The K Club

Situated on the banks of the River Liffey in Straffan, Co. Kildare, The K Club is Ireland’s first AA 5 Red Star Hotel. 

This idyllic location is also home to two championship Golf Courses, the Palmer Ryder Cup Course and the Palmer designed Smurfit Course. 

Built in 1832, the original house was modelled on a French Château and still retains many of its original architectural features, art work and antiques.

Crystal Air were delighted to take the call regarding the supply, installation and maintenance of air conditioning systems in their newly built extension which comprises 70 bedrooms.

We are working with four out of five of the world’s largest technology firms

The challenge

Each room’s specifications required a heating and cooling solution that was energy efficient and effective in providing absolute comfort as well as user friendly controls for their guests use. A quiet system was a pre-requisite as to not disturb guests while they sleep.

The system needed to be aesthetically pleasing while maintaining the look and feel of the hotels French Château interior design.

The solution

For a quiet, discreet, easy to control heating and cooling air conditioning system, we decided the Panasonic VRF EC0i system perfectly matched the specifications given for the K Clubs heating and cooling requirements.

The extremely quiet MM Ducted Indoor Units and ultra-slim space-saving designs were produced specifically for the hotel sector where minimum noise requirements are a must.

We installed the accompanying easy-to-use control panels in each room so each guest could control and enjoy an environment specific to their needs. This system is optimised to provide maximum output with low energy consumption, which not only made the guests environment fresh and comfortable, but provided a nice boost to the K Club’s sustainability credentials.

“Crystal Air Ltd carried out a fantastic job of our air conditioning systems installation. I would have no hesitation in recommending this company in the future to any businesses requiring an air conditioned environment.”

Edwin Walsh

The K Club

Technology used

Panasonic’s 2-Pipe Mini ECOi VRF

Panasonic’s 2-Pipe Mini ECOi VRF

The 2-Pipe heat pump small VRF system, is specifically designed for the most demanding applications. Offering between 11 kW and 16 kW cooling capacity in 3 sizes and up to 9 indoor units connected, the Mini ECOi sets standards of performance and flexibility. Utilising R410A and DC inverter technology. The Mini ECOi is compatible with the same indoor units and controls as the rest of the ECOi range.

Panasonic’s 3-Pipe ECOi VRF

Panasonic’s 3-Pipe ECOi VRF

With simultaneous heating and cooling operation heat recovery type ECOi 3-Pipe is one of the most advanced VRF systems available. Not only offering high-efficiency and performance for simultaneous heating and cooling, its sophisticated design makes installation and maintenance much easier.

• Achieves COP 4.77 as the top class in the industry
• Simultaneous cooling or heating operation for up to 52 indoor units
• Small installation space, top class in the industry
• Rotation operation function and back-up operation function provided


David O'Brien


As Contracts Director and Co-founder of Crystal Air Ltd, David’s key area of responsibility includes the management of all installations ensuring projects are delivered from inception to client handover and to a high industry standard.

David has 35 years experience in the air conditioning industry and has been involved in project applications using Close Control systems, Chillers, VRV and DX systems. David has extensive experience in managing data centre projects across Ireland & Europe.

He is also a member of the Institute of Refrigeration Ireland. David is also directly responsible for Health & Safety and quality procedures are adhered to at all times while keeping up with the ever changing Health & Safety legislation.


Caroline Campbell


Caroline graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Honours) from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2005. She joined Crystal Air that year to work within our Service & Maintenance Department and having been previously promoted to Manager of this department she was appointed Director of Service & Maintenance in 2014 with responsibility for the growth and development of the department.

Her key role is the management of our existing customer relationships whilst ensuring that our customer expectations are exceeded through our planned preventative maintenance programmes and 24/7/365 reactive call-out and support service. Caroline also has responsibility for ensuring that our ISO accredited quality standards are adhered to and maintained throughout all departments within Crystal Air.


Domnick Ward


Domnick is the MD and founding partner of Crystal Air and is responsible for business development and key client relationships. His hands on approach keeps the team focused on new products and promotes innovation to find better engineered solutions while maintaining a healthy environment.

With over 30 years experience in the industry Domnick still enjoys the challenges here and abroad with input into our offices in Ireland, Holland and Finland. He is an active member of IRI and member of ASHRAE and a past chair of F-Gas IRI sub group and founder of FGR in Ireland. He also enjoys travelling and is known to play a round of golf.