Martin Passingham, Product Manager for DX at Daikin UK, discusses how modern trends in the retail and light commercial sectors demand a discreet, compact, cost-effective and high-performance air conditioning solution.
Balancing the requirements of customer or staff comfort against the aesthetic and logistical realities of installing an air conditioning unit can be a major dilemma for many businesses. This is especially true in urban areas where outdoor space is restricted.
The condenser element of air conditioning systems can be relatively bulky and thus is most commonly installed on a roof, basement or in a side alley. However, this may not be feasible in densely populated areas where buildings routinely serve a mixture of commercial, residential, leisure and social purposes. Consequently, roof space may be occupied by penthouse apartments, basement space utilised by car parking and strict planning permissions may prohibit installing a system in a side alley.