Wall Mounted Air Conditioner installed in a shop

All About Air Conditioners for Shops

It is proven that a comfortable environment will keep customers on your premises for longer, in fact, on a hot summers day customers are known to walk straight out a shop if it’s too hot. Air Conditioners are also very effective heaters and keep your shop warm in cold winters. The simple addition of air conditioning units can quickly help increase your sales.

When selecting an air conditioner for a store, there are many factors to take into consideration. Room shape and unit placement can make a big difference in the experience of both the customers and staff. We wouldn’t recommend placing an aircon unit above the checkout; this avoids staff having a constant cold draft on them. However, many shop air conditioners are often placed by the entrance in order for the entering customers to get an instant blast of comfort (whether hot or cold air) and additional units throughout for larger stores.

We provide a free site survey no matter how big or small the job. All surveys are carried out by our highly-experienced air conditioning surveyors who can tackle even the complicated of shop installations.

Ideal Systems for Shops: Wall-Mounted Air Conditioners

Wall-mounted air conditioners are usually the most cost-effective option to install in a shop mainly because they are easy to retrofit without the need for redecoration. Wall-mounted units are long, thin, and placed at a high level on the wall.

When choosing a wall-mounted unit, it is important that they are placed in the optimum position in the room that will provide maximum air flow. If your room has a high heat load, then it is often preferable to install multiple, less powerful units than fewer powerful ones (AC units that will cause unbalanced cooling). There are also some premium models that look very aesthetically pleasing.

Ceiling-Mounted 'Cassette' Units for Shops

Ceiling-mounted ‘cassette’ units are another good option for shops. Although they are slightly more expensive than wall units, ceiling ‘cassettes’ are almost entirely hidden within a suspended ceiling and are therefore more discreet and aesthetically pleasing; all that is visible is an almost-flush facia panel.

A significant advantage of ceiling cassette AC units is that they do not take up valuable wall space which is often better suited to selling than being ‘home’ to an air conditioning unit. They also provide a balanced four-way airflow and are best placed in the centre of the shop which helps eradicate any ‘hot spots’ keeping all your customers happy!

Under-Ceiling Units for Shops

Under-ceiling air conditioners are best suited to large shops as they provide powerful air flow up to 10m from the unit. Unlike ceiling ‘cassette’ units, which are placed within a ‘false ceiling’, they are simply mounted straight on the ceiling itself (usually near a wall).

While they are not as aesthetically pleasing as other options, they are the most powerful option in terms of air flow. The power of these units allows us to recommend fewer units than we would have recommended with another style of unit. This often helps reduce installation costs and frees up valuable wall space too.

Ducted Units for Shops

Ducted air conditioning systems are ideal for high-end shops when appearance is of the utmost importance. Ducted air conditioners are generally the most expensive option; however, they are certainly the most aesthetic solution as the duct-work and internal units are hidden entirely within a suspended ceiling with only small grilles remaining visible.

Installing a ducted system is best undertaken as part of a building project, or they can be retrofitted if a suspended ceiling is already in place.

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