We are considering putting air conditioning into our practice. Can anyone recommend a company or let me know of any difficulties encountered when having it put in.
We used a company called JGAC we found them to be friendly and professional company to work with and very good on price, they were quick and very clean when our units were being fitted, we now use them for servicing on all our practices. there contact details are JGAC – Jay Gascoyne 07976980824
I can recommend Blandford's for your air- conditioning units we had them installed 3 years ago and the equipment and service they have
provided has been wonderful-no problems and little disturbance from them when installing the units and they have never really given us any bother, we have a service contract with them yearly and they service them twice a year. I would highly recommend them.
We used a company called Equazion, they were very professional, the product is fab, and I would thoroughly recommend them contact Ken at the following address for more info. Has made a very positive difference to our surgery and waiting area! firstname.lastname@example.org,
We installed it years ago. Look at at least 3 quotes. They vary so much. Also what varies is the operating system (look out for legionellia) cheap is not always best. We installed the system over 2 floors and in 6 rooms and it cost about £5500 (wouldn't be without it). Look out for the continuous contracting service costs and what is their call out response time. Is the company registered with an affiliated body (if they go bankrupt will your guarantee still be covered).
The company we used did go bankrupt and we have been covered with another company that took up the mantle!
We have air conditioning installed at both our practices.
The first practice was many years ago and once the units were fitted we later found out that we needed planning permission which was granted but we had to move the units after installation.
If the units are to be used for heat and or cooling purposes ensure the staff (and dentists!) know that they need to let the unit reach the desired temperature by giving it time, not putting the heat up to 28 degrees then back down again when it is too warm! We have a min / max temperature which can be used, without this people do not use the units as they are designed and consequently run up large electric bills and ensure the units are not left running when the practice is closed!
We had air con put in about 2 years ago. It has been a life saver, even if it was only for a fleeting moment of summer!
No problems encountered, but do have them serviced every year.
I would recommend shopping around for quotes and asking for references. We chose a family run business, as they are local and they are always around to help with any advice, if required.
The one point you may wish to take in to consideration is the way the air flows due to cross infection control.
Our units are over the doors facing into the surgery and we were told this was not the best option.
Check with your PCT cross infection control nurse if you are an NHS practice, if you are a private practice maybe consult the HTM 01-05 document to see if that has any information or the BDA.
We have used a company called Airtech for 16 years with no problem but it is alway advisable to use a company close by to you for ease of access. A company that comes highly recommended for personal touch in your are is Ian Hanson 07813 095367 he maintains my home aircon and if you mention my name he might give you some discount.