Test Centre

Airedale has invested in a multi-million pound 1,323m² purpose-built facility that sets the standard as one of the most advanced air conditioning product testing centres of its kind, and one of the biggest in Europe.

Test Centre

Airedale International Air Conditioning has invested in a multi-million pound 1,323m² purpose built facility that sets the standard as one of the most advanced air conditioning product testing centres of its kind within the global air conditioning industry, and one of the biggest in Europe. This facility is integral to our development process and ensures guaranteed accuracy of our data and performance. It can also be used for witness tests to provide our customers with complete peace of mind prior to installation.

Capable of testing from -20°C up to +50°C

Designed and built to exceed stringent international standards, the refrigeration and air conditioning test centre is capable of testing a complete range of air conditioning equipment with cooling and heating capacities from 2kW to 500kW and air cooled water chillers up to 2MW, the climate temperature being fully controllable anywhere from -20°C to +50°C.

  • ISO5151 – Testing of A/C units & heat pumps – Non-ducted
  • Eurovent 6/6 Standard 6/6 and all rating standards
  • BSEN 814 – Rating tests, cooling & AC 8 HP
  • BSEN12055 – Rating tests, liquid chilling packages
  • BSEN ISO 11203 – Sound power measurement
  • BSEN 14511 – Air conditioners, liquid chilling packages and heat pumps, with electrically driven compressors for space heating and cooling
  • BSEN ISO9614 – Acoustic determination of sound power levels of noise sources using sound intensity
"I recently visited Airedale’s new facility with a customer from Denmark and I must say, we were blown away. Everything we saw was perfect, the test centre is incredible. My customer has used the official Danish Labs several times, and he said they’re like a kindergarten compared to the new facility in Leeds."

Refrigeration and air conditioning testing


Airedale tests all air conditioning units prior to despatch to our customers. This rigorous testing procedure involves both on-line safety testing for leaks, as well as post-production testing to ensure conformance to strict guidelines. In addition, customer witness tests are coordinated, where appropriate, in association with the customer to demonstrate individual product performance capabilities.

Airedale air conditioning operates a continuous research and development programme to develop innovative and high performance air conditioning units. This characteristically requires rigorous and complex development testing carried out in advanced insulated chambers with the capability to sustain a specific combination of ambient temperature conditions. The Airedale refrigeration and air conditioning laboratory ensures that Airedale’s air conditioning units consistently offer some of the industry’s leading proven environmental and cost performance figures, combined with the highest quality, reliability and service.

Behind the scenes in R&D

Watch our video as David Wilks, Global Research and Laboratory Manager, gives an insight into day-to-day operations in Research and Development at Airedale.



A 23000m2 centre of excellence for HVAC systems design, engineering, production and testing based in Leeds, West Yorkshire.


Innovative product development is key to Airedale’s success, setting air conditioning industry standards when it comes to manufacturing expertise and addressing industry, economic and environmental challenges.



Airedale are known as a company that always tries to push the boundaries of technology, investing into research & development with a focus on energy efficiency and the environment.