We have collated answers for the most frequently asked questions about HVAC systems below. Simply click ‘answer’ to find out more. Should you like to know more, or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch where we will be happy to help.
Air Options Ltd do not undertake residential or domestic style works, although our sister company Ideal Climate Ltd will be happy to help.
Systems are offered complete with a 12 month parts and labour warranty which is extendable for a further 48 months dependent upon the manufacturer selected. For example we are able to offer the majority of Japanese products a 12 month parts and labour warranty with an additional 48 month parts only warranty. Full details are available from our office.
All extended warranties are underwritten by the manufacturer and managed by Air Options Ltd. All extended warranties are offered in line with the manufacturers terms and conditions. Full details are available upon application .
All warranties are subject to a maintenance regime in line with the manufacturer and Air Options guidelines. This is much the same as buying a new car and having it serviced to validate the warranty. A simple analogy of this would be:
You are expected to have a new car serviced in line with the manufacturers mileage intervals to validate the warranty. In the event you exceed this interval and did not for example have the oil changed within the engine, which consequently blows up, the manufacturer or dealer will not be liable to pay for the replacement. In this case you would be expected to pay for the engine replacement.
In the event the engine was replenished in line with the service intervals, the dealer would replace the engine and claim for the costs back from the manufacturer. This works much the same for an air conditioning installer.
Maintenance costs start from as little as £149.00 per annum and upwardly increase dependent upon the size and complexity of the installation. Please contact the office in the event you require a quotation.
We can supply service and maintenance works for all systems whether they have been installed by Air Options or not. We can also in certain cases offer extended warranties to plant installed by our competition.
We offer contracts and works costed by the hour whichever suits your requirements.
We pride ourselves that our costing include or exclude exactly what the client requests and have no hidden catches. We are happy to include all electrical and builders works and in general are contracted to offer a full working solution. Maintenance costs are to be considered as an additional sum and will be costed separately.
All systems we offer comply with Health and Safety requirements. All documentation produced also complies with the same.
We produce all method statements and risk assessments for the proposed installation or service/repair works in line with our quoted costing. This document is released upon receipt of an official order or letter of intent.
All projects no matter how large or small are fully managed by our nominated supervisory and project management staff. Whether a project is £2,000 or £200,000 it will be managed to the same high level.
Yes we are happy to carry out works during the evening or weekends to minimise disruption at your place of work. It should be noted that costs for ‘out of hours’ are slightly more expensive than normal working hours due to an increase in our staff’s pay scale for these unsociable hours. Additional costs are available upon application.
Air Options where possible specify and install equipment which qualifies for ECA’s. The industry have evolved somewhat during the past few years and the majority of light commercial office air conditioning plant can qualify for ECA’s with little or no increase to the initial purchase cost. ECA’s can prove to be particularly tax efficient as well as offering savings associated with reduced energy consumption.
In simple terms none of the systems we engineer and install can put you or your staff at risk. For more details of the systems we offer and how we eliminate the risk of legionella please call the office.
We cannot comment with regard to any existing services and equipment within your building but will happily undertake a survey of existing plant in the event you are concerned. Routine maintenance of existing systems can eliminate the risk of legionella. Service and maintenance is also an area we can help you with.
We hear this all the time and it is quite simply untrue. There are systems within the market place which are expensive to run due to being inefficient, although the systems we offer are extremely energy efficient.
It should be noted however, that your energy usage is now likely to increase during the summer months with your air conditioning system running, whereas prior to this, it was only a winter heating bill you needed to consider.
Air Options are able to offer extensive services ranging from simple telephone support to fully managed onsite maintenance contracts. We are happy to service and repair the equipment for years to come whether under warranty or not. On many occasions we are able to offer extended warranties to suit your budget.
An installation depending upon its complexity and speed level can be phased from a single day to many months. The timescales will be indicated once a budgetary cost has been provided and the quotation made firm.
Air Options has been trading since 1995 with staff having a wealth of experience. All of the products we sell are market leading brands and have an expected life of approximately 15 years dependent upon application. This life span is of course subject to routine maintenance.
There are cheaper products within in the industry which last only a few years before they become unreliable. At Air Options we steer well clear of these and only offer the market leading brands.
Yes! Systems heat and cool if required from the same equipment, and are know as heat pumps. The vast majority of air conditioning systems come with heating as standard, at no additional cost. This can then be used as your main source of heating or backup to the existing.
If you are extending or adding to your property, why not allow us to quote heating and cooling and save money by eliminating the need to upgrade boilers and add radiators.
Yes! Energy efficient systems are available in both three phase and single phase. We can even offer gas fired systems to heat and cool. Whatever your limitation on site we are sure we will be able to offer a solution.
This varies dependent upon the type of installation you require and has no simple answer. There are two types of permission to consider which are local authority permissions and landlord permissions. Both of the aforementioned areas are something we can help with as we do on many occasions on the client’s behalf. We will produce all drawings and correspondence, whilst liaising with the landlord and planners on your behalf.
Should we act on your behalf in gaining planning permission we do expect to get the installation work however, and have no interest in acting as a planning consultant alone.
Yes! We are happy to visit site, meet with you, and then design and engineer a quotation. We take a commercial view on this and will produce adequate information to offer costs and reassure you we are committed and confident to producing a working and efficient solution. Once our quote is accepted we will produce a full breakdown of design and particulars should it be requested.
On the flip side of this, we do not offer free quotations or consultancy, should there be no intent from the offset to fairly use our time and information. We are happy to afford you as much time as you need subject to it being on a level and fair playing field.
We don’t expect to win them all, although we would like to, and fully appreciate however that on many occasions, approvals can take months, or even a year to get budgets approved and planning in place. see further down for budget quotes via phone and planning permissions. We also offer a price promise and confident we will be competitive.
Yes there is a uplift in cost if our works are to be completed during evenings, or over a weekend. Whilst we fully respect the position of our clients and the difficulties the pandemic brings, our in house engineers are paid additionally for ‘out of hours’ working, and therefore unable to absorb this increase, and price the works accordingly. This applies to all diagnostic, repair, maintenance and installation works where our engineers ‘normal’ contracted working hours are Monday to Friday during normal office hours, with some levels of flexibility.
There are many issues to consider with nights or weekend working such as technical support and parts departments being closed, in addition to our own management and admin teams, giving the engineers limited support in the field. At Air Options we are not looking to profit from the situation whereby any uplift for out of hours working will be viewed considerately to keep a clients costs to a minimum, and where we are commercially able to do so.
We are only able to work in COVID secure environments where distancing can be achieved hand in hand with any additional H&S measures required to keep everyone safe. This is for the protection of all and in accordance with GOV.UK advice, and will need reassurance from our clients that site meets these guidelines, and in addition to this will of course do what is expected from us.
If you would like us to cost Saturday working we will be happy to do so, and will include any uplift within your quotation.