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AIR CONDITIONING & VENTILATION 33 NO FANS OF SMOG


With air pollution levels dangerously high in many urban areas, there is a reluctance among urban apartment dwellers to simply open the windows when it gets hot. Air conditioning specialist Cool You UK explains what the latest systems can do to help.


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partment owners often don’t want to let the outside smog into their homes, and with many concerned about outside noise pollution too, air conditioning is increasingly becoming a feature that’s called for in modern apart- ment building developments in the UK. As a housebuilder or developer, this presents you with an interesting dilemma – how do you give potential buyers the air conditioning they want when space is limited? This can often be


an issue, as air conditioning new homes doesn’t tend to lend itself well to many apartment developments, at least not in its conventional form.


Installing the vast majority of air conditioning systems into apartment buildings can be quite challenging. For all the conveniences they offer their occupants, apartments provide few options for effective cooling. Depending on the nature of the lease agreement or the contracts between the occupier and


the building management company, it cannot be said for certain that holes can be made in the walls of the apartment building. This often rules out installing an outside condenser, which is a crucial part of a conventional air conditioning installation.


The most common issue when it comes to installing air conditioning into an apart- ment development is simply a lack of room. Due to the nature of apartments, space is often at a premium. Apartments of course come in many different shapes and sizes, with differing installation challenges, while outside condenser units are often very standard. In many apart- ment developments there is not enough room to mount an outdoor unit on an external wall.


WHAT COULD YOU SACRIFICE? If there is sufficient room for a condenser, there is then the question of what must be sacrificed for the condenser to be installed. Would air conditioning and the outside condenser which comes with it be considered more attractive than floor to ceiling windows, offering views of the city around the development? Or could much-desired outside balcony space be


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