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The Basics of Home Heating and Cooling

By | Air Conditioning

There are many ways to heat and cool your home, such as opening a window or making a fire, but the most effective and controllable method is to use HVAC systems. HVAC stands for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning – three functions that control air quality and temperature within a building. The term can refer to split air-con units in a house to mazes of ducts, vents and pipes in a multi-story building.Home Heating and Cooling

These systems control temperature and air quality control by applying different principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer

 

The Three Steps of Heating and Cooling

The first step is sourcing the treated air, or air that has been cooled down when it is warm outside, or warmed air when it is cold. The cooled air from your air conditioner and the warmed air from your furnace, boiler or heat pump come from two different sources.

The second step is distributing the treated air, which is your systems way of moving the treated air in and around rooms. Hot and cold air usually share the same distribution, including ducts and fans.

The third step is the air’s control, i.e the thermostat. This step regulates the temperature of the system.

Heating

Heating systems come in a variety of forms, ranging from split AC units that heat a single room, to larger boiler systems that can warm a whole multi-story building through a network of ducts.
Another popular option is hydronic heating, which heats via a series of pipes that run through a building’s flooring, which is particularly effective if the building has a dense material as its foundation, such as concrete or stone.

A furnace style heater burns material to provide heat through ductwork, which differs to boilers, which heat water for steam radiators or for forced-water systems. Furnaces generally operate on propane or natural gas, while boilers use gas or oil to heat water.

Some air conditioning units are capable of reversing their cycle, forming a heat pump. In this system, the indoor evaporator coil swaps roles and becomes a condenser coil, which produces heat.

Cooling

Split cooling systems are the most common central cooling systems, these include an outdoor cabinet which houses a condenser coil, compressor and an indoor evaporator coil. The system works by sucking heat energy into the refrigerant of the evaporator coil. The transfer of energy cools the air before the refrigerant is pumped back into the compressor unit to continue the cycle.

Heat absorbed by the refrigerant is taken outside, while the cool air is blown inside to cool the building, meanwhile moisture that creates humidity is also condensed from the air in the process. The heating and cooling system of a building usually share the same ductwork for distributing treated air, especially reverse cycle units.

If you have questions about installing an HVAC system or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or replacing filters, get in touch with HunterCON today. We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality.

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How To Get Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer

By | Air Conditioning

Christmas is coming and you know what that means? Summer’s coming with it. Before we get hit with those “How hot is it?” kind of days, make sure your air conditioner unit is prepared to keep you and your family cool. Getting your air conditioner in tip-top shape for summer means three things, efficiency, lower costs and fresh arctic breezes.Aircon Summer

As you might have guessed, most of the work in preparing your air conditioner comes down maintaining a steady airflow, as well as a bit of spring cleaning!

 

Here are a few key areas to consider, so you can be sure your air conditioner unit is running at 100% before the summer heat sets in.

Clean and Change Your Filters

Many people don’t know this but air conditioning filters need to be changed regularly and in the interim, a quick clean goes a long way to preserving your air flow. Filters are easily clogged and a build-up of debris can restrict airflow, meaning your unit will have to work harder to push out air. That’s power and money you don’t need to spend.

On central units, the filter is usually found behind a metal panel on the face of the blower – simply unscrew the panel and replace the filter. On window units, the filter is usually found on the face of the unit, behind a metal panel. Window units usually have permanent filters which require cleaning. After unscrewing the panel, clean the filter with a mixture of vinegar and water and allow it to dry out before refitting.

Clean the Condenser

Outdoor units tend to be more durable than their indoor counterparts, despite this, it’s important to check for dirt, leaves and twigs and anything else that could have built up over time. After removing foreign objects give the unit a good hose down.

You can make your life easy by mowing any grass or trimming any branches around the unit. Be sure to check that the concrete slab is steady and level, as an incline may mean the condenser has to work harder to make up air pressure. During the summer you should check the unit every week, hot temperatures and debris don’t mix!

Clean the Condenser Coils

For central air conditioning units, it is particularly important to check the condenser coils. The condenser should look like a fan with a cover, with vents or grills on the sides. To get to the coils you will have to remove the front and side panels as well as the protective grills.

You can use a coil brush or other soft brush, or even vacuum the coils from the outside of the unit. Heavy debris may require a commercial coil cleaner, which needs to be sprayed from the inside, away from the electrical components of the unit. If in doubt when using a liquid, cover the electrics with a plastic bag.

