Friday 1st August, 2014
When our engineers receive requests for advice about air conditioning, they are often asked about whether or not this is possible within glass extensions, conservatories or Loggias. The good news is that it is usually perfectly possible, but there are some unique factors that need to be taken into consideration. Ultraframe staff use their own expertise to make sure that air conditioning in glass-based buildings works as efficiently as possible, and in many situations it is possible to install regular climate control machinery in a particular manner.
If you take a look at conventional air conditioning equipment elsewhere, you may notice that many buildings choose to have a ‘split’ setup. The noisy machinery that pumps out warm air sits on the outside, while the quieter room-cooling unit remains inside the living/working area. When considering air conditioning for a glass extension, a split unit is a sensible choice due to the small area in question - keeping the noisier elements of the system indoors will probably drown out both the TV and the surrounding conversations! Glass surfaces are also often far less capable of absorbing and blocking out excess noise, and this means that any installation near glass should be as quiet as possible.
Having said all of this, it is also possible to install a ‘through the wall’ style of air conditioning unit that is capable of cooling a smaller area - this may ideal for a conservatory or extension. As the name suggests, this type of machinery is fitted within a wall, and it handles the entire air cooling and heat extraction process. These are great for surfaces with a limited amount of space, and once again the noise element is also kept to an absolute minimum.
In terms of the total power that is required, it is also worth remembering that the required BTU amount will increase in conservatories and extensions that receive a lot of direct sunlight. As a general rule within the UK, south-facing glassed areas will need up to an extra 18 BTU of air conditioning power to remain effective during summer daylight hours.