Air conditioning inspections have been introduced by the government as a part of the implementation of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive in England and Wales to provide information to the building owners and operators about the energy performance of their air conditioning systems. An aircon inspection carried out by an accredited energy assessor helps to achieve the following goals
- Increased efficiency
- Lowered energy consumption
- Reduced operating costs
- Reduced carbon emissions
A successful inspection can study the operation of the existing system and highlight the improvement areas. Incentives are given to replace the less efficient older or oversized systems with more energy efficient units.
It is the statutory obligation of the building owner or manager to exercise care in operations and maintenance of the air conditioning systems along with the inspections help in providing a healthy and comfortable indoor environment for the occupants of the building.
Routine inspections have become mandatory and should not be more than 5 years apart. An air conditioning system with an effective rated output of more than 12 kW has to be inspected by an energy assessor on a regular basis.
An inspection will cover all the refrigeration and moving air equipment which form a part of their air conditioning systems and control. An examination of the documents to understand how well the system has been maintained is also done. An assessor will determine whether the size of the existing system is apt for cooling loads in the treated spaces. Based on the assessment, advice may be provided on how to improve the performance of the system. However, an energy assessor is not responsible for fixing any problem identified as a part of the inspection.