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6 Benefits of Air Conditioning in the Workplace

Building Contractors, Air Conditioning, Renovation, Refurbishment, Extensions, Conversions, Kitchens & Bathrooms

 

As the summer gets ever nearer, many are wondering if we will have much hot, dry weather this year. Heat can be pleasant if you’re in the garden relaxing, but not too much fun if you are in a warm, stuffy office. Once back at the office and trying to work, you may just appreciate the advantages of air conditioning. It’s well known that a stifling work environment is uncomfortable and not conducive to concentration. 6 benefits of professionally installed, high quality air conditioning include:-

1. Energy Efficiency

Air conditioning systems of all types are becoming increasingly energy efficient, with evolving technology. They can cool and heat a building extremely effectively, ensuring a constant and comfortable temperature. This is achieved while at the same time limiting energy use and reducing fuel costs and also the building’s carbon footprint.

 2. Comfort & Control

Changes in temperature whether exterior or interior are responded to immediately maintaining consistently comfortable surroundings. Some advanced systems can recover heat from areas that are warmer, and distribute it where needed.

 3. Humidity Reduction

The result of a humid atmosphere is general discomfort, as the body feels hot and sticky. Workers may feel sluggish and disinclined to get their tasks done. They can also become thirsty, with the consequence of frequent bathroom breaks.

4. Air Quality

Offices filled with staff are breeding grounds for coughs, colds and worse! Air conditioning systems purify the air using special filters. This reduces bacteria, dust, allergens and odours. Filtered air is essential where people suffer from respiratory conditions.

 5. Quiet Function

The latest hi tech systems are exceptionally quiet, meaning less disturbance for busy workers. This is the case even when the air conditioning is working flat out dealing with excessive heat.

 6. No Equipment Damage

Technology in a modern setting produces lots of heat as well as humidity, which needs to be removed. Heat etc can interfere with the smooth operation of office equipment, which is where air conditioning can help.

For advice on reliable supply and installation of high performance air conditioning systems call CSM Installations on 0208 5965163

 

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Drop Dead Gorgeous Windows

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Windows provide visual impact to your home, and the dressings you choose are the key to a fabulous look. Curtains and blinds are not merely a way to control how much light enters the home, they should be attractive and functional also. If you want spectacular windows, made to measure curtains and blinds are the way to go. You can stay within your budget while having curtains that you love, and which have been skilfully made just for you. The range of bespoke, made to measure curtains from Applewood Interiors will have you spoilt for choice. Applewood source their fabrics and materials from some of the most outstanding manufacturers around. Names like Decora, Prestige Textiles and Tropical Paradise, offer exquisite designs and patterns to take your rooms to a higher level.

Advantages of high quality made to measure curtains and blinds include:-

Completely Personalised Solution
Your choice of window dressings and soft furnishings reflect your personality and taste, and there are so many variations these days. Whether you desire bold, rich and sumptuous shades and eye catching patterns, or a cool, sleek and minimal feel, you are assured a perfect result.

Affordability
Mass produced ready made curtains and blinds will usually be cheaper than made to measure versions. Although with online companies such as Applewood Interiors, this is seldom the case. This is because their website is their shop front, meaning no overheads, and that saving is passed onto their customers. These curtains and blinds are carefully crafted, yet still cost on average 30% less than high street stores.

Perfect Fit
Professionally measured and fitted curtains and blinds are a world away from ‘off the shelf’ products. With Applewood, you can sit back while they visit your home and correctly take accurate measurements. This is particularly helpful where your windows are not the standard size or shape.

Applewood Interiors will come to your home in places like Billericay, Ingatestone and Wickford with a vast selection of samples from their range. You can browse at your leisure, and benefit from their expert advice and guidance.

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George Clarke’s Council House Petition

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George Clarke is a well known TV presenter and architect who is on a mission! He is appealing for as many people as possible to sign his petition, calling for the building of more council houses. George was raised on a council estate in the north east, and currently lives in a former council flat in West London. He points out that the Right to Buy scheme introduced in the 80’s saw millions of council houses being sold off. The problem here was that they were not replaced with the same gusto, leaving over one million people on council house waiting lists.

