Space Airconditioning, the Guildford based Daikin distributor is celebrating its 35th anniversary.
Founder and managing director Neil Afram said: “Daikin is of course renowned for its innovative, high efficiency VRV heat pump and heat recovery systems and the latest generation VRV IV systems offer world class efficiencies and other benefits. Perhaps less well known is the fact that Daikin manufactures probably the largest and most efficient range of air and water-cooled chillers in the market and an equally impressive range of high quality air handling units. Not forgetting the huge Daikin split and Sky Air systems that have been our “bread and butter” business for decades!”
“Sadly, due to the recession, our industry suffered several years of reduced business investment, not only in new construction projects but also in upgrading/replacing mechanical services, but at Space Air we are confident that this is now changing.”
Neil observed. “The R22 phase-out programme had a tangible impact on those businesses still operating air conditioning equipment using HCFC (ozone depleting) refrigerants and much has been replaced in recent years, but equally, many such systems remained in operation simply because financial constraints delayed investment in upgrades. Now that R22 can no longer be used for service and maintenance purposes and we seem to be emerging from recession, we are seeing more enquiries for the urgent replacement of old R22 based equipment – better late than never!”
Commenting further Mr Afram said. “There are positive signs that air conditioning equipment replacement/upgrade programmes are being put in place throughout the UK. These investment decisions may be further encouraged by a tightening of laws and policing relating to the mandatory inspection of air conditioning systems with a rated cooling capacity greater than 12kW. Whilst the inspections themselves do not compel building operators to make improvements, evidence is required that the inspections have been carried out as the law prescribes and this will flag up any important energy efficiency issues, particularly with older equipment, this in turn will (a) encourage investment in more energy efficient technologies (b) make such investments a necessity if the building is to be sold on or sub-let (c) highlight the increasing risks and costs associated with maintaining older and comparatively less efficient equipment.”
Neil Afram concluded. “Historically, recessions are followed by a boom period, we are not quite there yet, but I do believe we are very well equipped to exploit every possible opportunity and look forward to working closely with our customers to make our 35th anniversary a great start to exciting period of recovery.”