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W.Regardless of the environment you live, work or play in, Coolair Equipment engineers will help you.
The company designs, installs and services advanced cooling and heat pump systems and is the UK’s largest air conditioning installer. The company is busy with new buildings, refurbishment projects and maintenance work all year round.
The company has built long-term working relationships with the world’s leading manufacturers, including Mitsubishi Electric, Daikin and Toshiba
Coolair Equipment is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020 at its headquarters in Dukinfield, Cheshire, and at the satellite offices in Cannock, Staffordshire and Maidstone, Kent.
Employees will toast to four decades of working with retailers, hotels, schools and commercial developers, helping people shop, study and work in comfortable conditions – whatever the weather.
The company has delivered prestigious projects for Wembley Stadium and Manchester United, and its Cannock office recently installed state-of-the-art, precise air conditioning in HSBC UK’s new 210,000 square foot headquarters in Birmingham.
“This is a competitive market and while we are a large company, we are around 65 percent working with small and medium-sized businesses on contracts less than £ 10,000,” said Helen Sharratt, Finance Director, who has been with the company for 23 years.
The company has built long-term working relationships with the world’s leading manufacturers, including Mitsubishi Electric, Daikin and Toshiba. It was one of the first companies to gain access to the new Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Quality Partner Scheme, its Certificate of Excellence.
All manufacturers value the technical know-how, heritage, culture and commitment of Coolair Equipment to innovation and installation.
The company was the first to install a VRV (Variable Refrigerant Volume) system in the UK. A VRV system is more energy efficient than traditional AC systems as the system adapts to the room environment while heating and cooling at the same time, with heat recovery being beneficial.
In fact, Coolair Equipment is actively promoting the use of renewable energy technologies, including the widespread use of air and water heat pumps.
Manufacturers want to make AC systems more carbon efficient and use more environmentally friendly gases. The latest is the one-component refrigerant R32, which is easier to recycle, less toxic and safer.
In January of this year, the company expanded its maintenance and repair work
“R32 is the gas of the future and we explain to our customers how manufacturers are introducing it into their new products,” says Sharratt.
Coolair Equipment has always offered advice as part of its service. This includes ensuring that customers are informed about relevant government funding systems that can reduce installation costs.
It is also recommended that customers follow a scheduled maintenance program after installing the products. This avoids the costly system failures and increased operating costs that occur when products are neglected for many years.
In January of this year, the company expanded its maintenance and repair work.
The company set up a nationwide technical and administrative management team to meet the increased demand from developers, contractors and end users for heating and cooling systems across the UK.
The company has grown organically and now has sales of £ 25 million. Around 80 people are employed at the three locations, including administrators, designers and project engineers, as well as around 50 contractors.
The Coolair Equipment culture has always been about collaboration and support – regardless of the size of the project. When it comes to its employees, it remains determined to hire younger workers and train them to become skilled engineers or project managers.
The apprentices all develop into engineers and attend college to achieve the City & Guilds qualifications required to become professional refrigeration engineers. More than half of the employees have been with the company for at least 10 years.
“The industry has changed a lot in the last ten years. Customers want everything they need in one place, including project management and mechanical expertise. This means that we hire people with different skills and train others to do so than we may be used to, ”says Sharratt.
She adds that another of the company’s core values is honesty. This means being clear to existing and potential customers when they are bidding on which AC system to install in their buildings and which parts of their job would not work.
So what about the 40th anniversary celebrations next year?
According to Sharratt, the company’s annual conference will be bigger and better than ever and there will be events happening almost every month. The plan is to celebrate his success in style.
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