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Air Conditioning Glossary: Key Terminology Explained

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All trades have their own set of terms and jargon that may sound like gibberish to the average consumer. The world of air conditioning is sadly, no different. When it comes to buying, installing and repairing an air conditioner, there is some terminology that you may hear cropping up again and again. Instead of having to nod your head confused, as a repairman unloads these new terms, we thought we’d cover some of the basics for you in our air conditioning glossary. This way,  you should be able to make more informed decisions regarding your AC needs.

air conditioning glossaryFrom ARC to zoning, this air conditioning glossary will cover some of the key terminologies you might encounter in the world of AC.

Here’s our air conditioning glossary of trade-specific terms you should know:

AIRCON FILTER: 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. Their function is to filter the air that passes in and out of your HVAC system. They collect small particles of contaminants that may affect the health and wellbeing of you, your family or your employees, including dust, dirt, pollen, mould, lint and other fibres, bacteria, hair or animal fur, and particles of wood, metal or plastics.

ARC: This is the Australian Refrigeration Council, the ‘peak industry body’ for refrigeration and air conditioning. They provide leadership and knowledge to the climate control industry through licensing and regulatory assistance, technical advice, promoting training quality, connecting customers to ARC-licensed businesses and providing free promotional materials for ARC-licensed businesses.

ARCTICK: The ARCTICK license must be held by any person who carries out work with refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) equipment. Handling fluorocarbon refrigerant without a Refrigerant Handling Licence is an offence. You should only hire an AC specialist with an ARCTICK license.

COMMISSIONING: Air conditioning commissioning is the process of inspecting a new unit after installation, making sure it is running perfectly.

DUCT: Ducts are the passages used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning that deliver and remove air. They are used in ducted systems.

DUCTED SYSTEM: Ducted air conditioners are installed internally, often within the roof. From a central unit, a series of ducts will cool or heat individual rooms. This type of air conditioner will require a certain amount of cavity space for installation, so may not be suited to every home. They are more suitable for commercial or industrial facilities.

INDOOR UNIT: The indoor unit is located inside. It is the part that blows hot or cold air into a room. It contains the heat exchange coil, filters, remote receiver and fan.

HEATING OR COOLING CAPACITY: This is the amount of heating/cooling the unit can produce.

HVAC: This stands for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning – a trio of functions that, as a whole, control thermal comfort and air quality in a building. It is basically a blanket term encapsulating everything from a split AC unit for a house, to a large ducted air conditioning and ventilation system for an industrial complex or skyscraper.

MULTI-SPLIT SYSTEM: This system comprises of one outdoor unit which is connected to multiple indoor units. There are numerous benefits to a multi-split air conditioning unit. They are extremely efficient and capable of powering up to six interior rooms at once. With this system, each indoor unit can be controlled individually. This means that specific rooms can be set at different temperatures, all from a remote.

OUTDOOR UNIT: The outdoor unit is the external part of the AC system, which contains the compressor, fan, and heat exchange coil, and pumps refrigerant to and from the indoor unit where it is heated and cooled.

REFRIGERANT: Refrigerant is the substance that ‘conditions’ the air it blows. Without refrigerant, air conditioners, fridges or freezers wouldn’t exist. It is a compound, either fluid or gas, that creates hot and cold air when combined with components like compressors and evaporators.

Some kinds of refrigerants are outdated, such as R12 or R22. These substances are older and are known to contribute to the greenhouse gas effect. The R22 started being phased out in 2010 and R12 was phased out in the 1990s. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) like R410A and R134 is the standard today.

REGASSING: Although relatively uncommon, regassing is one of the key processes involved with air conditioning maintenance and repairs. If installed correctly, an air-con unit should not usually have to be regassed. However, older units, or those that weren’t installed by a professional installer, may need to be assessed and serviced. This involves checking for refrigerant leaks, fixing a leak if present, and replacing refrigerant if required.

SPLIT SYSTEM: Split systems are prevalent in homes all sizes. This type of air con refers to a system where the condenser is fixed externally outside the home, and the head unit is fixed inside the home.

THERMOSTAT: The device that controls the climate of a room by relaying information to the AC unit.

ZONING: The process of controlling the climate of separate rooms in a building. Older air conditioners could only be set to a single temperature. However, modern technology allows us to now control the temperature in separate rooms with a single unit.

If you’re looking for an aircon installation quote, or for someone to repair or maintain your system, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Our operations span the greater metro area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. We always respond quickly and aim to be on-site as soon as possible. With over 10 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of fast and efficient service.

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14 Tips That Will Make Your Home Energy Efficient and Cut Costs

By | Air Conditioning, Electrical

The weather in Sydney is harsh. Summers are sweltering, and winters can get quite cold – not to mention that many older homes aren’t built for the cold weather. Air conditioning is prevalent in Sydney; roughly 2 in 3 homes in Sydney have air-con installed. However, this means that many residents have to face an ongoing battle with energy bills – ensuring their homes are as energy-efficient as possible. Are you fretting that your bills are higher than they should be? We’re here to help.
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Energy bills are a concern for every Australian. Here 14 tips for making your home more energy-efficient.

