Airco Is Expanding
Airco are proud to announce that they have just opened up a new office in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. This move will further enhance own national coverage and help improve our response times, for our ever growing list of mission critical clients who demand prompt service times. This new office will complement their existing head office in Hull and regional offices in Leeds, Immingham Birmingham. Milton Keynes and Central London. 0800 772 0558 [email protected]
Coronavirus (COVID -19) – Airco Statement March 2020
Over recent weeks Airco have been actively monitoring the information provided by the Government, Public Health England & the Foreign Office with regard to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a responsible employer our first priority will always be to protect the health and welfare of our employees, whilst ensuring we maintain the high level of service that our customers expect. As a valued client, we would like to inform you of the steps we are taking that we are confident will enable this. What are we doing for our customers?• Working in close contact with our customers and prioritising works where necessary• Working in close contact with our supply chain to ensure we have a fully stocked warehouse of essential spares, refrigerants and HVAC equipment• Advising our customers of latest industry guidance relating to the Coronavirus, such as REFCOM Technical Bulletin TB/048• Ensuring our mobile workforce are equipped with the latest information, guidance and enhanced PPE kit to ensure safe working practices can be maintained on site• Providing additional ‘deep clean’ services for HVAC equipment• Zero disruption to our 24/7 nationwide call out provision What are we doing for our employees?• Adhering to, and educating our employees on the latest advice provided by the UK authorities• Quarantining colleagues who present symptoms after travel or exposure to infected individuals• Monitoring our employees recent foreign travel and pending personal travel• Review of internal practices including:- Reduction of office-based personnel by facilitating home working where possible- Improving hygiene practices of our employees where homeworking is not possible • Enhanced PPE kit for our mobile Engineers• The introduction of a pre-screening process:- For all planned and reactive work, which will enable Airco to generate a risk assessment considering all stakeholders, the environment and the evolving situation- For all visitors to Airco premises• Cancelling non-essential travel for all Airco personnel• Cancelling non-essential Airco gatherings such as training/meetings We continue to monitor the developing situation & will provide further update in due course as necessary. If you would like any further information, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope we can continue to support each other through this challenging period, AIRCO.
Airco have been actively monitoring the situation with regard to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is to ensure the welfare of our employees whilst also ensuring that we will continue to maintain the level of service that our consumers have come to expect from us. At the moment, it is business as normal for Airco. However, we are taking steps to mitigate the impact of the changing situation in-line with guidance from UK authorities. We are regularly monitoring the situation and will update you in due course should there be unavoidable changes to our service. Latest Refcom update on Covid-19.
Airco – Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) Approved!
Airco is now 1 of just 4300 approved suppliers (across all sectors) within the rail industry having successfully passed the scheme's requirements in November 2018. Attaining RISQS approval is part of Airco's continued development into the Bluechip market and achieving the highest standards of quality, health & safety and environmental management/practice. The high standards required to be an approved supplier within the rail industry is what we strive for throughout the entirety of the business and attaining this status provides us with yet more formal recognition of our exceptional standards. With this approval we have even more opportunity to target the type of customer we want to work with and encourage potential buyers to contact us with any install, service and maintenance requirements for Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating equipment anywhere on the rail network.
Natural Gas Services becomes part of the Airco family.