Check for Leaky Ducts or Pipes

Look for loose panels, loose joints and small holes in ductwork. You would be amazed how much a tiny leak can affect the efficiency of your overall system. Small leaks can be sealed with rubber or fabric-based tapes, but larger problems may require professional refitting.

The condensation line is another spot to check. This is the pipe that removes condensation from the unit. The moist conditions can create a perfect environment for algae to grow and clog your line. So if you suspect drainage problems, try unscrewing the pipe and cleaning it with an algaecide, which is available at most pool stores.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can do you wonders. Not only does it keep your home at a comfortable, constant temperature, but it can save you a lot of money by levelling out the temperature when the room is at an optimum. Without a programmable thermostat, you’re likely going to be turning the unit on and off regularly, which means your poor-old air conditioner has to work harder for the same effect.

A programmable thermostat can also be really convenient, you can set it to be off while you’re at work, and to turn on a few minutes before your in the driveway. What’s better than getting home to a nice, cool house on those hot summer afternoons.

If you are having issues with your AC system or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or replacing filters, get in touch with HunterCON today. We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality.

13 Tips Cool Summer

13 Ways To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

By | Air Conditioning

It’s no secret that we’re well and truly getting into the warmer months, but when the mercury rises, what steps can you take to make sure your home is as cool as a cucumber?

We all know about cranking the air con or dialling up the fan, but there are other steps you can take to cool down your home and even save you a bit of money on energy bills.
13 Tips Cool Summer

Taking steps to keep your home cool will not only ensure you’re comfortable all summer long, but can also help reduce your energy bills. Here are 13 easy tips to follow.

Limit Your Use of Electronic Devices

Devices such as dishwashers, ovens, lights and even chargers all give off heat. Try to limit your use of these items and switch off ones that you don’t need to use regularly.

Watch the Windows

A lot of heat comes through the windows of your home, which you can reduce by creating a bit of shade. Awnings and strategically planted trees go a long way, as do reflective coatings on your windows.

Open/Close

During the hottest part of the day, keep your windows and curtains/blinds closed, and in the evening open them to release trapped heat. Thin blinds won’t do a lot but thicker curtains certainly go a long way, and also make a big difference in the colder months.

White walls

You can’t block out all the heat, so a good way to deflect some is by painting your interior walls white. This also gives your home a nice modern touch.

Outside walls

What colour are your outdoor walls? How about your roof? As white deflects heat, black and other colours absorb it, so if you live in a hot climate lighter shades are going to do you the world of good.

Try Cooking Outdoors

It’s probably not the time for a roast dinner. If you haven’t already, invest in a BBQ, that way you can keep the heat out there, and also enjoy a bit of the outdoors with family and friends.

Dehumidify

If you live in a humid climate you’ll know how hard it is to get rid of excess moisture. No one likes being stuck in their own sticky sweat, so consider investing in a dehumidifier.

Venting

Here’s a little trick. Stovetop vents and bathroom and laundry fans are there to suck out hot air. If there’s a lot of heat built up in your home it can be a great way to get it out quick.

Insulation

Insulation is all about putting a barrier between you and the great outdoors. It comes in the form of thick foam as well as foil, and a combination of both can see your energy bills drop by up to 45%.

Use fans

Air conditioning is great, but using fans can help to supplement some of your energy bills. Try placing fans strategically to push air around the room.

A Cold Towel

Yes, really. It seems like an extreme measure but when the thermometers about to burst, a cold towel over the window goes a long way to reducing a room’s temperature, especially when combined with fans.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Setting your temperature to a nice steady temperature such as 25 degrees will save way more energy than blasting your aircon at 18 degrees for short periods of time.

Make Sure Your Air Conditioner Unit Is Maintained Properly

Make sure to clean out your air conditioners filters as well as the condenser coils before summer. Any trapped debris or particles will negatively affect your units ability to keep you cool when it matters most. Do the spring cleaning so you can put your feet up come summer!

If you have any questions about your AC system or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or replacing filters, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

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Choosing the Best Time for Your Air Conditioning Installation

By | Air Conditioning

Choosing the right time to buy an air conditioner can be very tricky, but if you time it right it will end up saving you both time and money. Different people have different needs – maybe your old unit just broke down in spring or perhaps you’re doing a renovation over the summer holidays? There are a few factors to consider to make sure your air conditioning installation is the most seamless experience possible.best commercial air conditioning service

Renovations and major works are always a bit of a pain, but if you do your research and plan for the best time to complete your air conditioning installation, you’ll be laughing when the summer heat rolls around.