There are several things you can do to make your house more energy-efficient. Some are cheap; some more expensive, some are suitable if you’re renting, some are only possible if you own your home. Let’s take a look!

Use Light Coloured Paint Inside – Paint your walls with light coloured paint (such as white or cream). This will help reflect sunlight inside, making rooms feel well-lit and reducing the need to use lights.

Insulate Flooring – There are many options for flooring insulation. What you choose will depend on what kind of home you have and how much you want to spend. If you can access underneath your floors, you may be able to pack insulation (such as foam) between the joists. This is a fairly affordable option. Another option is to install insulation between the floor base and the floorboards or carpet. If you have an attic space that you can access, consider adding insulation here too.

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.

Use Door Snakes – A lot of heat is also lost underneath doors. Door snakes are cheap and a really great way to stop air passing between rooms – inside or outside. Grab yourself a few and use them where necessary.

Change Your Lightbulbs – Energy efficient light bulbs are a slightly larger investment when you buy them, but they will save you money in the long run. Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs are all better options than incandescent bulbs.

Switch off Power When It Is Not In Use – Pretty obvious tip, right? Chargers for mobile phones and computers, lamps, televisions and appliances – all consume energy. Even they are not in use. It’s not much, but it can amount to a fair portion of your energy bill for a big home. Switch off power when not in use.

Wash Your Clothes With Cold Water – Using warm water to wash your clothes can consume a significant energy amount. Always use cold water unless necessary.

Take Showers Not Baths – A large portion of households’ energy is for heating the 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 brushing your teeth, cleaning your face or wet shaving.

Close Your Doors – If you have a large house, it is important to consider “zoning” – closing doors where possible to trap in heat or coolness. If you have a door that leads to a garage or laundry, keep it closed!

Turn off Your Lights – This is energy cost-saving 101. Please turn off the lights whenever they are not in use.

Dry Clothes Naturally Instead of Using a Dryer – Even in winter, sun drying clothes is fine, even if it takes a little longer. Avoid using your dryer where possible. Electric dryers are one of the main culprits to hefty electricity bills.

Close Curtain on Hot Days – Closing curtains on hot days can help keep out sunlight and trap in cool air.

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances – All modern appliances have an energy star rating displayed on the front. Buy the most efficient one you can afford – the more stars, the better. If you want to know more about how this system works, check out our guide here.

Keep Your Air Conditioning Unit In Top ConditionRegularly maintaining your AC system will help ensure it runs at maximum efficiency.

If you follow these 14 tips to the best of your situation, not only will your house be energy efficient… your electricity bill will be significantly reduced as well. Worried your AC isn’t up to scratch? We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient air conditioning services of the highest quality.

If you’re looking for an aircon installation quote, or for someone to repair or maintain your system, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Our operations span the greater metro area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. We always respond quickly and aim to be on-site as soon as possible.

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Regassing your Air Conditioning Unit: A complete guide

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Regassing Your Air Conditioning Unit: A complete guide

By | Air Conditioning

Although relatively uncommon, re-gassing is one of the key processes involved with air conditioning maintenance and repairs. If installed correctly, an AC unit should not usually have to be regassed. However, older units or those that weren’t installed by a professional installer may need to be assessed and serviced. This involves checking for refrigerant leaks, fixing a leak if present, and replacing refrigerant if required.

AC refrigerantAlthough a properly installed AC unit should not leak any refrigerant, it may need regassing at some point. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Air Conditioning Refrigerant?

Simply put, the refrigerant is the substance that ‘conditions’ the air it blows. Without refrigerant, air conditioners, fridges or freezers wouldn’t exist. It is a compound, either fluid or gas, that creates hot and cold air when combined with compressors and evaporators.

Over the years, the common refrigerants used for air conditioning have changed in favour of new developments. Older refrigerants may be chlorofluorocarbons or hydrochlorofluorocarbons, whereas newer refrigerants are hydrofluorocarbons, which are safer for the environment and offer greater efficiency.

How Does It Work?

In air conditioners, the refrigerant is housed in copper coils. Here they absorb heat and are transformed from a high-pressure gas to a low-pressure liquid. The indoor unit delivers this hot air to the outdoor unit, where it is exhausted.

The refrigerant then cools down, returning to its low-pressure gas form. A fan then blows air onto the cool coils, which then cools the air. This is distributed via the indoor unit. This cycle continues as needed.

Why your unit might need regassing

Air conditioning units shouldn’t have to be regassed if they’ve been installed properly. Professional installers use special ‘flaring’ tools to make extremely tight connections. The pipes used are copper, which is not porous and won’t leak. After installed, the system will then be tested to ensure it is stable and will hold for its lifetime.

