No fans of smog

With air pollution levels dangerously high in many urban areas, there is a reluctance among urban apartment dwellers to simply open the windows when it gets hot. Air conditioning specialist Cool You UK explains what the latest systems can do to help.

Apartment owners often don’t want to let the outside smog into their homes, and with many concerned about outside noise pollution too, air conditioning is increasingly becoming a feature that’s called for in modern apartment building developments in the UK.

As a housebuilder or developer, this presents you with an interesting dilemma – how do you give potential buyers the air conditioning they want when space is limited? This can often be an issue, as air conditioning new homes doesn’t tend to lend itself well to many apartment developments, at least not in its conventional form.

Installing the vast majority of air conditioning systems into apartment buildings can be quite challenging. For all the conveniences they offer their occupants, apartments provide few options for effective cooling. Depending on the nature of the lease agreement or the contracts between the occupier and the building management company, it cannot be said for certain that holes can be made in the walls of the apartment building. This often rules out installing an outside condenser, which is a crucial part of a conventional air conditioning installation.

The most common issue when it comes to installing air conditioning into an apartment development is simply a lack of room. Due to the nature of apartments, space is often at a premium. Apartments of course come in many different shapes and sizes, with differing installation challenges, while outside condenser units are often very standard. In many apartment developments there is not enough room to mount an outdoor unit on an external wall.

What could you sacrifice?

If there is sufficient room for a condenser, there is then the question of what must be sacrificed for the condenser to be installed. Would air conditioning and the outside condenser which comes with it be considered more attractive than floor to ceiling windows, offering views of the city around the development? Or could much-desired outside balcony space be sacrificed for such a cooling unit?

These are the kind of questions which developers must ask themselves in order to build desirable properties for potential homeowners, while working with limited space. There is then the issue of the obtrusiveness of the outside condensers which come with conventional air conditioning.

While more and more modern apartment buildings are being developed to add aesthetic value to the landscape of their surrounding area, outside condenser units do not lend themselves to these aesthetics. Instead, some units can even look ugly and out of place when installed on a modern apartment building.

There is a solution

This air conditioning dilemma faces many modern apartment developers working with limited space. However, save for the creativity of cooling an apartment the old-fashioned way with a series of fans and open windows, there is an answer to this problem that does not involve the use of an outside condenser unit.

The solution comes in the form of water cooled air conditioning. Offering the same cooling and air quality offered by its conventional counterpart, water cooled air conditioning solves the issues of space and adverse effects on aesthetics with its completely internal design.

Requiring no outside condenser, this style of air conditioning instead usually utilises an easily concealed A** rated DC inverter internal condenser unit. This is then connected to a choice of room cooling units by discreet and relatively standard refrigerant pipe work.

One option is internal, energy efficient, DC inverter air cooled condenser(s), available in mono and multi room split specifications. This option normally needs to be incorporated during the design of the building, with aesthetic grills to the outside from each of the apartments.

If you, as the developer do not want to include air conditioning in the finished apartment, it can instead be offered as an optional extra, or retro-fitted after completion and sale.

Another option is internal, energy efficient, DC inverter water cooled condenser(s), also available in mono and multi room split specifications. This is the most popular option, as they can be specified at any stage in the design as an option, or retro-fitted. Everything is completely internal. The internal condenser unit is easily concealed by its ability to be located in a number of different locations around the home, including utility cupboards, under a kitchen unit, in a bathroom etc.

Without the need for an outside condenser in either of the above options, there is no need to install anything to the exterior of the development, meaning the issue of external space and outside aesthetics is solved.

Find out more on the Cool You UK website