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Why You Need Air Conditioning This Summer

Beat The Heat

With summer finally here, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all. Maybe you’re looking forward to that much deserved holiday break that you have planned all year or maybe you are glad to catch a bit more daylight after you finish work each day. Summer brings about a sense of freedom that you may not feel throughout the rest of the year. Suddenly, you may feel a lot more energetic than before.


In all of this excitement, it is easy to forget about any downsides to this sunny season, the inevitable insect bites, wasp stings and embarrassing sweat stains or sunburn. Luckily there are some problems which can be avoided. For anyone that has ever worked in an office or spends a lot of time inside during summer, you may be dreading the summer heat. In this day and age, opting for an air conditioning system has never been as affordable. Here at Eric Collier & Son, we offer a wide range of air conditioning and climate control systems to help you beat the heat this summer. If you are looking for air conditioning in Newport, Cardiff or Swansea then Eric Collier and Son will do their best to ensure that you are comfortably relaxed and cool this summer!

Woman relaxing with air conditioning

History of Air Conditioning


Air conditioning was first invented in 1824 in order to preserve food when it was found that liquified ammonia could be used to chill the air when it evaporated. Chilling the air would then prevent bacteria from being able to grow and spoil food. Eventually, the first electrical air conditioning system was invented by Willis Haviland Carrier. This was then used to improve the manufacturing process in a printing plant as it allowed the humidity and temperature to be kept at a controlled level.


It wasn’t until 1928 that Freon was discovered. This new alternative was much safer than ammonia and it really opened the door to air conditioning becoming a viable option for residential, commercial and industrial use. Nowadays, air conditioning is seen as less of a luxury and many people see it as essential, whether this is in their car, home or office. Although air conditioning may have grown in popularity, many older cars or buildings may not be equipped with a high-quality air conditioning system and this can make the environment rather uncomfortable during the summer. With temperatures rising each year, investing in a reliable and high-quality air conditioning system is a very sensible idea.


Benefits of Air Conditioning

Man Installing Air Conditioning


So why is it so important to have an air conditioning system? The simple answer is that it will help you to beat the heat this summer, but there are also a variety of other reasons why you should consider installing one.


Firstly, an air conditioning system is one of the best ways to create a relaxed and chilled out environment. During a summer’s day, being able to retreat to a sufficiently air-conditioned property is essential. However, during the summer, the evenings can also be a very uncomfortable experience, especially when going to sleep. Although using a fan may prove to slightly reduce the impact, there is no competition in comparison. By reducing the heat in your home during the night, this can make it that much easier to consistently get a good night’s sleep. As anyone who has not had a sufficient amount of sleep will tell you, a good night’s sleep is one of the most important factors to consider in relation to your general well being as it tends to affect many other aspects in life.


For any commercial property, it is incredibly important to create an environment that is attractive to any potential customers. Many businesses will choose to do this by making the interior design of their property incredibly stylish and eye-catching. Many shops or restaurants will also create ambience by playing music to make the customer’s experience as enjoyable as possible. One thing that may be overlooked is the temperature of the premises. This is incredibly important in any shops that may draw in a large number of customers at one time as the increased body temperature can create a very uncomfortable environment. The installation of an air conditioning system can improve the environment of any commercial property and can, therefore, have a very positive effect on business.


Following on from the previous point, during the summer, working in an office can be a potentially uncomfortable experience. Without an effective way to keep the office at a reasonable temperature, it can often have an incredibly negative effect on the productivity of staff. This is partly due to the heat causing workers to become dehydrated throughout the day which can lead to a great number of problems, including the inability to focus which is evidently a huge problem at a place of work.


On top of this, as we have very quickly moved into the digital age, computers are now an integral part of any office space. Often each member of staff will have a computer as well as any servers or other it equipment. By having a higher temperature in the office there is always the risk that these systems may begin to become faulty, although this can be an annoyance if a member of staff’s computer begins to malfunction, it becomes even more of a problem if any data is lost if any equipment is damaged. In rare cases, this could cause a standstill in productivity for any office that relies heavily on IT systems.


