Commercial Air Conditioning Installation

Air Conditioning For Shops

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Why get shop air conditioning?

Our four favourite reasons


A shopping experience

Make your store a destination that customers want to spend time in. Go the extra mile and provide a perfect climate all year round, whatever the weather.

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Starts with clean air

The air in your entire shop conditioned into clean, fresh air no matter how polluted your area is. A life-saving difference for people with respiratory conditions.


Get caught red handed

The law states that employees can only be expected to work in “reasonable temperatures”, ensure staff satisfaction with retail air con. Read more here.

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Hundreds on energy bills

Air conditioning saves at least £350* per winter compared to boilers. Over years you can save more than air conditioning installation costs. Plus, VAT is 15% less.

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Go the extra mile

Be cool

Walking down the high street is being replaced by surfing the internet. In order to stay relevant, they need to embrace technology, which starts with climate control. Having a store simply isn’t enough anymore, you need a destination worthy of making the trip.

By installing air conditioning for shops, you create a comfortable space for guests to get lost in, rather than try to escape. For clothing stores, a moderate temperature is vital to allow customers to try on clothes naturally. If you sell mainly winter wear and ski supplies, turning down the temperature will both allow accurate judgements of thermal properties and show your store goes the extra mile.

Imagine owning a swimwear store that is summer-hot all year round, allowing customers to enjoy trying on their poolside attire. Both new and returning customers flock from far away to take part in the experience. Gone are the days of shivering in a dark dressing room praying the holiday will come sooner, the future is now!

Choosing your air con units

The vast number of retail air conditioning systems to choose from makes it difficult to pick one. Here’s what to look out for:


All air conditioning units can cool your space, but some will do so more efficiently than others.


Again all air con systems can ventilate your space, but some are better suited to certain room layouts.


All new air conditioning units can heat your space. Every system we install has complete climate control.


Some units come with special features and additional functions, such as near silent operation.


The shape, colour and material of the unit can be integrated with your shops unique design.


Room size needs matching to power output. Units are mostly wall-mounted, some are on the ceiling or floor.

popular aircon designs

From a range of over 380 daikin units


We are one of the few retail air conditioning installers in the UK to offer this new breed of air-con. These ducted systems can be installed above retail areas by utilising unused loft space. The vents can be very small and embedded in the ceiling, so are the best choice if you do not want a visible unit. Eazyzone is the most cost-effective way to get air conditioning for the whole shop.

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How many rooms?

We can fit as many as you require

1 unit "split system"

If you only want air conditioning installed in one room.

2+ unit "multi-split system"

Heat or cool multiple areas of your store with one outdoor unit.

How Does AC Work?

Air conditioning (also called aircon or AC) is made to cool, heat and filter air.  To do this, it extracts air using fans into the indoor “evaporator” unit, where it passes through the filter of the unit, such as a Titanium Apatite Deodorising Air Purification filter (approved by the National Asthma Council). These filters trap most airborne particulates and decompose odours while absorbing and deactivating bacteria, making them perfect for turning stale air into fresh air.

After the air has been filtered, it circulates around coil structures that are heated or refrigerated based on the temperature in the room compared to your desired warmth. This works because the coils pump mixtures of special gasses that turn to and from liquid in order to transfer heat from the indoor unit to the outdoor unit. It is a common misconception that air conditioning takes air in from an outdoor unit and exchanges it through the buildings indoor units. Actually, it is a far more complex process whereby the indoor unit acts as the mouth and lungs of the room, with the outdoor unit acting as a brain that ensures each connected indoor unit is at the proper temperature.

All of this is controlled simply through a wall-mounted thermostat or the Daikin app, which allows remote control from your phone, tablet, car & more.

Confused? Our experts can guide you through the process and help you choose the right system for your store

The Condenser Unit

The outdoor counterpart to your stylish interior device works with your evaporators to keep each room at the ideal temperature. The large fans in these machines quietly ventilate excess heat and cold from the intricate system of liquid and gas filled coils within, maximising efficiency. The power capability, features and more need to be matched with your interior units, so most customers leave selecting the condenser up to our qualified engineers. 

