Installing air conditioning should be a consideration on your list of things to do when you move into a new apartment.
With the summer temperatures continuing to climb, air conditioning has never been so welcome.
Building regulations are also stricter than ever before, so it is likely that your new apartment is very well insulated, which is great in the winter, but not so much when the heatwave arrives.
Insulation may be so efficient that you don’t even need to switch your heating on in the winter due to heat being transferred from neighbouring apartments.
In an apartment, you are likely to be well insulated by walls and the floor and ceiling, which means it can be like a greenhouse when the sun comes out – absolutely boiling.
Cool You’s managing director, Savva, explains why installing air con should be at the top of your list when moving into a new apartment:
Reasons aircon should be on your list of things to do when you move into a new apartment
Living in an apartment is very different from living in a house in regards to air circulation.
In a house, you are able to open the front and back windows, and even the front and back door. This will help circulate the air around the home and create a nice cross breeze.
However, it is important to realise that when you are in an apartment, although you may have windows, they might not even open, and you will likely only have one door.
Opening the front door in an apartment is not a solution as it usually leads, simply, to a corridor, containing stale warm air and a number of well-insulated fire doors.
Windows in apartments are often also very large, offering great views. However, they don’t open very far.
Even if it’s possible to open a window, they rarely provide a lot of airflow, and in a city environment, they also introduce poor outside air quality and noise.
Dissipating the heat that is produced inside a new build apartment can be very difficult because of the lack of through breeze.
Apartments rarely have windows or other opening points at the front and back, meaning it can be near-impossible to achieve cross-ventilation.
You may get a little bit of fresh air by opening the windows, but not enough to dissipate the heat.
What if I live in an apartment that allows for cross-ventilation?
If you are lucky enough to live in an apartment where you are able to open front and back windows or other doors, there are some downsides to this.
For example, it is likely that you live in an area that is surrounded by busy roads, particularly in London.
If your apartment is surrounded by busy roads, you’ve probably already realised that lots of cars and trains mean lots of noise.
This isn’t great when you just want to watch television or relax in peace. It has probably led to you closing your windows to avoid the noise at times.
In addition to the noise created by heavy flows of traffic, you should consider the amount of pollution caused.
If you have your window open, your apartment will become filled with fumes that come with living in a busy city.
You may also live near a railway line or station, and this comes with a whole new set of issues.
Opening a window may feel like you are actually living in a train station, with the constant noise of announcements, engineering works and trains themselves.
This is before you consider the fact that trains also produce a lot of toxic fumes that you don’t want in your apartment.
Open windows also present a security risk.
If you live on the ground or first floor in your apartment block, leaving a window open will expose you and your flat to thieves and other security risks, especially if you want to leave it open at night for a bit of a cool breeze.
Keeping the windows closed during the day means you’ll come home to a stuffy and overheated flat.
If you have pets, living in an apartment can be difficult. You probably don’t want your cat or dog being able to climb out of an open window, so your choice is often to roast inside your apartment.
Having pets in an apartment can be much more bearable with an internal air conditioning system, meaning you can close all of your windows and doors and still feel cool and comfortable.
You’re also probably aware that leaving dogs in hot cars isn’t the best of ideas, so a stuffy apartment in the summer with no ventilation isn’t either.
Children can be very unpredictable, no matter their age. If you’re living in an apartment with children then open windows can be a terrifying thought.
Nobody, especially a child, wants to be boiling in their apartment during the summer.
Why contacting Cool You should be one of the things to do when you move into a new apartment
Cool You offer market-leading internal air conditioning solutions to those that want to feel cool and comfortable in their London apartments.
Our systems are fully internal, meaning there is no need for drilling holes through outer walls or installing anything on the roof.
They are ideal for London apartments as they won’t affect any neighbours, nor will they need planning permission.
The entire system, including our small, compact condensers, will be housed in your apartment, so you won’t have to worry about living in a shared building. The systems are also energy-efficient and use the latest technology.
Our team are fully trained in what they do with vast experience in the field.
We only specialise in internal air conditioning, meaning we are experts in what we do.
Unlike other companies that offer air conditioning solutions, providing internal solutions to those living in London apartments is our only focus.
You don’t need to worry about anything in regards to installation – we have it covered.
Our team typically take just one day, and our solutions can be retrofitted, meaning there will be no damage to your beautifully finished apartments.