Last year’s hot summer was particularly unbearable for some London apartment dwellers, making it difficult to relax in the home or sleep comfortably.
All signs are pointing to hot summers becoming the norm in the UK, so take the time right now to check out the best air conditioning for apartments London has to offer.
This way you’ll get a head start for 2019 and will have the ability to cope easily when the temps starts to rise.
Best air conditioning for apartments, London
The experts at Cool You have put the following apartment air conditioning guide together to help you make your decision.
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Different air conditioning solutions for apartments include:
1. Portable air conditioning units
Portable air conditioning units can be an affordable purchase but do have a number of drawbacks.
For example, they can be quite expensive to run and also take up a lot of floor space in an apartment, which can be a problem if you have limited available space. What’s more, these portable units have large hoses that need to expel air to the outside.
This means that all the time your unit is operating you need to have an outside window open, which really does defeat the purpose of owning an air conditioning unit as you will have both heat and humidity entering the home through the open window.
Other drawbacks of portable units are that they’re actually quite heavy to move around and they only cool a limited amount of space. For example, if your apartment has a completely open plan living/dining/kitchen zone it’s unlikely that a portable unit would cool the entire area.
2. Through the wall air conditioning unit
A through the wall air conditioning unit is a type of portable unit that is fixed to an outside facing wall.
You need to drill three holes in exterior walls to fix these units. Two large holes need to be 162mm in diameter and a drain hose needs fitting to expel water droplets.
No matter whether you run your unit in heat or cool mode, all three outlets are operational, and the dripping drain hose will likely contravene your apartment tenancy or ownership agreements with the building owners.
Some other drawbacks of through the wall air conditioners are that they usually need to be fitted by professionals and, once in place, they cannot be moved.
The advantage of these units is that they really are ‘plug and go’ air conditioning solutions and can work well for smaller homes, not necessarily London apartments.
3. The conventional air conditioning unit
A conventional air conditioning unit sits on your apartment wall and blows out cool air. It features refrigeration pipework that runs around the interior wall and needs to be fitted to an outside box sited on your apartment balcony or garden.
This will be the cheapest available option; however, most London apartment dwellers do have regulations in place that prevent any penetrations to the outside walls of their property.
Ultimately, the building owner retains ownership of the exterior of your home, so you are also unlikely to have the ability to sit an external air conditioning unit on the balcony.
One of the major advantages of conventional air conditioning units is that they are very effective at cooling rooms quickly as they are more powerful and are fitted with better fans.
However, one unit won’t cool your entire home and you will need to check out the cooling coverage area before making any arrangement to purchase.
This tends to be one of the most affordable cooling solutions if your property ownership or tenancy agreement allows their fitment.
4. Fully internal residential air conditioning from Cool You
Chances are, if you’re living in a London apartment, you will know by now that the above air conditioning systems are not the best air conditioning solution for apartments in London.
That’s why we have developed a completely internal air conditioning solution that requires no penetrations to the outside.
The way the Cool You internal air conditioning works is very much like the way conventional units work.
The units can be located on the wall or in concealed cupboard units, so the wall mounted unit or vent is the only area on display.
Refrigerated pipes run from the wall unit to a concealed location where a very small internal condenser is housed.
This works in much the same way as balcony mounted external cooling condensers and can operate a number of air conditioning systems.
There are lots more benefits associated with fitting internal air conditioning units, and you can find out more here.
Our top quality internal air conditioning units don’t compromise on quality or performance and offer a complete cooling solution for London apartments.
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Legalities of drilling through to the exterior of apartment homes
Finally, your apartment is subject to a number of landlord and head landlord restrictions.
One of the principal regulations is that you cannot deface external walls or impact on your neighbour’s property in any way. This means you cannot drill through the walls or fit drainage pipes that are likely to cause water ingress to your own or a neighbour’s home.
Many existing regulations set by apartment block owners are due to fire safety requirements and to comply with Building Regulations.
Drilling holes in the exterior walls of your apartment could compromise the safety of all other people in surrounding homes, which is one of the reasons freehold block owners and landlords are so stringent in their requirements.
Our internal residential air conditioning solutions are ideal for London apartments and the compact condensers take up very little space in the apartment.
They are also a perfect solution for listed buildings, where fitting traditional air conditioning would be out of the question. We truly believe our internal solutions offer the best air conditioning for apartments London residents can opt for.
If you have any doubts, spend a little more time researching all the details noted above!
Take time to browse our website to find out more, or give us a call today and speak to one of our expert team of advisers.