Since opening in 2008, Penguin has expanded from a staff of 5 to today’s complement of 19. No longer just specialists in air-conditioning, Penguin offers expertise in all aspects of energy-saving home heating & cooling: solar systems for hot water, photovoltaic (PV) solar systems for self-generation of electricity, and top-efficiency heat pumps for warm water underfloor and radiator systems.
With experience and expansion comes larger projects. Nowadays, Penguin works with architects, engineers and builders to design & install sophisticated, fully-integrated systems for new homes. Director Chris Blackburn emphasises the company’s credentials. “We’re a fully-accredited company with an ‘Alvara’ licence, experienced installers, qualified HVAC and gas technicians, electricians, plus our own building capabilities”, he says. “With the credibility and resources we now have at our disposal, we’re increasingly being invited to contribute to construction projects from the foundations up, from standard-size homes to large luxury residences.”
Many such properties incorporate superb technical rooms that are shining examples of modern systems sophistication and engineering innovation. “We offer a high level of installation capability and take pride in the technical rooms we’ve installed - not just technically but aesthetically too”, says Chris.
“Our pedigree is as a customer-responsive business, and the technologies we install are based on performance, not an allegiance to specific brands. When involved in a construction project, we act as a clear interface to understand the client’s needs and preferences, apply technical solutions tailored to those requirements, then work with other project players to ensure successful integration into the property’s design and build. We also offer on-going technical support to the homeowner after completion.”
Coupled with energy-efficient systems are the latest ‘smart’ devices that make any home easier to monitor, control, and achieve maximum energy savings.
Yet, even as Penguin embraces all aspects of 21st century energy-smart technologies, air conditioning remains at the company’s core. Reflecting this, the May 2016 issue of consumer magazine Pro Teste (equivalent to Which? in UK) published a rating of Algarve air-con installers, with overall top marks awarded to – Penguin!
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