Cosmetics retailer Lush upgraded the in-store air conditioning at its busy 186m2 shop and spa on Edinburgh’s premier shopping street to the latest ‘invisible’ technology from Daikin.
Lush project managers, Ashley Basdeo and Rebecca Meara said with temperatures in the basement reaching 37°C and the old ducted air conditioning system serving the sales floor out of action, it was time for a change.
Ashley said, “The old system was concealed by a ceiling and virtually impossible to access the condensing units for maintenance […] When it failed, we needed to find a better solution.” Lush turned to Epta UK – their national service provider and a Daikin D1+ Partner – to engineer a better environment in the Edinburgh store.
Two 20kW systems were installed, to serve two ducted fan coil units, six wall-mounted indoor units and two mini-cassettes which cover the entire premises. The i-Series overcomes space problems by separating the compressor and heat exchanger elements of conventional ‘outdoor’ units, so they can be mounted indoors.
The heat exchanger is designed to fit in a typical ceiling void and is ducted to the exterior. At Lush Edinburgh, the inlet and outlet ducts vent to louvres above the storefront, making the installation invisible from the street. The small-footprint and quiet compressor unit can be fitted in an out of- the way position – typically in a cupboard, store room or kitchen.
In some instances where space is particularly limited, as in the staff area at Lush Edinburgh, compressors are ceiling-mounted. They are hung from the building rib deck above the drop-in style suspended ceiling. The units are supported on M8 threaded rod and 41 x 41 Unistrut Channel. They are easily accessible for maintenance during store trading hours.
VRV i-Series supports the full range of Daikin VRV ceiling, wall and floor-mounted units. The systems at Lush Edinburgh are controlled through an i-Touch controller, mounted in the manager’s office.
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