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What are the best air conditioning solutions for offices?

December 18, 2019


As a business owner or building manager, you’ll want to ensure that your staff or occupants are comfortable in their work place.  A stuffy, over-heated environment will have a direct impact on productivity, and the health of workers too.

If the temperature in your office is inconsistent or causes discomfort for some, then it may be time to install or upgrade your air conditioning.

So, where do you begin? 

Buying a new air conditioning system is an important investment, so you need to ensure that you choose the right system for your needs.  Your air conditioning installer will always calculate the exact cooling and heating needs for the space where it’s needed, however it’s a good idea to do your own homework first about the type of system that you need.  You might want to consider whether you want:

Cooling only
Heating and cooling
Additional fresh air ventilation
Cooling, heating and hot water
A renewable energy solution
Controllable air conditioning for different spaces
Wall, floor or ceiling-mounted units

Most modern air conditioners are fitted with special filters to help reduce the levels of bacteria, helping to purify the indoor air and improve the health of workers.  All modern systems are also highly efficient and have minimum impact on the environment, so be in no doubt that you will improve efficiency and save on your energy bills if you upgrade or install a new system. The most important factor is to ensure that the new system serves its purpose and enhances the indoor environment.

Choosing the best air conditioning solution for your office

The ideal solution for a small office is to install a wall-mounted split system. These are ideal for small businesses as they are easy to install and are designed for smaller spaces.  There are many different brands who offer similar wall-mounted split systems – your choice will depend on your budget and what will work best for you. Here are a few recommendations for office air conditioning.

Small Offices

Daikin

The Daikin Ururu Sarara brings a new level of sophisticated control to air conditioning. It has five air treatment techniques which together provide a total comfort solution. In addition, the Ururu Sarara range has SEER and SCOP A+++ ratings thanks to its energy efficient compressor and heat exchanger.

Key Features:

Heating and cooling in one unit
Year-round comfort with the highest energy label available
In winter, the Ururu function replenishes the moisture in the air to maintain a comfortable feel without unnecessary heating
In summer, the Sarara function removes excess moisture while maintaining an even temperature thus eliminating the need for extra cooling
Ventilation for fresh air even with closed windows
Air purification and automatic filter cleaning, for non-stop purified and allergy-free air
Reverse cycle, cooling and heating small rooms, maintain room ambience and in energy efficiency.
 

Mitsubishi Electric

The MSZ–AP range is a wall mounted system that blends energy efficiency with a modern white design. Boasting outstanding benefits, this mid-range unit includes state-of-the-art Wi-Fi control as standard and utilises lower GWP R32 refrigerant.

Key Features:

Compact and stylish
Quiet operation with industry leading low noise levels
Highly energy efficient operation, utilising lower GWP R32 refrigerant
Built in Wi-Fi interface enabling control and monitoring
Double vanes to distribute airflow evenly throughout the room
Weekly timer provides greater control of scheduling
Allows upgrade of systems utilising existing piping 

LG

The LG Deluxe wall mounted unit offers a range benefits including a plasmaster filter to protect from odours and harmful substances. It sterilises and deodorises, reducing harmful microscopic particles. The series also uses the environmentally friendly R32 refrigerant, which significantly reduces the adverse impact on the environment 

Key Features:
 

Embedded Wi-Fi
Active energy control and display 
Auto cleaning 
Jet Cool
4 Way swing 
Fast Heating 
Silence mode 
Quick & Easy Installation 

Medium and Large Offices

For medium to large installations, multi-split systems offer complete design flexibility, allowing you to mix and match indoor units and deliver heating, cooling and ventilation to multiple zones.  You also have a choice of indoor units; ceiling, floor or wall-mounted, and systems can be combined with building management systems or you can manage systems via a smart online controller which allows you to monitor energy use 24 hours a day.

Here are a few popular air conditioning solutions for medium to large offices.

Daikin

Daikin offers a wide range of system types and indoor unit designs. A popular office solution is the Round Flow cassette offers total comfort and energy efficiency and is the most compact unit available on the market. Their split systems offer complete design flexibility so suits office environments, particularly those with a more contemporary design. Its wide louvres which 360° airflow, improving room coverage. It offers individual controls via wired remote control and allows customisation to suit specific room configurations.

Key Features

360° air discharge for optimum efficiency and comfort
Intelligent sensors save energy and maximize comfort
Lowest installation height in the market
Widest choice ever in decoration panel designs and colours
Auto cleaning function ensures high efficiency
Combines with R-32 Bluevolution technology to lower environmental impact

Panasonic

Like most larger air conditioning manufacturers, Panasonic offers a range of commercial solutions. For office spaces, the Commercial PACi Twin, Triple and Double-Twin Systems are ideal for installation in larger areas and provide a variety of possible combinations. A single outdoor unit serving various indoor units allows for a mixture of system types; Cassette, Duct, Wall, Ceiling.

The Large capacity PACi is trusted for its power and high efficiency. Its high-performance turbo fan, is efficient and silent, and the U2 Panasonic 4-way 90x90 cassette offers high energy saving, fresh air and comfort.


Key Features

High performance turbo fan, path system for heat exchanger
Lower noise in slow fan operation
Light weight, easy piping
Easy installation structure of the panel
Floor temperature and humidity sensor option
Activity detection and new circulator
Nanoe™ X: The first air purifier technology in commercial air conditioning


Corporate Office Spaces

For those who have a larger corporate style office environment, we recommend investing in a ducted air conditioning solution as they are designed to heat and cool large numbers of office spaces, all individually controlled.

All of the major manufacturers offer ducted air conditioning solutions including Daikin, Panasonic, Mitsubishi Electric, LG and more.  All of these solutions are designed to deliver optimum climate control that is energy efficient, low emissions and low running costs, and most offer smart control technology that allows you to keep a close watch on efficiency and costs. 

Warranty and peace of mind

All of our office air conditioning solutions come with warranties up to 5 or 7 years. We can design your solution to suit your interior design, your budget and of course, your specific heating, cooling and ventilation needs.

Loop can provide you with a free consultation and quotation and we will both supply and install your system, and provide you with ongoing service and support for total peace of mind.