Air Con Inspections
Air Con Inspections – All you need to know…
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Do I need an Air Con Inspection Report? Why are they required? What do they contain? Find out more below….
Air Con Inspections: Q&A’s
We can’t all be Air Conditioning experts so here are a few Q&A’s to get you up to speed….
Why are air conditioning inspections required?
Having an air con system inspected by an accredited air conditioning energy assessor is designed to:
- Improve efficiency
- Reduce energy consumption
- Reduce operating costs
- Lower the carbon emissions of the system.
The energy assessor will highlight improvements to the operation of existing systems. Or opportunities to replace older, less energy efficient systems or oversized systems with new energy efficient systems.
When are air con inspections required?
All air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kw must be regularly inspected by an energy assessor.
The inspections must be no more than five years apart.
The regulations require the first inspection of the affected air conditioning systems to be carried out as follows:
- for all systems first put into service on or after 1 January 2008, the first inspection must have taken place within five years of the date when the system was first put into service
- for other air conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 250kW the first inspection must have taken place by 4 January 2009
- for other air conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 12kW the first inspection must have taken place by 4 January 2011
Systems requiring an air conditioning inspection?
Only air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kW are affected by these regulations.
This will include systems consisting of individual units which are less than 12kW but whose combined effective rated output is more than 12kW.
What does an air conditioning inspection cover?
The air con inspection will examine the refrigeration and air moving equipment that are part of air conditioning systems and their controls.
It will also examine any documentation that helps to understand the system, or indicates the extent to which the system has been maintained.
The energy assessor is also required to estimate whether the system is suitably sized for the cooling loads in the treated spaces. They also provide advice on ways in which the performance of the system might be improved.
Air con report - what can I expect in the report?
The purpose of the air con inspection report is to ensure that the building owner or manager is provided with information regarding the efficiency of the air conditioning systems.
Along with advice on how to improve the energy efficiency of the system, to identify opportunities to save energy and to reduce operating costs.
The air conditioning inspection report will include at least the following details:
- the likely efficiency of the system and any suggestions made for improvement.
- any faults identified during the inspection and suggested actions.
- the adequacy of equipment maintenance and any suggestions for improvement.
- the adequacy of the installed controls and control settings and any suggestions made for improvement.
- the current size of the installed system in relation to the cooling load any suggestions for improvement.
- summary of the findings and the key recommendations.
What a report must contain?
The air con inspection report must include an assessment of the efficiency of the system and its size compared to the cooling requirements of the building.
It must also contain appropriate advice on possible improvements to the system. The inspection report must include, but is not limited to, the following information:
- the address of the building in which the system is located.
- the name of the accredited air conditioning energy assessor.
- the name and address of the energy assessor’s employer, or the name under which a self employed assessor trades and his address.
- the date on which the inspection occurred.
- the name of the government approved air conditioning accreditation scheme of which the accredited air conditioning energy assessor is a member.
- All inspection reports produced on or after the 6 April 2012 must contain a valid report reference number.
- This number can only be generated once the report has been lodged on the central register.
Responsibilities for conducting air conditioning inspections
An energy inspection of an air conditioning system must be carried out by an accredited air conditioning energy assessor who is a current member of an accreditation scheme.
The energy assessor must make a copy of the inspection report available to the client, or to the person who controls the operation of the system, as soon as practicable after the inspection date but only after the report is entered on the central register.
Only inspection reports which have been produced and lodged by accredited air conditioning energy assessors are valid reports.
Air conditioning energy assessor accreditation
Accreditation schemes are responsible for managing air conditioning energy assessors and for the quality of air conditioning inspections by ensuring their energy assessors are competent and possess the appropriate skills to conduct energy assessments.
To become a member of an accreditation scheme, the energy assessor will need to:
• Demonstrate their competence, either by having a recognised qualification from an awarding body or approved prior experience and learning equivalent to the national occupational standard requirements.
• Maintain appropriate professional indemnity cover.
• Update their skills and knowledge regularly.
• Participate in the accreditation schemes quality assurance procedures.
• abide by accreditation scheme advice and guidance.