Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Villa Plus and Air Con

I posted how cross I was when we arrived in Cyprus after a very long day to find no air-con in the main villa living area.

Now, to be fair to Villa Plus, their web site says air-con in the bedrooms. In my defence, I did not book/choose the Villa, I just paid. My stipulations were air-con and Internet. Whilst the rest of them like to lie in the sun by the pool all day, they know I do not, and so I would spend all day inside working or reading a book and want air-con and Internet. Someone did not read the web site very well.

However, Villa Plus are not without some faults.

1. Air-Con in the Bedrooms - good. But it is on a timer switch that does up to 4 hours only. Now, the whole point of air-con in the bedroom is so you can sleep. I don't know about you, but I sleep more that 4 hours. Well, I would, if it did not get too hot and I have to get up after 4 hours and restart the air-con timer. Then it comes on at full blast and noisy and not "quiet" as I had set it, so I have to faff with the remote as well. It seems most of us in the Villa are having to do this, interrupting a good night's sleep. Not really up to the job Villa Plus, and not impressed.

2. The details describe that any other units in the villa are for heating in the winter only. Well, no, as we found out for the fee of €250, they can be enabled and do cool. They work well, as it happens. Why make up shit and say only for heating?

3. Having spoken to Villa Plus, and suggested that we would just go and get a portable unit and put in the study so I could work, they agreed that for €250 they would get the air con enabled. What is odd is that they said they would get an "emergency electrician" in, at a cost to them of €500, but as there was some confusion, only charge us €250. This was, however, a ruse. What actually happened is the owner came in and enabled the air-con units. He is not an electrical - it was a matter of the power switch having the wires disconnected, and he connected them live (well, until the loud pop and flash). Why lie about this? Saying that it is €250 for the two weeks to cover the extra electric is plausible and not unreasonable given the wording of the web site (well, actually, no idea of actual cost incurred, but OK in principle).

So, yes, they sorted air-con for a fee, but made up all sorts of bullshit around it for no good reason, and the bedroom air-con is not actually fit for purpose (i.e. of sleeping more than 4 hours).

So be wary when getting a villa.

Apart from that, in the early morning or late at night, the pool is great and the otter box iPhone case is great for dodgy pool selfies.

5 comments:

  1. €250 for two weeks would be almost €0.75 per hour ... apparently Cyprus has the most expensive electricity in the EU, so I suppose averaging a few kW might be plausible. From the Kelly-grade wiring described, it's probably not the newest most efficient unit around either?

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  2. Talking of Kelly grade, I've just seen a couple of "Kelly Communications Working for Openreach" vans a few hundred yards away from work. We're doomed, nothing will ever be right again.

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  3. Can't you find the manual to re-program the air conditioning units?
    It sounds like an amateur attempt to save some money, using the built in auto-off function, which I'm assuming the maximum time is 4 hours (or a very misguided scrooge like approach).

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    1. It is the power feed to the air-con unit, not the unit itself. I could re-wire it :-)

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  4. My air con at home has a mode where if power is lost, when power comes back the air con will return to whatever it was doing before the power cut. This is not the default, it is enabled by holding down the solitary button on the unit itself for several seconds, waiting for the magic beeps to confirm you are in configuration mode, and then pressing the button again to toggle this mode. I only found out about this by reading the full manual. This cannot be enabled from the remote control, it is not in the "quick start" guide, and wasn't covered by the installation engineers in their briefing on how to use the unit. What I don't understand is why this isn't the default? If there's a power cut when I'm out or asleep, of course I want it to carry on as before when the power comes back on. Nothing else makes any sense.

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