EU air con check deadline looms

If you need to have your air conditioning checked, do it now!

New EU rules mean that official checks on systems in businesses need to be completed by the beginning of next month.

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Failure to do so will result in a fine.

Air conditioning systems with a 12kW rated output have to be checked

every five years by accredited assessors.

The first deadline for checks is January 4 - and firms will get a 300 fine if they don't hit it, with the same fine imposed for every further year of non-compliance.

The new checks are part of the European Commission's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and aim to track down inefficient units so firms can reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint.

Paul Carey, director at Batley-based Beacons Business Interiors which is accredited to assess air-conditioning units, said businesses could out of pocket if they do not comply.

He said: "All businesses should be made aware of the impending deadline, which will affect companies across the spectrum, not just large corporations.

"Buildings with a rated output of 12kW could be as small as an office of just 10 people."

He added: "Older, oversized and poorly maintained air conditioning systems can be costly to run and use up much more energy that necessary.

"By abiding with this legislative change, businesses will be able to correct these inefficiencies, allowing them to benefit from the obvious financial savings as well as reducing their own carbon footprints.

"It's a win-win situation."

The law change will help the UK to reach its Kyoto Protocol target of a 12.5 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.

Beacons Business Interiors is a multi-disciplined company offering a range of facilities support services including account management, interior design and space planning, mechanical and electrical design, project management, internal construction, office furniture, corporate

signage and consultancy services.

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