 

Installing Before a Home is Built

This won’t work for everyone, but the best time to install is actually before the house is constructed. Many high-set or two-story homes simply don’t have the space to install fully ducted air after they are already built. Even if they do have space, reaching up into the ceiling and down into the floors can be very difficult, and therefore costly.

Implementing an air conditioner in the process earlier will mean less plaster has to be cut later down the track. A good air conditioning installer or HVAC professional should also be able to advise you on the best location for the unit, so you can maximise cooling in summer and heating in winter. If the unit is built into the design of your house, you will save money in the long-term. Unfortunately, you may not be able to install air conditioning when you are building or renovating, so picking the best time will be a matter of choosing the right time of year.

Installing In Summer

If you’ve left buying your air conditioner until summer, it’s likely you’ve left it until the last minute. Choosing summer for your air conditioner installation is, simply put, not ideal. It is the busiest time for installations, so it will likely be more difficult to book a HVAC professional to come to your home. Meanwhile, you’ll be waiting in the sweltering heat with no cooling options.

Rushing in to a purchase in summer also means you may have not had time to do the research to find a unit that is best for your home. It’s important to get a system that suits the size and shape of your house, so any rushed appointments may mean you’re left disappointed with the outcome.

Installing In Spring or Winter

Picking a month in the off-season is a much better time to install an air conditioning unit, but be sure to choose the right time.

• Although spring may seem like a good time to install a system, it is actually a very busy time for air con installers, with many people thinking they are getting ahead for the summer season.

• Winter is a common option that many choose, but, despite some people owning fireplaces, a lot of people still use their air conditioning unit in the colder months, so new installations or replacements may still be crowding the market.

Installing In Autumn

The best time to install an air conditioning unit is in autumn, as the demand is at its lowest. After the summer, retailers often are overstocked with units, so it’s a good time to look for sales and discounts. You might grab a bargain picking up last year’s model.

• Fewer buyers means that it will be easier to book an installer or HVAC professional. Less demand might also mean that you can secure a lower price.

• Thinking about your purchase in the off-season also means that you have more time to research exactly what kind of system will work for your property. It can even be a good idea to get multiple evaluations and quotes for your house so you can shop around and get the best deal possible.

• By having your air conditioner unit set up in autumn, you have adequate time to prepare and maintain the unit before the weather starts getting warm again.

Choosing the right time to buy an air conditioner unit will save you time and money and will also make the process less of a rush, so you can make the best decisions for your home.

If you have any questions about your AC system or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or replacing filters, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

6 Cool Facts You Might Not Know About the History of Air Conditioning

6 Cool Facts You Might Not Know About the History of Air Conditioning

By | Air Conditioning

Air con – it keeps us cool in the summer and warm in winter, but we didn’t always have such a handy bit of technology. Air conditioning in the past was expensive and cumbersome, and before that people just made do! Here are 6 cool facts about the history of air conditioning.

There’s no doubting air conditioning is an awesome invention, but how did it come about?6 Cool Facts You Might Not Know About the History of Air Conditioning

From the humble inventor to the first fitted out car, here are 6 cool facts about the history of air conditioning.

 

Cool Paper

Willis Carrier is credited with designing the first air conditioner, however, not for the reason you may expect. The pioneering engineer came up with the idea to control the humidity in a New York publishing house.

The company had issues with their paper soaking up excess moisture and as a result, it would expand and contract, leading to ink that would dry unevenly and sometimes smudge. Thanks to Carrier’s invention, the company’s paper could dry uniformly, resulting in an even print.

Costly Cooling

Early air conditioning units were big and expensive, so as you would expect only those with large homes and lots of money could afford them. How much money? The first air conditioning units cost between $10,000 and $50,000 – and that was in the early 1900s. These days that roughly translates to $120,000 to $600,000!

Summer Blockbuster

‘Summer blockbuster’ wasn’t always a term people thought off in the warmer months. In fact, films were released at other times of the year, because before air con, no one wanted to spend time in a hot crowded cinema during summer. But this all changed in the 1930s.

Cinemas started to fit their venues out with air conditioning and were amongst the first businesses to do so. It was also a big financial risk as the technology wasn’t cheap, and it was the great depression after all. But it sure paid off. Soon summer movie sessions became very popular. The combination of fresh cool air and entertainment was all too enticing, and ticket sales went through the roof. Film studios caught onto the trend and began timing their releases for the summertime and before long the biggest releases of the year became known as the ‘Summer blockbuster.’

