The British heatwave of 2018 reached highs of 35°C (95.5°F) in Faversham, Kent as of 26th July, and also recorded the hottest April day in 70 years, reaching 29.1°C. This wouldn’t be too bad if it was a one off issue, but the average temperatures for July have risen from 15.7°C to 18.7°C in just 3 years. On top of this, the whole of 2018 had an average temperature of 15.8°C, a rise of 1.5°C over the long term average. These temperatures are soon to be the norm and the amount of heatwaves set to increase, causing further need for comfortable living environments.
Heatwaves will therefore threaten the more vulnerable members of our society, such as the elderly, young children and those with either lung or heart conditions. During the 2003 European heatwave, in some areas of the UK there were 42% increased deaths in nursing homes. A report by MPs in July 2018 found that around 7,000 extra people could be killed each year by 2050 due to heat related complications. Air conditioners are one of the easiest ways we can help reduce temperatures for those more vulnerable, either by creating cooler drop in buildings, but also making their home lives more comfortable.
There are three main types of air conditioners
we provide at City Plumbing.
We stock portable air conditioners
, available to cool down specific rooms, but aren’t constrained to one specific area of the building.
Ability to move to different rooms when appropriate
No need to install within the building
You have to vent the exhaust hose through an open window or door which can cause security risks
Some units can be heavy
Not always as effective as installed units - they can get hot and leak warm air back into the room
Our packaged air conditioners
are more permanent split air conditioners and can quite often be found within the workplace and commercial buildings.
All-in-one heating and cooling systems for buildings that don’t have a lot of room indoors for a furnace and coil, or an air handler
Ideal if you have one room that regularly gets hot
A secure way of cooling the building - no need to open a window/door
Can sometimes be more expensive than standalone machines
Needs to be permanently fiixed onto an outside facing wall for ventilation
2018 saw the driest June on record since 1925 and in these conditions evaporative coolers
can help alleviate dry and oppressive conditions. They work by passing the warm and dry outside air through water filled filler pads causing the water to evaporate into the warm air, lowering its temperature and increasing humidity.
Reasonably inexpensive to run
Simple, compact installation
Ensures a constant supply of fresh, cooled air throughout the room
Doesn’t always perform well in humid climates
Limited temperature control
Can use up to 25 litres of water an hour
Due to the rise in temperatures over the last few years and the increased risk to health over the last 3 years, air conditioners are becoming a much more desirable piece of equipment. The Trades Union Congress also want to introduce maximum working temperatures to help with overheating in the work environment. Workplaces will need to install air conditioning units to help stop potential disruption to normal working hours. They will allow more relaxed working environments while helping the older generation and those more vulnerable deal with the increasing warm temperatures, helping the United Kingdom combat any potential 2019 heatwave.