In the intricate, often unseen world of climate control, AC Energy Assessors are unsung heroes. Operating behind the scenes, they ensure the lifeblood of our buildings – the air conditioning systems – run optimally. These professionals don’t just ensure our comfort, but critically influence a building’s energy efficiency, directly impacting our environment and the financial bottom line.
Today, we’ll take you on a journey into the daily life of one such expert, an AC Energy Assessor based in London. We’ll follow Dan, a friendly yet focused assessor, as he navigates his way through a typical day – tackling an array of tasks, overcoming numerous challenges, and providing invaluable efficiency assessments for his clients.
From small retail spaces to large office blocks, we’ll glimpse the variety of Dan’s workspaces, the nature of his critical analyses, and the crucial efficiency advice he provides to his clients. By providing an intimate ‘fly-on-the-wall’ view, we’ll showcase how his day-to-day work contributes to a greener, more sustainable Britain. Let’s dive in and experience a day in the life of an air conditioning Energy Assessor.
Our Energy Assessor Prepares
6:30 AM – Dan’s Day Begins
We start our day in Dan’s cosy London flat. Being an Air Conditioning (AC) Energy Assessor, his morning routine is almost always the same: a brisk workout, breakfast of whole grain toast and fresh orange juice, and then it’s straight to his office, a meticulously organised corner of his living room. Here he reviews his schedule for the day and prepares his assessment kit: measuring tools, IR thermometer, notepad, camera, safety gears, and the all-important thermal imaging camera.
8:00 AM – First Stop: The Retail Shop
Dan’s first job today is a bustling shop in the heart of London, equipped with a split AC system. Arriving early, Dan skillfully navigates his way through the morning rush to the shop where he greets the manager with a friendly smile. He starts by inspecting the split AC units, checking their specifications and condition.
One of the challenges he encounters at this location is poor labelling of the AC system. However, with years of experience, Dan quickly identifies the system’s specifications by inspecting the model numbers on the units and consulting with the store manager. Upon inspection, he advises the manager to update the labelling system for better maintenance and regulation compliance.
10:30 AM – En Route to the Second Site
Despite the notorious London traffic, Dan uses his deep knowledge of the city’s routes to avoid heavy traffic and reach the second site promptly.
11:00 AM – Second Stop: The Small Manufacturing Business
The second site of the day is a small manufacturing business that uses a split AC system and a Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV). Access to the roof is a challenge here due to the access route, but Dan is prepared for this and overcomes this obstacle ensuring he is using personal protective equipment.
As he conducts the energy assessment, he checks for energy efficiency, system maintenance, and whether the controls and settings are appropriate for the spaces being cooled. After a thorough review, Dan identifies a few efficiency issues related to the positioning of the VRV. He recommends some changes in the system layout that could result in significant energy savings and discusses with the client that the report will follow.
Quick Recharge: Lunch Break
2:00 PM – Lunch Break
Even amidst his busy schedule, Dan finds time for a quick, nutritious lunch, which keeps his energy levels high for the rest of the day.
2:30 PM – Third Stop: The Large Office Block
The final assignment of the day is a challenging one: a large office block with multiple split systems, condenser units, and air handling units (AHUs). The size of the building is daunting, with incomplete documentation adding to the complexity of the task.
Dan diligently works his way through the maze of cooling systems, taking photographs, making notes, and assessing each system’s efficiency. He finds a couple of split AC systems running harder than necessary due to poor coordination with the AHUs. He proposes a revised control strategy, which could enhance system efficiency and prolong the life of the equipment.
6:00 PM – Wrapping Up the Day
Back at his home office, Dan finalises his notes and starts preparing the assessment reports. His day ends with the satisfaction of knowing his work will help his clients save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. After all, every bit of efficiency contributes to a greener, more sustainable London.
Thank you, Energy Assessors!
As Dan wraps up his day, we can’t help but admire his dedication, expertise, and passion for his work as an Energy Assessor. Despite the challenges and obstacles, he continues to provide valuable and comprehensive TM44 reports to his clients, proving that no day is too challenging for a committed and expert assessor.
Thank you to Dan and others like him that KTIC have the pleasure to work with day in and day out! We can even occasionally forgive them for a slightly delayed report.