Dr Air Con

Air conditioning isn’t just great because it keeps the sweat off your back, it’s also good for your health! As it results in steady controlled temperature environments, air conditioning has allowed medical scientists to perform new procedures and experiments that have led to many innovations in the field. Many medications also need to be held at a certain temperature so that they keep, and in fact, the average life expectancy has increased as a result!

American researches have also found that air conditioning has decreased the chance of the sick and elderly dying on hot days, a statistic that has fallen more than 80 per cent in the last 50 years.

First Air Con in a Car

The Packard Super Eight, released in 1939, was the first car to be fitted with air conditioning. To be frank, it wasn’t exactly a hit: the car was very expensive and the whole system took up half of the cars boot space. There was also no built-in thermostat, so the only option to regulate temperature was to shut down the blower unit. The technology eventually became more practical and commonplace in the post-war period.

Before Air Conditioning

We might take it for granted now, but before air conditioning, people had to get pretty creative to keep cool in the warmer months.

• In ancient times people would live in underground houses or even caves to cool off in the summer months.

• In more recent times, buildings were constructed with higher ceilings, breezeways and shady eves to create a cooling effect. Architects no longer worry with such features since the advent of air conditioning.

• Stone was also a much more common building material before air conditioning. Although heavy and costly, it provided great insulation.

• It was a common practice to store ice blocks in a cool dark place during the winter. When the warmer months arrived the ice blocks would be used in homes for cooling and refrigeration. In fact, when air conditioning was first introduced, cooling power was measured as ‘ice power’, or the number of ice blocks needed to perform the same cooling.

• Before air conditioning, some workplaces such as warehouses, elevated offices and industrial manufacturing facilities were simply unbearable during summer, so many industries had months of holidays at a time. So, many people have air conditioning to thank for a lack of holidays!

From AC installations to repairs and maintenance, HunterCon always makes sure you receive the best possible service. We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you’re looking for an air con installation quote, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing Air Con services of the highest quality, Get in touch with us today.

If you have any questions regarding security in your house, or are looking for a quote for system installation, maintenance or repairs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

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11 Ways To Reduce Your Emissions at Home

By | Air Conditioning, Electrical

It is extremely important that as a global community we all take steps to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. There are a number of ways you can do this in your everyday life. Many are to do with lifestyle choices that we won’t look at here.

What we do want to bring to light is what you can do in your home to reduce emissions. Most of these are very easy and can make a huge difference in the long run. Let’s take a look.

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There are many things you can do to reduce your emissions at home in order to do your part for the environment. Most are very easy.

 

Check Your Insulation

Poorly insulated homes will require far more energy to heat. If you live in an older home, it is a good idea to check what kind of insulation you have, and consider how this can be updated if necessary. This doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg – there are DIY insulation options that are very effective and affordable. For example, if you can access underneath your floors, you may be able to pack insulation (such as foam) between the joists.

Change Your Lightbulbs

Energy efficient light bulbs are a slightly larger investment when you buy them, but they use far less energy in the long run. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs are better options than incandescent bulbs. And if everyone makes the switch, it can eliminate a huge amount of greenhouse gas.

Upgrade Your Water Heating

Older gas and oil boilers are extremely inefficient and can be hugely wasteful when it comes to energy consumption. Consider upgrading your boiler – this will require an upfront investment, but you will save money in the long run, and help reduce your emissions significantly.

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances

Those star ratings on your appliances aren’t just a marketing tool – they actually mean something. While all modern appliances need to meet a certain standard to make their way into the market, the more stars, the more energy efficient your appliance will be. Although those with more stars are more expensive, they will save you money in the long run and are much more environmentally friendly.

Consider Ways You Can Use You Appliances Less

Sure, we buy appliances because they make life more convenient. But do you sometimes use yours unnecessarily? Do you use your dryer when you could just as easily sun dry. Do you put a load of dishes on when the dishwasher is basically empty, or when you could have washed them by hand? Do you use your heater or fan when the temperature is actually quite nice? Think about all the ways you can use your appliances less and get into better habits. You’ll be surprised at how much of an impact this can make.

