EcoCooling, UK manufacturers of fresh air cooling and ventilation systems, will provide the equipment for two wards at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely. EcoCoolers will be installed in the Welney Ward, the hospital’s community inpatient area, and Wicken Ward, the hospital’s dedicated COVID-19 ward.
The air conditioning on the Welney and Wicken wards was getting increasingly inefficient, and the hospital saw this as an opportunity to move away from air conditioning to an alternative cooling system. The critical consideration for the new system was the cleanliness of the air, with the hospital seeking to move away from a traditional refrigerant solution that recirculated air and opt for a fresh-air alternative.
The EcoCooling fresh air system has been chosen as it meets all the operational and installation requirements of the hospital. It will provide the fresh air that will keep the bacteria on the wards down, while also providing cooling on the hottest days, ensuring comfortable conditions for patients, staff and visitors at all times.
The system will also be more cost-effective to run and substantially more energy-efficient than the old air conditioning system, helping to cut costs and reduce the hospital’s carbon emissions, therefore supporting its targets.
The installation, which consists of two floor-mounted EcoCoolers, will be carried out with minimal disruption to the running of the wards. The use of ground-mounted coolers means there is no need for roof work, which helps to minimise construction works, with only access to water and electricity required.
The installation will take two weeks and will provide the hospital with an effective cooling solution as we enter the warmer summer months. The evaporative cooling system will supply the Welney and Wicken wards with fresh, clean air which should help the hospital in its bid to reduce bacteria in the air.