The colder months are approaching fast – you may have noticed more winter coats on the office coat stand, some more students wrapping up, your food storage areas dropping in temperature. Here at IRS, our team like to ensure all our clients are prepared throughout the colder months, as well as the warmer ones.
Many workplaces believe that when the temperature drops, it’s not as important as when it rises – however this is not the case. Your air conditioning and refrigeration systems still need to work on overtime to regulate their set temperature. If your refrigeration systems are not regularly serviced to a high quality, there is a chance that it will use up more energy to work correctly; resulting in higher energy bills throughout the winter, alongside the increase of energy costs of increased heating throughout buildings.
Majority of units are built to withstand the elements and rarely need to be covered during the colder months. If anything, covering your AC unit during the winter is a myth, and can actually do more harm than good – especially when you come to uncovering it in the Spring. This is due to the fact that it prevents air from moving freely; therefore, causing mould, and moisture build-up which could ultimately freeze. This causes many efficiency problems. Covering your air conditioning unit can also invite unwanted guests, such as rats and other pests.
Believe it or not, refrigerators and freezers can get too cold and breakdown! All compliances that use compressions to pump a refrigerant gas around a network of pipes are given a Climate Class rating by their manufacturers. In Britain, we use N for Normal (16°C to 32°C) and SN for Sub Normal (10°C to 32°C). Appliances are designed to operate within these given temperature ranges. This means, for example, that if the winter rolls around, and you have not increased your central heating to at least the minimum of your Climate Class (for example 10°C) there is a chance that your freezer could begin to defrost! This is due to the fact that if the surrounding temperature drops below 10°C, your freezer will not feel the need to demand any further cooling and your food stock is very likely to defrost.
Ensuring regular maintenance and high-quality servicing will help keep your air conditioning and refrigeration systems working as they should throughout the cooler months and will prevent a spike in your energy bills! Get in touch with our friendly team of experts today to find out how we could help your workplace prepare for the winter by clicking here.
Posted on 09/10/2019