Use Lights Less

If you’re in the habit of leaving lights on unnecessarily, make a conscious effort to switch them off when they aren’t being used. The same goes for electronics like computers, TVs and stereos – switch them off when not in use. Even when on standby these things consume quite a lot of energy.

Seal Your Doors and Windows

Seal your windows – a lot of heat is lost through windows, often through small cracks and gaps. Sealing these is a cheap and effective way to save energy. The same goes for doors. Snakes are cheap and a really great way to stop the passage of air between rooms and indoors/outside. Grab yourself a few and use them where possible.

Consider Investing In Renewable Energy

If it’s within your means, consider investing in renewable sources of energy like solar power. Solar panels can be expensive but they are extremely sustainable.

Take Short Showers Not Baths

A large portion of the energy used by households is for heating water used for bathing and showering. Showering uses significantly less water than bathing and is a far more energy efficient option. When you do take a shower, keep it short. On a similar note, try and limit all running hot water, such as when you are brushing your teeth, cleaning your face or wet shaving.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Get into good habits with recycling everything you can and reducing your overall waste. Buy products with minimal packaging to reduce waste. Compost what you can. Recycle your clothes. Think sustainably!

Keep Your Air Conditioning Unit In Top Condition

Regularly cleaning maintaining your AC system will help ensure it is running at maximum efficiency and not wasting any energy unnecessarily.

We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient electrical and air conditioning services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for an air con installation quote or electrical advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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How To Get The Most Out of Your New Air Conditioner

By | Air Conditioning

Whether you’re approaching summer or creeping into the depths of winter, making the decision to install an air conditioner in your home can be very exciting.

Once installed though, what can you do next to ensure you’re getting the most out of your unit? There are a few things to do to ensure your AC is kept is running efficiently and effectively. Let’s take a look.

New Air Conditioner

Getting a new air conditioner is an exciting process, but how do you make sure you’re getting the most of it once it has been installed? Let’s take a look.

 

Talk To Your Installer About Implementing a Preventative Maintenance Plan

One of the best ways to ensure your AC system is kept in tip-top shape (and to not have to worry about it yourself!) is to talk to your installer or technician about implementing a preventative maintenance plan with routine checkups. Regular maintenance will ensure that your unit is kept in optimal condition all year round, ultimately leading to a reduction in repair costs, lower electricity bills, and an increase in the life expectancy of your system.

Cleaning and Changing Your Filters

Even with little use, your air conditioner will collect dust, pollen, and fur. Cleaning and replacing your air filters is an important part of the general maintenance process to remove this debris. Filters are an important component of your AC system. They are usually made of a fine material like pleated paper or cloth stretched across a sturdy frame.

Clogged filters are one of the common causes of major malfunctions in air con systems. A dirty filter will also allow less air to pass through, causing fans to work harder, increasing energy consumption and slowly damaging your system. Clogged filters can also lead to a buildup of contaminants in your ducts.

You should inspect your filters every other month. If they are dirty, clean them gently outside. If they are damaged in some way, they may need replacing (read more about this here).

Cleaning The Condenser

Although they are sturdier than the indoor unit, outdoors units need attention too. This involves inspecting the condenser to check for any dirt, leaves, twigs or other debris. After that, give the unit a good gentle hose down.

Keep The Unit Running

Although it may seem counterintuitive, keeping the unit running will boost its efficiency and help save money in the long run. Constantly turning your unit off and on will mean your unit has to work harder to get up to speed. If there are you are feeling too hot or cooled, simply adjust the temperature rather than turning your unit off.

Be Aware of Exhaust Fans In Your Home

Exhaust fans, such as those in kitchens and bathrooms, can suck in the air that your unit is producing and vent it outside. This is a waste of energy, so be sure to use them only when needed, and if possible close any doors that between rooms where this could happen.

Be Wary of Any Open Doors In Your House

If your air conditioner is being used to heat/cool a centralised space, be sure to close off any unused rooms, closets or parts of the house where the air might be wasted. The greater the area your unit has to heat, the harder it will have to work.

If you are having issues with your AC system or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or replacing filters, get in touch with HunterCON today. We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality.

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How To Choose The Best Commercial Air Conditioning Service

By | Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is essential in many commercial environments, be it a retail store, office block, or shopping centre. There are a range of AC systems to choose from for these kinds of spaces to suit different sizes, layouts or specific requirements, and choosing the best commercial air conditioning service to help you make your decision, and provide ongoing maintenance and support, is very important. To help you make the right choice about what service provider to go with, here are a few key things to consider.

