Do you know your obligations when it comes to TM44 air conditioning inspections? In this article we talk you through what you need know about TM44 inspections.
A TM44 air conditioning inspection is a requirement of Article 9 of the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations. It requires that all air conditioning systems of greater than 12kW cooling capacity are to be inspected by an accredited Energy Assessor.
All new systems are required to be inspected within 5 years of the date of installation. Thereafter an inspection needs to be carried out at least every 5 years.
The aim of the air conditioning inspection is to provide you with a report on the performance of the air conditioning system in respect of its energy consumption. The inspection is also there to advise you of actions you could take to reduce your carbon footprint.
Inspections cover the refrigeration and air moving equipment that are part of air conditioning systems and their controls. Documentation relating to your equipment will also be looked at including documents relating to maintenance.
Your report will include information about the efficiency of your air conditioning systems with advice on how to improve the energy of your system. The report will also highlight areas to save energy and reduce operating costs. Here are some more specific areas that are also covered:
– An estimate of how efficient your system is and how this can be improved
– Faults that have been found during the inspection and recommended actions
– The adequacy of maintenance carried out on equipment and recommendations for improvement
– The sufficiency of installed controls and control settings along with possible suggestions for improvement
– The suitability of size of the installed system in relation to the cooling load and any suggestions for improvement.
There is no legal obligation to act on the recommendations in the report. The aim of the report is to convince building owners of the commercial merit of acting on the recommendations made.
As part of our service to our current maintenance customers, we will keep track of when your inspection is due and advise you of what to do. For further information about our maintenance services please get in contact with us here.