Another benefit of having air conditioning or climate control within your property is that it removes the need to keep your windows open throughout the day. Although it may seem like a great idea to air out your home occasionally, it also poses a huge security risk. During the summer, thieves rely on homeowners leaving their windows open, especially on the ground floor. Many people may also believe that a window left open on the second floor will not be targeted by burglars but this actually far from the truth. Having air conditioning in your home allows you to leave your windows closed, making your home less of a target to burglars.


Furthermore, it isn’t just criminals that you should avoid letting in your home. There are a variety of insects and pests that also use any means of entering your home. Leaving your window open during the night in order to beat the heat can often result in waking up covered in bites. On top of this, there are also a variety of parasites and allergens that can lead to many different illnesses. For instance, an air conditioning system will reduce the chances of you suffering as severely from hayfever. For anyone that has suffered from hayfever, this benefit may be reason enough to consider installation.

Smiling Man Turning on Air Conditioning

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So if you are looking for a high-quality air conditioning or climate control system this summer then Eric Collier and Son are more than happy to help. Our team have many years of experience and can carry out installations in the South of Wales including in Cardiff, Swansea, and Newport. Contact us today or call us on 0845 200 0100.

With summer on the horizon, we are coming closer to festival season. Whether you are excited to visit one of the many food festivals across the UK or perhaps you are looking forward to listening to your favourite musicians at one of the many music festivals lined up this year, there are plenty of great options for food this summer!


Both food and music festivals provide a great platform for mobile caterers to reach a very large audience of hungry customers. Many restaurants have even opened up shop permanently after originally starting out on the festival scene. If you are interested in trying your hand in the mobile catering scene then there are many requirements that festivals require before you can sign up, including having an up to date gas safety certification. Here at Eric Collier and Son we have been installing LPG gas equipment for many years as well as performing LPG gas safety checks for a variety of caterers.


In this list, we will be running through a list of the top places to eat when you go to a festival. You are sure to see something that you like, whether you are looking for inspiration, or you are looking for the perfect place to eat while you are soaking up the sun.

vegan burger


Biff’s Jack Shack


The way that we consume food has definitely changed in recent years. As we focus on ways to reduce the effect that human beings have on the planet, there has been a huge increase in the popularity of plant-based diets. Because of this, there have been a huge number of solely vegetarian and vegan restaurants that have opened up. This may come as a surprise when you may have not even had a substantial vegan option at your favourite fast food establishment possibly even two years ago.


As plant-based diets have become more popular, vegetarian and vegan cuisine has become a lot more affordable and creative. Biff’s Jack Shack is no exception! If you are looking for vegan junk food, then Biff’s Jack Shack should definitely be on your list of food vans to visit this year. Based in the UK, Biff’s Jack Shack has become very popular in the festival food scene. They serve exceptionally tasty burgers that can hold their own against their meat counterpart. On top of this, their vegan fried chicken has a texture and taste that is truly delightful. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, you can find Biff’s Jack Shack at festivals such as Glastonbury and Download.

macaroni and cheese




This next food van is one for anyone that loves cheese. Anna-Maes have been serving their absolutely classic mac ‘n’ cheese at many festivals across the UK, including Glastonbury, Shambala and Green Man. Not only is the food to die for but they also offer their creamy mac ‘n’ cheese at a very affordable price. This is great for any festival-goers that aren’t looking to break the bank on fast food. They also offer a variety of toppings and sauces to make an otherwise delicious dish, even better. What’s more, is that you don’t even have to go to a festival to get your fix of cheesy goodness. Anna-Maes also regularly serves their divine mac ‘n’cheese recipe out of their trailer in London throughout the rest of the year.

pie and mash



Pieminster first hit the festival scene at Glastonbury Festival in 2004, serving mouth-watering pies for both meat lovers and vegans alike. After taking the festival scene by storm, Pieminster soon became a well-established franchise, starting off in Bristol and then opening many more stores across the UK.


You can still find Pieminster at many festivals, such as Shambala, Park Life and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Pieminster tailor to a wide variety of dietary requirements with vegan and gluten-free options and have earned their incredible reputation. Did you know that even the Queen herself enjoys having Pieminster for her Christmas parties? Pieminster has also served food to a list of celebrities including The Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams!