Leading Hull business Airco has added to its portfolio with the acquisition of a gas and heating specialist for an undisclosed sum. The refrigeration and air conditioning specialist has announced it has bought Natural Gas Services Ltd, based in Hedon Road, in a deal described as “a great move” for both parties. The buyout comes after Natural Gas Service’ founder, Roy Bailey, decided to retire after a long and successful career. The move enables Airco to extend its services into the commercial plumbing and heating sector, doubling its number of heating engineers to 12. Neil Fisher, founder and managing director of Airco, said: “I have known Roy for about 30 years and Airco and Natural Gas Services have worked together many times. “There are synergies between the two companies, particularly in terms of our values and commitment to service. “For Airco, the move has two advantages. Firstly, when we started, air conditioning and heating were two different disciplines. But as technology has advanced there is now a lot of crossover between the two, meaning we had a requirement for more heating engineers. Buying Natural Gas Services fulfils this requirement. “Secondly, by expanding our existing heating division, we are able to tender for and carry out more dedicated industrial and commercial plumbing and heating contracts, so the buyout will contribute to our existing growth plans. “The acquisition is a great move for both parties and I’m delighted to have been able to buy the business and at the same time, facilitate Roy’s future plans.” Airco Ltd, headquartered in Airco House, Goulton Street, was founded by Mr Fisher in 1991 and now employs 105 people at six locations, including Hull, Immingham, Leeds, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Central London. Mr Fisher described Natural Gas Services as a ‘great fit’ for the Airco family as heating was now an integral part of air conditioning. He said the move enabled him to retain access to the skills and expertise within Natural Gas Services, which he had called upon many times before. Natural Gas Services was founded in 1995 by ex-British Gas engineer Roy and some colleagues. Based in Hedon Road, east Hull, it provides a full range of heating and plumbing services to industrial and commercial clients, as well as domestic clients and landlords. Founder Roy Bailey, who has been kept on as commercial heating manager to oversee the integration of Natural Gas Services into the group, said he was pleased his company had been bought by Airco, and believed they shared common values. “Natural Gas Services compliments Airco very nicely and will extend its position in the market place,” he said. “I have always had a good relationship with Neil and we’ve worked together on many occasions, so having Airco buy Natural Gas Services seems like a fitting extension of that relationship.”
Parliament inquiry to consider UK buildings’ heatwave adaptability
Environmental Audit Committee will review how current building regulations and planning policy aligns with strategies to prepare for anticipated increase in temperatures and heatwaves Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has launched a new inquiry over how to buildings may better mitigate against the effects of overheating on productivity and health as a result of climate change. Considerations such as the role of the built environment to offset overheating will be considered as part of the inquiry process. The policy review has been launched over concerns about Met Office estimates that the minimum and maximum temperature in the UK has increased by around one degree Celsius since 1950. The committee has argued that with 16 of the warmest years on record globally having occurred after 2001, the UK should be braced for a possible increase in the frequency and intensity of heatwaves. Buildings, and what steps government is taking to minimise overheating in public buildings such as hospitals, schools and prisons will be an important focus of the inquiry, with submissions being accepted from experts and other interested parties on the issue until March 14. The Committee on Climate Change has previously concluded that the UK lacks policies for ensuring the built environment can adjust to rising temperatures, as well as sufficient standards to combat overheating. An updated Climate Change Risk Assessment document was published by government in 2017. Building on this work, a new National Adaptation Programme that will set out future strategy for government, business and society to try and tackle climate change related challenges is due for release this year. The Environmental Audit Committee’s new inquiry will consider how effective existing National Adaption Programme commitments have been in protecting against human health risks as a result of heatwaves. It will also look at where there are knowledge gaps around the anticipated risks resulting from increased temperature. This focus will also consider how existing mechanisms
3M’s HVAC air filter tells you when it needs replacing
As people get more concerned about the air they're breathing, so the case for buying a smart air purifier becomes more pressing. That's what has prompted 3M to build the Filtrete Bluetooth-enabled residential air filter, which lets you know when it's time for a change. The idea being that the filter itself can alert you — via an app for your smartphone — when it's time to run to the store and buy a $30-ish replacement. The filter itself is available in a variety of shapes and sizes, but with a wee bump nestled on the front, which houses the Bluetooth radio and sensors. The system doesn't just act as a prompt for spending more money; it can also offer up real-time data on the air you're breathing. At least, that's something you can do if you spend more cash on a compatible air-quality monitor, although that's likely to come with its own app. The platform can also offer up helpful hints on how better to improve your indoor air quality and life. The EPA recommends you change your air filter once a month, but 3M's data suggests that most folks string theirs out for up to three months at a time. But that doesn't take into account the variable air quality that'll be different in every home and location, or your particular usage pattern. By using a machine that can alert you when your filter begins to degrade, you might wind up avoiding the problems inherent with breathing dirty air. The 3M Filtrete Smart Air Filter will be available for purchase in the spring for a price that has yet — as with so many things at CES — to be determined.