B&Q undergo full air-conditioning refit to remain compliant
To comply current legislation, B&Q has replaced it air-conditioning units across its 250 stores
British hardware giant B&Q has undergone a £1.5m refit of air-conditioning units across all 250 of its UK stores to replace the non-compliant R22 refrigerant.
The R22 refrigerant is being phased out of the UK; any business or householder possessing such a system is legally required to replace the air-conditioning unit and ensure the new system is free from R22 refrigerant, which is considered an ozone-repleting chemical.
Air-conditioning systems using the R22 refrigerant usually precede the year 2004, so if your system was installed before this year, you should hire the services of a professional to check what work needs to be done.
B&Q is now fully compliant with R22 legislation, having hired the services of a contractor to carry out the job across all of its 250 stores. The DIY chain has opted for the installation of 1000 LG split and multi split systems throughout its portfolio of hardware supermarkets.
The job has been expensive for the chain, but (other than it being a legal requirement) replacing its outdated air-conditioning systems will save B&Q money in the long haul.
Modern AC systems can be up to 50% more energy efficient than systems predating 2004. They reduce carbon footprint and overall energy costs but also have a greater output, meaning the temperature of a building can be more accurately controlled according to demand.
Some businesses which need to replace old R22 technology can get tax relief financial help as part of the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) Scheme.
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