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If you’re looking for the best commercial air conditioning service in Sydney, get in touch with HunterCON for a quote today.

Are They Licensed?

As with any trade, it’s important to work with a certified AC maintenance provider to ensure peace of mind throughout the entire job. Licensed AC specialists carry an ARCtick number, meaning they are qualified to handle the dangerous materials involved with air conditioning units. This also means they are fully qualified to advise on how the system works, general upkeep, formulate preventative maintenance plans and service your system when it needs it.

We are full licensed by the Australian Refrigeration Council and have years of experience working in the industry, so you know you can count on us.

Are They Full-Service Commercial Air Conditioning Specialists?

When it comes to choosing the best commercial AC specialist, it’s important to look at their skill set and service offerings. The best provider will have a wide range of skills, and not be limited to a single service. This way they can manage every aspect of your AC system: installation, ongoing maintenance, emergency servicing.

The latter is particularly important for commercial systems where a fault or breakdown can have a huge impact on the comfort of staff and productivity of your business. You’ll want to be able to solve the problem efficiently, and who knows your system better than the person who installed it?

Here at HunterCON we offer a wide range of AC services and have a wealth of experience with systems of all kinds, so no matter the size of the job, we can help. We are also fully qualified electricians, meaning we can solve any issue that may be affecting your system. From installation to maintenance, we’re your guys.

Are They Familiar With Your Unit?

Although many AC systems are quite similar, you’ll want to ensure you engage a maintenance provider who knows your unit inside and out, particularly with commercial systems where there may be nuances with its configuration.

We are commercial air conditioning experts with a thorough understanding of all kinds of units. Even if we didn’t install your system, we work with all major brands and know every model like the back of our hand, so we are confident we’ll find a solution to any issues you’re having fast. Some of the brands we work with regularly include:

• Daikin
• LG
• Actron Air
• Fujitsu
• Samsung
• Temperzone

How Well Do The Communicate?

The best commercial air conditioning service is the one that communicates clearly and efficiently throughout the entire job, right from the first phone call. Experience and expertise is evident in how well a service provider can answer your questions, the way they quote, and how they interact with you over the course of a job.

We pride ourselves on putting relationships with our customers first, no matter the size of the job. Having a nimble team means we can offer ongoing support to all of our clients and see that you always know who you are talking to. We always quote clearly, so you know what you’re getting and how much it is going to cost you.

Are They Local?

Commercial air conditioning service is all about speed and efficiency, so working with a specialist who is local is very important. For example, some AC breakdowns are considered emergencies, and will require attention right away – you don’t want to be left in the lurch by a provider who is based on the other side of the city.

We are based in Sydney’s Inner West. However, our operations span the greater metro area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. We always respond quickly and always aim to be on-site as soon as possible.

With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing commercial air conditioning services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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What Is The Ideal Indoor Temperature?

By | Air Conditioning

The role of an air conditioner is to ensure the temperature in your home is perfect all year around. But what exactly is the ideal temperature? And what should you be setting your thermostat to in order to ensure maximum comfort without breaking the bank?

Of course, the ideal temperature is entirely subjective. Everyone has their preferences, all homes are different, and certain circumstances may influence how warm or cool you need a room, so what you set your thermostat to will depend entirely on you.

ideal indoor temperature

What is the ideal indoor temperature? That’s a tricky one. There are a few factors that will influence this, but there is an answer. Let’s take a look.

In medical terms, the ideal indoor temperature is somewhere between 15 and 25 degrees celsius. This is a fairly big range – 10 degrees. Where you choose to set your thermostat in this range will depend on a few factors:

• The size of your home, its layout, orientation, environmental factors, there are myriad factors that may affect how you set your temperature. For example, your house may be particularly drafty when there is a breeze or the room you are heating/cool may get a lot of sunlight in the morning but not in the afternoon. Depending on the type of system you have you may want to set different temperatures in different rooms to mitigate these discrepancies, or you may want to change your thermostat at different points during the day.

• Personal circumstances may affect how warm or cool you need your home. For example, you may have a newborn and need to keep your house warmer than you would find comfortable. Or you may be looking after an elderly parent or relative and need to keep the house quite cool in summer.

• Humidity can significantly affect how you feel the heat or cold. In winter, the air is typically much drier, which makes your skin feel colder. Whereas in summer, the humidity can make you feel sweaty and uncomfortable, encouraging you to crank up the AC.