He states “I’m proud to have been raised on a thriving council estate in the 1970s. My neighbourhood was a fantastic place to grow up and everyone was proud of their council-owned homes. This country’s obsession with home ownership over the last 40 years has created real stigma around rented council housing – and it breaks my heart.” He feels that high quality, well designed and affordable homes should be built at a rate of 100,000 a year for the next 30 years. His petition is hoped to raise awareness of this issue and prompt the government to act as a matter of urgency.

The timing of the petition is relevant also, as this year marks the centenary of the ‘Addison Act’ of 1919. The act granted local councils the power to build new properties in their thousands, however the process has slowed down considerably over the years. This has left many younger people with little choice but to stay in the family home, or rent temporarily. It is extremely difficult for them to buy their own home and have a family even if they work hard.

George Clarke’s petition has received an excellent response from the nation, and has already been signed by over 220,000. If you would like to join George in this endeavour, and sign his petition click here.

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Expand your Space

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Many new builds are pretty compact these days without things like built in closets, and if your home has a lack of storage space it can be frustrating. A good way around this is to have an extension or conservatory added, or perhaps a garage/loft conversion will solve the problem. If these options are not possible for whatever reason, you can still create some extra space by using ingenuity.

Before you decide on your best course of action, try to have a bit of a clear out, most of us have items of clothing that we never wear, or wore once five years ago. Scaling down and getting rid of clutter can be a little nerve racking, but if you make your mind up not to keep anything damaged, badly fitting etc you could be on a winner. Once you have achieved this step you will know just how much storage space you need.

Storage that is built into items such as beds or headboards is ideal for keeping bedding and other items tucked away. An ottoman at the foot of the bed looks the part and comes in very handy for storage and seating. Airtight vacuum storage bags are a must for duvets and pillows, reducing their size considerably once the air is sucked out. Boxes may be kept under beds that don’t have storage drawers, and hidden using a valance sheet.

Mobile hanging racks for clothes can be used with covers to avoid dust settling, and over the door hangers for scarves and bags. You can affix cork boards to the wall with hooks or pins for hanging jewellery on. Look around antique and second hand shops for furniture that you can personalise with chalk paint or the like. You can also buy good quality bespoke storage systems from places like Ikea.

For items that are seasonal so not needed for half of the year like thick jumpers or Christmas decorations, consider renting a storage unit or container. These can be extremely affordable and serve to free up lots of space in your home. You won’t know yourself!

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The Need for Affordable Homes in the UK

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A recent article on the Guardian website stated that London is in danger of losing many nurses, teachers and emergency service workers, due to the lack of affordable housing. The loss of these key workers is likely to cost the capital billions annually according to joint research from the University of Westminster and housing charity Dolphin Living. The situation could also cause the segregation of the south east where finance and occupation are concerned.

As the population in London alone is set to expand to 9.8 million by the middle of the next decade, there is a risk that key workers will begin to move elsewhere without action. It is critical for places like hospitals and schools to retain their specialised staff, as they contribute much to the economy as well as to society. These important workers have extremely challenging roles which are usually not reflected in the salaries they receive. An example of this is seen in the case of nurses who assist in returning thousands of patients to health and back into the workplace each year. Civil servants and those powering London’s vast tourism industry are also seen as key workers who boost the local economy.

According to professor Peter Urwin from the University of Westminster, amongst the estimated one million key workers across Greater London, the migration has already started. Rather than commute, people are looking for work closer to home, and the resulting exodus could ultimately cost the local economy £9.6bn. Alarmingly, in the borough of Westminster, the price of a typical house has risen to £961,000.

The government is attempting to address the housing shortage issue nationally by making available funds for the building of garden villages. There are 14 of these villages planned which will alleviate the housing situation across a broader area. The residents of these communities are expected to enjoy high quality affordable housing, without the need to commute to work, as the system is intended to offer a self sustaining solution.

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