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BLOG: Fiddling while the UK burns

Do you think this glimpse of summer has taught the average UK building owner or operator about timely maintenance?

I have just had the rare delight of being a media pundit. The services of your RAC Editor were required on BBC Radio Leeds (next stop Newsnight) in its ‘Specialist Magazine’ slot, and no prizes for guessing what the presenter wanted to talk about first. “I bet you lot have been busy in this heatwave…”

It gave me a chance to say yes, the rac industry has been going hell for leather in the last week or so, as the population of Britain has corporately cranked up its air conditioning and then found it doesn’t work properly, because no-one has thought to maintain it the rest of the year.

But the problem is cooling companies nationwide say this every heatwave, and still far too many building owners dont give it a thougth until the occupiers are melting, or turning up for work in vest and pants. Think how different life would be if everyone was on scheduled maintenance contracts, allowing the industry to properly plan its work.

I know we are in an age of austerity, but we are also in an age of unprecedented energy costs, which well-kept systems will help reduce - so surely more than ever these people are ripe for convincing to be a bit less British when it comes to maintenance?

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