• Your weight (and the weight) of your family may also have an impact on how you feel indoors. Those with a higher BMI will feel warm easier, while those with a lower BMI usually get cold easier.

• Your age will also have an impact. As we get older, we tend to feel the cold more so than younger people. Anyone over the age of 55 may feel more inclined to turn up the air con in winter.

So where does this leave us?

Well, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that you keep your thermostat between 21 and 18 degrees at home if you’re healthy, don’t have any young children, or are not elderly and are appropriately dressed. This means wearing a jumper, pants and socks indoors. Anything below 16 degrees or above 24 degrees is not considered ideal.

We should also note that turning your air conditioning down (colder) in summer and up (hotter) in winter doesn’t cool or heat the space any quicker, the temperature of the conditioned air is always constant. This means that the system will only run for longer, costing you more in electricity.

If you are thinking of installing an air conditioner in your home, or require maintenance or servicing for an existing unit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

We are based in Sydney’s Inner West. However, our operations span the greater metro area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing commercial air conditioning services of the highest quality.

Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning

What Is Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning?

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Here in Sydney, we experience a wide-ranging climate, with sweltering summers and winters that, while not as bad as many other parts of the word, can get quite chilly. On top of this, many houses here (particularly older ones) are poorly insulated, which can make them feel icy cold in winter and quite stuffy in summer.

Because of this, it’s likely that you will need an air conditioner that both heats and cools to stay comfortable all year around. The solution? Reverse cycle air conditioning.
Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning

Reverse cycle air conditioning is ideal in Sydney because it has both heating and cooling capabilities, so it’s the most energy efficient option available. 

A reverse cycle air conditioner is a unit that has both heating and cooling capabilities. This is the most energy efficient way to control the climate in your home in both winter and summer as you will only need to install a single system, rather than separate ones for different seasons.

How Do They Work?

The way that reverse cycle air conditioners (also known as heat pumps) work is quite simple. They function in a similar way to a refrigerator in that they have an internal coil and external coil, which are connected by piping that is filled with refrigerant. When the unit is being used to warm a room, refrigerant is pumped from the compressor to the internal coil as a high pressure, producing heat, the refrigerant is then passed through the external coil expelling any cold air picked up at the internal coil. When the unit is in cooling mode, the role of the two coils is reversed by reversing the flow of the refrigerant.

What Are The Benefits of Using a Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner?

There are number of benefits of using a reverse cycle air conditioner:

• They are one of the most energy efficient ways to control the climate in your home

• They provide both heating and cooling, so you only have to buy a single system

• They remain cool to touch at all times because they have no exposed elements or flames

• They also filter and dehumidify air

• They are flexible, with a range of configurations and features to suit the needs of any home

• They run very quietly

• They are better for the environment

• They are extremely sturdy and will last for many years

What Kinds of Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners Are There?

The are different types of reverse cycle air conditioners to choose from, and deciding which is best for your home will depend on a few things, like how big your home is and how many rooms you wish to heat/cool.

Split Systems

This is the kind of system where the condenser is fixed externally outside the home and the head unit is fixed inside the home. These are connected by piping, which carries the refrigerant. The indoor unit is usually fitted to a wall. Split systems are area-specific, meaning they are limited to cooling/heating a single room so they are best suited to small properties or apartments. If the ability to heat or cool multiple rooms is needed, a multi-split system may be the better option for you.

Multi-Split Systems

Multi-split systems are systems with more than one indoor unit connected to a single outdoor unit. These systems can have up to seven internal units, and each one can be controlled independently. This means that specific rooms can be set at different temperatures, all from a remote. They are great for larger homes, or homes that wish to be able to control the temperature in several rooms.

Ducted Systems

Ducted systems consist of a heat pump, which is located outside or in a roof space, ducting that distributes the warm or cool air throughout a house, and vents that blow the conditioned air into a room. This type of air conditioning will require a certain amount of cavity space for installation, so may not be suited to every home. They are best suited to larger homes or commercial spaces looking to control the temperature throughout the entire building. Some ducted air conditioning systems even allow for separate zones, meaning you have temperature control of individual rooms.

We are fully-licensed air conditioning installers (and electrical specialists) with a wealth of industry experience. We’re located in Sydney’s Inner West, and we service the greater metropolitan area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West.

From AC installations, to repairs and maintenance, we always make sure our customers receive the best possible experience. We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you’re thinking about installing reverse cycle air conditioning in your home or business. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.