On top of this, if you visit their restaurant in Nottingham, they also have their very own escape rooms where you can team up with your friends to solve puzzles to escape from a variety of different scenarios.


Finally, Pieminster only uses organic meats in their products and has inspired change through a variety of initiatives such as their “Pieminster Forest initiative” It is no wonder that Pieminster is so highly regarded today.






Paellaria has been serving festival goers paella for over 10 years. You will find Paellaria at festivals such as Shindig, Glastonbury and Bestival. There are many reasons that this food stall is on our list. Firstly, their stall is hard to ignore as it is very colourful and attractive to all of your senses. Another reason is that this also another a very cheap option for your dinner while you are at a festival and they are also very generous with their portion sizes.


Paellaria has a variety of options and is able to boast the fact that they only use the freshest ingredients including piquillo peppers, Brindasa Picante chorizo and local “red tractor” chicken. If you have certain dietary requirements then all of the paella served here is also gluten-free, the vegetarian option is also vegan so there is definitely something for everyone here!


cheese toastie

The Cheese Truck


The cheese truck is exactly what you think it would be, apart from the fact that it serves food out of what was once an ice cream truck! This is another great option for cheese lovers out there, serving melted cheese toasties to peckish customers. Although they have standard cheddar toasties, they also have a variety of options to add other ingredients to the sandwich, such as pulled pork, bacon and onions.


Starting out in 2014, The Cheese Truck has been cooking delicious cheesy sandwiches at festivals including Glastonbury, Green Man and Bestival. They also serve tomato soup, travelling around new haven when not being hired for a festival or catering event.


If you are a true foodie and are up for a challenge, they also run a good challenge, requiring you to eat 10 cheese toasties in an hour! We definitely would not suggest doing this after a night of drinking but it is definitely a fun addition for another great food truck on our list.

duck wrap


The Duck Truck


Our final pick for places to eat while at a festival is The Duck Truck. As you can imagine, they specialise in dishes containing duck as the main ingredient, from duck wraps to duck fat chips and scotch eggs. The wraps are almost like the wraps that you would get from your local Chinese takeaway but much bigger! If this sounds like something you would enjoy, The Duck Truck can be found at Glastonbury and Latitude Festival.




So if you are looking for a truly delicious meal to tuck into when you are visiting your next festival then we hope that we have given you plenty of options to choose from. Maybe you even think that you can do it better than some of the caterers on this list? If so, make sure that you regularly have all of your gas appliances checked and that you have an up to date LPG gas certificate so that you can legally sign your food truck up to serve food at one of the many music festivals in the UK this year. Maybe next year, we will be including your food van in our list of top picks for festival food.

Top Picks For Festival Food This Year
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If you have a commercial or domestic property which does not currently have a central heating system then you can count on Eric Collier and Son to install the best central heating Cardiff system for your needs. Central heating is worth the money as it can reduce your energy bills and create a more comfortable living environment. A good central heating system can keep you warm during the cold weather by efficiently heating your home. Eric Collier & Son can provide you with a cost and power effective heating solution for your property. When it comes to choosing the way to heat your home and property, we can supply you with a variety of options to suit your requirements. Our heating engineers are trained to install and repair many types of central heating and boiler systems including Combi Boilers, Conventional Boilers, and System Boilers.


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It’s getting toward the end of October which means winter is well and truly on its way. The clocks are going back/forward and the Christmas adverts are already appearing. Talk of the Christmas work do and whether you are doing an office secret Santa has probably begun. With all the Christmas cheer, you do not want to make your staff unmotivated by not providing a comfortable office. If your workspace is cold, employees will be less productive and more likely to be off ill. With warm airs heaters, you can easily heat your commercial space. Warm air heating is cost effective and comfortable, providing a pleasant working environment at a reasonable cost. Whether you are heating a factory, warehouse, workshop, showroom, or just about any other building, warm air heating can provide an effective solution. If you are based in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, or elsewhere in South Wales, contact Eric Collier and Son today on 0845 2000100 to book your warm air heating service or installation.

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