We were approached by a leading HVAC contractor seeking a temporary humidifier hire arrangement to assist with the testing of a newly installed air conditioning system. The contractor was looking to conduct a series of assessments under various parameters to ascertain how the client’s building – a large packaging warehouse – would be affected by cooling equipment, and vice versa.
The build-up of static electricity within a TV or radio broadcasting studio is both undesirable and avoidable, with a range of implications for both people and equipment inside. Humidification is a very simple and effective way of eliminating the presence of static electricity, as moisture in the air increases conductivity which allows it to absorb and evenly distribute any excess charges.
If an organisation’s climate control system begins to operate less efficiently or even breaks down altogether, it is often the role of a facilities manager to commission repairs and source a temporary replacement. So, when a specialised arts university suffered a complete failure of their humidification system, a quick solution was needed to safeguard the contents of a gallery that was exhibiting work from world-renowned figures.
When the estates team for a well-known Nottingham hospital contacted us in search of some temporary humidifier units, our regional engineer was on hand to provide a suitable hire arrangement. The team leader responsible for two wards at the hospital had become concerned by the low level of relative humidity within patient areas, which needed to be addressed immediately.
A facilities management company recently contacted us on behalf of their client after complaints from staff about uncomfortable office conditions. Low relative humidity had led to some employees suffering dry eyes, throats and cracked skin, while there were also separate reports of static electricity affecting computer hardware within the building.
With precious artefacts on public display all year round, it is critical that museums continuously monitor the environment surrounding their exhibits. A controlled indoor climate will ensure the preservation of treasured historical and cultural pieces and this includes maintaining relative humidity within a very specific range.
Companies operating in the printing industry are dependent upon a well-balanced and humid environment to guarantee consistently high-level products, reduced wastage and longer life cycles. But it’s not just the final print quality that can be affected by moisture content in the air. Printing presses and other machinery operate more efficiently, with paper jams and other malfunctions occurring far less frequently as a direct result of relative humidity being properly controlled.
For our latest campaign, Andrews Sykes partnered with DTN – a global provider of independent weather insights – to uncover the days of the year where the UK is most likely to experience the best – and worst – weather.
This was calculated by collecting weather data from the last 30 years of weather data from local weather stations.
12 major cities in the UK were selected for the study, and a piece of consumer research, using OnePoll.com, was conducted to uncover further data about the types of weather Brits prefer best, which would inform how the 30 years of data from DTN was analysed.
One particularly breezy London taxi could be the answer commuters have been looking for during the forthcoming hot spell that is expected to strike the capital.
The ‘Cool Cab’ is a freezer on wheels – a refrigerated Hackney Carriage – and has been in operation throughout the recent heatwave to help sweltering commuters escape high temperatures.
Features include an interior cooled by dry ice, a freezer stocked with ice lollies and a state-of-the-art air conditioning system.
The latest heatwave has seen temperatures in London rise above 25◦C, with predictions of 30◦C over the coming days.
A spokesperson for Andrews Air Conditioning, who commissioned the creation of the ‘Cool Cab’, said: “This week has been a scorcher in the UK, and Brits are feeling the heat.
“For commuters there is nothing worse on a hot day that getting into a stuffy taxi, so we wanted to help combat this experience with our own ‘Cool Cab’.
“London commuters are all too familiar with the experience of the Underground in the summer, with the skyrocketing heat and packed carriages.
“The ‘Cool Cab’ is the cure for this.”
Passengers across the capital waved down the taxi from afar, only to be greeted with the unique refrigerated vehicle.
Chilled passenger Steve O’Dare, from Lincolnshire, said: “This is easily the coolest ride I’ve ever had.
“It’s such good fun, and when you get in it’s a different world, and I think it’s a great concept.
“I think, give it another couple of weeks, and we’ll be having an amazing summer. The heat will be rolling in.
Elizabeth Ann Iliffe, who was visiting from the South East, said: “It’s amazing. It feels just like a scene from Frozen.
With British hotels facing more competition than ever before, there is very much an onus on going the extra mile to keep customers happy. Many hotels in this country have not been designed with permanent air conditioning systems in mind so when summer strikes, proprietors endure a constant battle to keep visitors cool.
This was the situation one of our clients found themselves in after high temperatures left guest rooms and dining areas uncomfortably warm. The well-known hotel, based in London, sought a number of air conditioning units to ensure tourists and businesspeople were kept cool during their stay.