Multi split air conditioning equipment has been used provide the primary heating source as well as comfort cooling in the refurbishment of a Victorian detached home in the Home Counties.
The project is a joint venture between air conditioning manufacturer LG, M3R Climate, an air conditioning specialist from Milton Keynes, and air conditioning contractors KV Cooling, from Stanmore.
And Ryan Kontoh from M3R Climate says the heating requirement of the project reflects a growing trend.
As a result of a range of refurbishment activities, the home stands out from surrounding houses on the road close to the M25, with the owner keen to incorporate a wide range of renewable and energy saving elements.
The property features triple glazed window units, air conditioning with a traditional condensing boiler ‘back up’ heating system, underfloor heating downstairs, high levels of insulation and solar panels on the south facing roof.
The homeowner says the LG Artcool gallery units heat and cool brilliantly and use less energy than a boiler, providing rapid response from the remote controls that come with the units. Two multi split condensers [model ref: MU4M25.U43 and MU3M19.UE3] are wall mounted outside the property each connected to two Artcool gallery units indoors – two in the lounge and two upstairs – one each in the master bedroom and in the children’s bedroom. The upstairs Artcool units can deliver a cooling capacity of 2.64 kW and a heating capacity of 2.93kW, while the downstairs units can deliver 3.52kW of cooling and 3.87kW of heating.
“We’re being asked to supply significantly more of these units to provide primary heating and summer time comfort cooling in domestic applications,” says Ryan Kontoh from M3R Climate. “We work closely with LG and recognise the warmth that customers have to a brand that is so well known, albeit for TVs and mobile phones. There is an expectation that the equipment will be top of the range and it is. They are genuinely impressed with their purchase and decision.”
“It’s certainly something we are seeing across the country,” says Andrew Slater, LG’s Technical and Research Senior Manager. “There is a growing awareness of the flexibility of our equipment and a willingness to see what we sell as air conditioning as a heating system that has the capability to provide comfort cooling in the summer months. It’s just a case of interpretation.”
KV Cooling’s Managing Director Kish Vaghela and Senior Engineer Yovan Popov were both impressed by the ease of installation and performance of the LG equipment. “We haven’t installed a lot of LG equipment before but have to admit it was pretty impressive,” said Kish. “The performance statistics are good and the feedback from the customer is very encouraging – we like to have happy customers and that’s what this system has given us in this case.”