Try A Different Type Of R ‘n’ R

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Retrofitting and refurbishment are attractive alternatives to buying new on several levels. There are, of course, the obvious environmental benefits of reusing existing equipment where appropriate – it reduces pollution, limits the demand for new natural resources and reduces waste going to landfill.

All this means lower energy use and fewer carbon emissions. So retrofitting and refurbishment bolster your green credentials – it clearly makes sense to sustain our future by refurbishing our past.

But retrofit and refurb offer other important advantages too. First, they provide the opportunity to save money. For example, it has been estimated that a refurbished air handling unit (AHU) is just 35 to 50% of the cost of a new unit and refurb and retrofit can extend its service life by 15 to 20 years.

Secondly, refurbishment and retrofitting leave existing services such as ductwork, pipework and wiring unaltered so they are less disruptive than replacement.

Thirdly, they can help improve comfort conditions by ensuring more consistent temperatures and better-controlled humidity, and reduce the transport and access problems associated with replacing large pieces of HVAC equipment, especially in city centre locations.

Finally, you don’t have to rely on high risk or unproven technologies.

Retrofitting is, essentially, the addition of new technology or features to older systems and refurbishment refers to the process of returning something to a good state of repair (which can include retrofitting).

The best engineering businesses offer a refurbishment service. Our own, for example, covers the repair and replacement of all types of coils, belt drives, motors, fans, bearings and spares.

The ECEX AHU refurbishment and repair service is designed to extend the lifespan of existing AHUs, increase their operating efficiency, save energy, boost performance, and typically reduce running costs.

The new AHU refurbishment and repair service joins ECEX’s existing services, which include access safety and metalwork fabrication; mechanical engineering (from replacing pipework and valves to upgrading or downsizing water storage tanks); and energy saving and building compliance solutions such as the revolutionary ECEX Air Intake Screen.

ECEX Air Intake Screens are are long lasting, weather-resistant filters designed specifically for high velocity airflow applications such as chillers, dry air coolers, AHUs, cooling towers and air conditioning units.

They are designed to prevent airborne debris from entering the air conditioning or ventilation system and cause irreparable damage to coils or internal filters.

Lasting up to 15 years and cleaned simply using a soft brush, hose or vacuum, ECEX Air Intake Screens are a first line of defence for air intake systems, reducing maintenance time by up to 70%, extending the service life of equipment, prolonging internal air filter life by up to 60%, and maximising airflow to save energy.

Visit www.airintakescreens.co.uk for more information.