Our experts select the condenser unit that suits your stores air conditioning needs, so you get to pick how many units you want and where plus the style. You can find out more about different condenser units by using the button below or contact us today and our experts will do the hard work for you.

Retail air con running cost

Compared to a standard boiler

On all standard models of commercial air conditioning, the energy efficiency ratio is 1:5, meaning you gain 400% extra energy for every kilowatt you put in.

On a conventional boiler the energy efficiency ratio is 1:0.93, meaning you lose 7% energy for every kilowatt you put in.

7% may not sound like a lot, but if you like to have your heating on during the colder months, it adds up to a lot. In 24 hours your boiler produces around 175 kW (kilowatts) of energy but uses 190 kW to create that heat, meaning you’re paying for an extra 15 kW of wasted energy every day.

The average cost of 1 kilowatt hour in the UK is 16p, so a boiler wastes £3.84 per day compared to air conditioning for shops.

So see how much you could save, and what you could get with that money, by installing air conditioning for shops:

one week

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Saved per week
(3000 sheets of A4 paper)

One month

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Saved per month
(HDMI projector and screen)

3 Months (winter)

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*Saved per winter
(top quality office chair)

Ten winters

Saved per decade
(basic interior redesign)

Cost of running shop air con

Compared to a standard desktop computer

The cost of running air conditioning depends on your system, because each is unique. However we can estimate these costs based on our experience in the industry. To make it even easier to understand, we have compared the cost of air conditioning various room sizes to the cost of running .

For the same price of running 1 desktop computer, you could run air con in a small room:

Large room AC

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Medium room AC

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for medium room

Small room AC

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It's a breeze


We have tried to provide all the information you might need on this website. Have a look and get some ideas.


When you know what you want, get in touch by calling 0800 088 6392 or using the contact form below


Our friendly experts will listen to your wants and needs, then arrange a visit to conduct a free site survey


We get the materials ready and install the system at a time convenient to you, showing you how it works


Sit back, relax and breath easy with your new air conditioning system. We give you the first service for free

Because air con is so energy efficient, the government only charges 5% VAT instead of 20%, saving £15 for every £100 spent


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Air Conditioning For Shops FAQ

Because each store is different, so is the price. Contact us for a free quote to find out how much air conditioning your shop could cost.

We do provide a range of services for commercial air conditioning that include both servicing and repirs of all make and model of air conditioning unit. Our highly-trained air conditioning specialists provide a comprehensive servicing to ensure that all aspects of a commercial air conditioning system is working correctly and meets any safety requirements also. For any necessary repairs, we will have you back up and running again in no time with effective solutions to coax those units back to life and have them pumping out cool and clean air.

At Direct Air Conditioning we strongly advise that you should have retail air con serviced at a minimum of once a year to ensure that they continually run smoothly and don’t suffer ruin through being overworked and under cared for. A shop air conditioning unit will take substantially more wear and tear than a domestic unit and this is because a shop ac unit will be much larger and prone to dust and debris than one found in a house would. Therefore, having us round once (or twice!) a year to check everything over and give it the seal of approval pays off in the long run.

Air conditioning for shops will not be loud and intrusive and it will, in fact, be difficult to even tell they are in operation most of the time. Daikin’s units operate so impressively that, especially when there is the hustle and bustle of an operational shop going on anyway, that they will be close to silent and quiet as a mouse in comparison to other aspects of the shop. It certainly isn’t something you can expect to find customers becoming annoyed by or complaining about and similarly, it won’t be in any way distracting or intrusive to employees either.

On average a shop air conditioning unit can be expected to last between 15 and 20 years, which is an impressive amount of time and definitely shows that you get your money’s worth out of having them. There are factors that can influence the health and longevity of a shop air conditioning unit such as servicing. By having regular servicing or not can dictate whether your air conditioning lasts as long as 15 to 20 years, or maybe even longer than that, or falling into disrepair prematurely. Protect your worthy investment with accurate servicing that keeps things running nice and smooth.

Still confused? Our experts can guide you through the process and help you choose the right system for your shop

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