can I install air conditioning in my listed building

Can I install air conditioning in my listed building?

It’s safe to say that London has an abundance of stunning, historic buildings. With so many architectural wonders, it’s hardly a surprise that London and surrounding counties are rich in Grade II listed properties. If you are lucky enough to live in a listed building, you might suspect that it won’t be possible to install an air conditioning system in your home. With summer temperatures hitting lofty new heights in recent years, there has been an increase in homeowners looking to install air conditioning in their properties. So, the question remains, can I install air conditioning in my listed building? In short, yes you can. Air conditioning innovation has produced the perfect solution for owners of restricted buildings.

The Problem

When a property becomes listed, it takes on a set of regulations in terms of what can and can’t be done to the property. This is particularly when it comes to external modernisations. These regulations are in place to protect the historical significance of the building. This means that they often prohibit the use of traditional external condensing units. To undertake work in a listed property, you usually need to apply for planning permission. Consequently, modernising this type of property can be something of a challenge. Temperature control can be a key issue as listed buildings are typically very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter.

The Solution

Fortunately, there is a way to get around this issue. Water-cooled air conditioning offers the ideal solution for owners of Grade II listed buildings. This type of air conditioning unit does not require an external condenser and allows you to install the entire system internally. As a result, you would not need to apply for planning permission. In addition, you do not need to worry about the system affecting your internal décor as the installation engineers will hide the internal condenser in a concealed space. This is usually in places such as cupboards or underneath sinks and counters.

Benefits of Water-Cooled Air Conditioning

  • Low power consumption due to new inverter technology compressors
  • Reverse heat pump technology allows for a heating facility as an added benefit
  • No external unit required
  • Condenser unit concealed within your property
  • Energy efficient air-conditioning technology
  • Low noise and Wi-Fi control

At ACS, we are the pioneers of water-cooled air conditioning. We are the leading specialists of air conditioning installations and maintenance for apartments and listed buildings in London and Home Counties. Get in touch today for a free site survey.

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