None of us would contemplate living in the UK over the winter without some form of heating. The cold and damp environment would make it unpleasant and almost unbearable. If your boiler breaks down in the middle of the winter, you won’t delay getting it repaired will you?
As climate change alters our local climate, summers are becoming hotter. It may not be quite like the Mediterranean, but it is warmer than it has been in the last few decades and that trend looks set to continue. Nowadays, we make sure that our cars have air conditioning and we may think twice before working in an office that is not comfort cooled during the summer, so why should our homes be any different? While air conditioning is still a more expensive form of cooling – compared to natural ventilation, for example – the price has dropped significantly over the past few years. This month we take a look at the reasons why it is no longer a luxury item in our homes.
There is a much greater variety of types of air conditioning units on the market offering much more choice when it comes to cooling a room or a whole house. Ranging from central air conditioning, which is built into the fabric of your home, to portable units that you can move around the home and everything in between there is an option that will suit your needs and budget. Check out our coverage of the most popular air conditioning units for some ideas.
With a wider range of units to choose from comes a greater price range too. Cheaper, portable units are the basic starting point but if you are looking to cool a specific room such as a bedroom, then it may be worth spending a little more for a wall-mounted unit. The increasing number of manufacturers who sell their units in the UK has also made the market more competitive, which means you can find something in your price range far more easily than you could just a few years ago.
Technology improvements have meant that air conditioning units are more reliable and more efficient. With a good maintenance and servicing regime, they can last for more than a decade and come with an improved energy efficiency rating.
Need for cooler spaces
With the increase in temperature comes an adverse impact on those who are more vulnerable. The elderly, young children, or those who are battling medical issues don’t always fare as well as a healthy, younger adult in the summer heat. A cooler space for them to retire to in times of discomfort can be a life saver for some.
If the summer heat has already made you wish you had installed an air conditioning unit in your home it is not too late! Give our JP Air Conditioning team a call on 020 8333 1191 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss and help you find the right cooling solution for your home and budget today.