett, whose exploits in the Tennessee military in the 19th century led to his legendary status.

Difford sings as a regular guy, who admires all-action heroes, while his own life is dull in comparison. After hailing Crockett, he says, “The Sweeney’s doing 90, ‘cos they’ve got the word to go,” in reference to the gritty 1970s television series, starring John Thaw. He talks of the action-packed life of the detectives, with their high-speed car chases and catching a “gang of villains in a shed up at Heathrow”, before going back to the police station.

Difford sings about how it’s “cool to be a cat”, or so everybody tells him. “I want to be so flash, I give a little muscle and I spend a little cash,” he admits, but he realises his own life, meeting girls at “the disco” and giving them “some old chat”, isn’t like life is portrayed on the TV.

By the time he’s sober, he’s forgotten about all his exploits anyway and realises his rather mundane life isn’t “cool for cats”, but he’s stuck with it.

Long career

Cool for Cats was the start of a massive series of chart successes, including Squeeze’s 1979 smash, Up the Junction, followed by Labelled with Love in 1981. Later that year, Tempted was their first big hit in the United States.

The song writing team of Difford and Tilford produced such classics as their best-selling albums, the gold certified Argybargy in 1980 and the silver East Side Story in 1981, and Babylon and On six years later.

In 1992, the single Cool for Cats was resurrected after it was used for a milk commercial and it hit the charts a second time.

In 1999, Difford and Tilford announced the band was splitting up and they both began solo careers, but eight years later, they re-formed Squeeze with a new backing band. Their success continued with an American tour in August 2007, TV appearances and more gigs in the US and the UK from 2008 to 2010.

The band continues to record new material, with their latest releases being an album, The Knowledge, and a single, Innocence in Paradise, in 2017.

Cool for everyone, including the cat!

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