Office Air Conditioning
When it comes to finding the perfect air conditioning for your office, it’s difficult to know where to start. There’s a lot to take into consideration before you make your decision, so it’s worth taking the time to consider all office air conditioning options. You’ll probably be looking at:
- Finding the right company that will do the job properly.
- Getting quotes that suit your budgetary requirements.
- The different types of air conditioning and which option to choose.
- When you have time in your working schedule for the system to be installed with minimum disruption.
- And thinking, ‘Do I really need to invest in air conditioning?’
A lot of business owners will try and hold off from getting air conditioning in their offices for as long as possible, but this is a mistake. Working in ‘stuffy’ conditions can lead to unproductive, sweaty staff and reduced staff morale (surely we don’t need to tell you why this is a bad thing for your business).
As the theory goes, the more comfortable and happier your staff are at work, the more work they will do, right?
You’ll not only benefit from more work from your employees, clearer thinking will mean that the quality of their work is better, which in turn means better results for your business and more money in your bank.
Investing in air conditioning is understandably a big step to make for any business looking to take things to the next level. If your mind is already made up and you are looking to learn more about the different types of air conditioning for offices, we have provided a few details of the most popular options below.
The Different Types of Office Air Conditioning
There are a few main options available when it comes to office air conditioning. Here you can find out everything you know about the different air con types and why you would choose each.
Wall-mounted air conditioning is a popular choice in small to medium sized offices with around 1-6 people operating within. When the size of the office is greater, with more people working inside, the need for more wall-mounted units will increase. It’s possible to have several wall-mounted air conditioners scattered strategically around the office to ensure everyone can benefit from the cooler air circling around the room.
With wall-mounted air conditioning, there is no real need to alter the office design. The units can be fixed high up on the wall so that the air is directed downwards and outwards away from the wall and ceiling. The units are long and thin and can sit stealthily at a height without impacting the design of your office.
When the design of the office is crucial, more aesthetically pleasing systems can be purchased to ensure the office still looks good. Silent/quieter systems can also be purchased to make sure employees aren’t distracted by the sound of the unit.
Ceiling-Mounted Cassette Units
Modern offices often lean towards ceiling-mounted units, otherwise known as cassette air conditioners.
Cassette air con units are slightly more expensive, and this is almost totally down to the design of the system. They can be integrated into suspended ceilings and hidden from view, with only the cool-air providing, fascia panel still in view.
Ceiling-mounted cassette units are discreet and aesthetically pleasing. There are also several options in terms of the different systems available, so it’s worth taking the time to discover various options out there.
This type of air conditioning is perfect for large businesses where the need for greater, well-balanced cooling systems is high. Some units have individually controlled louvers which allow you to direct the air all around the office in particular directions.
Generally speaking, you need a suspended or ‘false’ ceiling to benefit from a ceiling-mounted cassette unit. If you don’t, it’s worth leaning towards the wall-mounted option.
Ducted air conditioning units are also extremely popular when it comes to finding the perfect air conditioning for your office. They are the most expensive option out there, but probably the most aesthetically pleasing out of all three options. Like the ceiling-mounted units, ducted units can be hidden from view, with only the small louvre grilles on view once installation has been complete.
Suspended ceilings are also needed for ducted units to be installed. It’s usually a wise idea to have ducted units installed as part of a new-build or refurbishment project, although the units can still be installed at any time by retrofitting them into the ceiling.
Ducted air con units can be fitted into other ceiling types too, although the work is generally more different and the cost of installation can increase when this is the case.
If you care about the design of your office, it’s worth leaning towards this type of unit for aesthetical appeal. If you are a fan of the ducted unit, be prepared to pay more for this option than for wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted units. With different grille styles out there, you can work with your air conditioning contractor to fit the installation into your office design.
Why your Office needs Air Conditioning?
Air conditioning can fit neatly into your office design. Whether you have a large sales floor with hundreds of employees that need cooling or a medium sized office with a handful of uncomfortable staff, it can play a fundamental role in the day-to-day functioning of your business, providing a practical and convenient way of cooling staff when working conditions become hot and sticky.
Offices without air conditioning can have a negative working environment. Staff that are working in uncomfortable conditions, whether that be too hot or too cold, can become grouchy. This isn’t good for your business or for the customers you are trying to serve. With that in mind, it’s worth taking the time to look at your air conditioning options to try and create a more hospitable working environment for your employees and/or customers. There are office design companies out there that can work with you to fit your air conditioning installation into design of your office. Fusion Office Design is a prime example of a company that understands why it is so important for offices to have comfortable working environments.