5. Better Energy Efficiency
Improvements in technology and a focus on sustainable performance mean air conditioning systems are more energy efficient than ever before, leading to substantial gains for your business.
For example, a heat recovery VRF system can recover up to 90% of otherwise wasted heat, redistributing it where needed indoors. What this means is reduced energy consumption, costs and carbon footprint. Of course, it’s important to choose the right air conditioning for your business to ensure maximum benefit in terms of efficiency.
6. Protection of Critical Equipment
It’s not just staff and customers that benefit from a controlled climate - your business assets do too. Critical equipment used on a daily basis generates a lot of heat and can become damaged or fail if heat and humidity are left unchecked.
The potential consequences here are costly. It’s not just the repair or replacement of equipment, but also the loss of productivity you need to account for. The right AC system acts as a preventative measure.
Does a Business Have to Have Air Conditioning?
In short, no. Whilst the law requires that any indoor working environment must be kept at a ‘reasonable’ temperature, it does not specify exact minimum and maximum requirements (although 16℃ is given as guidance for minimum temperature, 13℃ in cases where physical work is being undertaken). The legal requirements for workplace ventilation state that an adequate supply of fresh air must be ensured, but this can be sourced through either natural or mechanical ventilation.
However, though business owners are not legally obliged to do so, the advantages of having the right air conditioning system installed are many - from improved staff wellbeing and productivity to cost saving efficiencies. With that in mind, air conditioning should be seen as a sensible investment in the future of your business.