Commercial Air Conditioning Design

Creating a comfortable indoor environment is crucial to the comfort of your customers and productivity of your employees. But achieving effective climate control is more than just installing an air conditioner.

Setpoint22 offers customised commercial air conditioning design for your specific needs and goals. Our fully integrated service takes you from the initial concept through to the final commissioning of your commercial air conditioning system, and is available throughout the UK.

With insight into the design process and core principles, we help businesses take informed steps towards implementing customised cooling solutions that promote productivity, sustainability and cost-effectiveness across their operations.

And we work with a wide variety of industries including retail, healthcare, leisure, education, data centres and pharmaceuticals.

What is commercial air conditioning design?

Commercial air conditioning design refers to the process of planning and implementing cooling systems tailored to the specific requirements of commercial spaces.

This involves a detailed assessment of a building’s layout, the ambient environment, and the unique cooling needs of the space to ensure an efficient, reliable, and effective air conditioning system.

Why is it important?

A well-designed system provides a comfortable environment for everyone in the building. It enhances energy efficiency, reduces your operating costs, and minimises the impact your business can have on the environment.

In commercial settings, where the scale and complexity of air conditioning systems are significantly higher than in residential setups, you should always consult professionals like Setpoint22 to ensure optimal performance and longevity of your air conditioning system.

Key considerations for design

Designing a commercial air conditioning system involves a detailed analysis of your building’s layout, occupancy patterns, and specific cooling needs. This foundational step ensures that the proposed system will effectively manage the space’s temperature and air quality year-round.

The factors you must consider to ensure your air conditioning system is efficient, cost-effective, and compliant include:

  • Size and layout of the space: The layout of your commercial space influences the type and capacity of the air conditioning system required for efficient cooling. A restaurant with an open kitchen and dining area requires a different cooling strategy than a compact, multi-room office space.
  • Occupancy and usage: The number of occupants and activities performed within the space affect the cooling load and air quality requirements. A gym, with active people generating heat, demands a higher cooling load and air quality management to maintain a comfortable environment than a library, with fewer occupants and less active use.
  • Local climate: The external environmental conditions dictate the system’s resilience and efficiency in maintaining the desired internal temperatures.
  • Energy efficiency: Selecting energy-efficient components will help minimise energy consumption and reduce operational costs.

Why does any business need a tailored design?

Considering the factors discussed above, a one-size-fits-all approach is not feasible when it comes to commercial air conditioning design. Custom designs ensure that the system efficiently meets the cooling demands, adheres to local regulations, and aligns with your business sustainability goals and cost-management objectives.

Moreover, a professionally designed system can foresee and mitigate potential issues, ensuring the system’s reliability and preventing costly breakdowns and repairs during peak business periods.

Air conditioning regulations in the UK

The UK has specific rules and regulations for air conditioning systems, focusing on safety, energy efficiency, and environmental impact. These include:

  • Building regulations: Ensure that systems meet energy efficiency and building safety standards.
  • F-Gas regulations: Aimed at reducing emissions from fluorinated greenhouse gases, including those used in air conditioning.
  • Energy performance certificates (EPCs): Buildings must have an EPC rating, which reflects their energy efficiency, including the impact of their air conditioning systems.

At Setpoint22, our experts will ensure all designs are compliant with local commercial air conditioning system regulations.

By considering key design elements and understanding the essential components and regulations, you can achieve optimal air conditioning solutions to keep your business running smoothly.

Looking for a commercial air conditioning design? Ask a team member about a tailored commercial air conditioning design by Setpoint22

We offer a fully integrated service from concept through to installation, maintenance and repairs.

Frequently asked questions

How does Setpoint22 design an air conditioning system?

  • Setpoint22 designs custom air conditioning systems by following a comprehensive process that ensures optimal performance and efficiency. Some key steps involved are assessing your cooling needs, picking appropriate components, scalability and adaptability.

What are the design considerations of an air conditioner?

  • Considerations include the size of the space, energy efficiency, the system’s environmental impact, and compliance with UK regulations.

What is the 20-degree rule for air conditioners?

  • This rule suggests maintaining indoor temperatures no more than 20 degrees celsius cooler than outside to ensure comfort and energy efficiency.

What are the four components of air conditioning?

  • The key components are the compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and evaporator.

What are the rules for air conditioners in the UK?

  • UK regulations focus on safety, energy efficiency, and reducing environmental impact, including adherence to building regulations and F-Gas regulations.