The only reason that a unit may need to be regassed is if the pipe connections are not flared or tightened properly, or if the pipes are damaged somehow during their lifetime. However, if you use a trustworthy, professional installer like HunterCON, you can be assured that you will never have to worry about regassing. Not only that, but you’ll be put on our 5-year installation warranty plan. Even if something happens to your AC unit, you won’t have to worry. Youtube to WAV

How Do You Know If You Need To Upgrade Your Refrigerant?

You will probably want to replace your refrigerants if they’re outdated. How do you know? Head outside and take a look at the exterior unit. If it is labelled R12 or R22, it’s time to have your refrigerant replaced. These substances are older and are known to contribute more to the greenhouse gas effect. They’ll also make your AC unit less efficient, which means pricier energy bills. The R22 started being phased out in 2010 and R12 was phased out in the 1990s. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) like R410A and R134 is the standard today.

Contact Us Today

Looking for an air conditioning installation specialist in Sydney? Give us a call today. With over 9 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of fast and efficient service. Our operations span the greater metro area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. We always respond quickly and aim to be on-site as soon as possible.

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Air Conditioner Filters: A guide to cleaning & replacing

By | Air Conditioning

Maintaining your air conditioning unit is crucial for ensuring its wellbeing and extending its lifespan. Being proactive with maintenance involves keeping a close eye on your system and contacting an air conditioning repair specialist if you notice anything isn’t quite right.

We’ll cover the importance of cleaning and replacing filters and what filter is best for your needs.
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Keeping your air conditioner filters clean and replacing them when they are damaged is essential for keeping your unit in top condition.

Cleaning and replacing your air filters is an important part of the general maintenance process. This will help ensure your unit is running at optimum performance levels, increasing efficiency and reliability. These measures will ultimately lead to a reduction in repair costs and an increase in your system’s life expectancy; no complaints there.

Why Are Air Conditioner Filters So Important? 

Filters are an important component of your AC system. They are usually made of fine material like pleated paper or cloth stretched across a sturdy frame.

Their function is to filter the air that passes in and out of your HVAC system. They collect small particles of contaminants that may affect the health and wellbeing of you, your family or your employees, including dust, dirt, pollen, mould, lint and other fibres, bacteria, hair or animal fur, and particles of wood, metal or plastics.

Why Is Cleaning and Replacing Filters So Important?

So why is the cleaning and replacing AC filters so important? Well, there are several reasons. First of all, clogged filters are among the most common causes of major malfunctions in an AC system. 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 (if you have a ducted system).

How Often Does Your Filter Need Cleaning and Replacing?

Depending on your AC system’s environment, your air filters will need to be inspected every other month and cleaned if you notice they have become quite dirty. It will be quite easy to assess if your filter is too dirty. If your filter looks excessively dirty or damaged in some way, it may need to be replaced. Keep an eye out for any holes, wrinkles or tears – these are telltale signs that your filter needs replacing.

How Should I Clean My Air Conditioner Filters?

Cleaning dirty air conditioning filters isn’t too complicated. The main trick is to be gentle, to avoid damaging or putting a hole in your filter. If this happens, a replacement will be necessary. To clean, wash the filters with warm water, then let them dry before inserting them back into the AC. If the filters are especially filthy, some mild soap detergent will help eliminate potential odours.

Finding the Right Replacement

If your AC filters need replacing, what filter should you go for?

Different filters have different efficiency ratings called MERV ratings – this stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. In general, the cheaper the filter, the lower the MERV rating. These range from 1-16.

• Filters with a MERV rating of 1-4 are the lowest quality. They provide basic filtration and are the cheapest option. They may be suitable for low-intensity environments.

• Filters with a MERV rating of 5-8 are the next step up, providing good filtration levels at a relatively low cost. They are suitable for smaller systems, such as those in homes.

• Filters with a MERV rating of 9-13 are of higher quality and are more expensive. They can capture tiny particles.

• Filters with a MERV rating of 14-16 are the best you can buy. They can capture minuscule particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Contact Us Today

If you are curious about the most suitable filter for you, get in touch with your AC installer or specialist. They will be able to advise you on the best option.

If you are having issues with your AC system or would like to know more about replacing filters, get in touch with HunterCON today. We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. We are based in the 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 aim to be on-site as soon as possible.

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Understanding the Energy Star Rating when buying an air conditioner

By | Air Conditioning

Everyone has seen the energy star ratings stuck on the front of appliances, but not everyone knows exactly what they mean. You may shrug these off as being overly technical – but the system is actually quite easy to understand. Let’s take a look!

energy star ratingUnderstanding the energy star rating system is very important when buying an air conditioner. Here’s a look at how it works.

Why Are The Stars There and Where Did They Come From?

The energy star rating system is a joint government and industry initiative that was established to help consumers make more informed decisions about how energy efficient the products they were buying are. By increasing awareness and transparency about energy consumption, the program also succeeded in increasing demand for more efficient products, thus driving the quality and environmental sustainability of the technology.

The system was introduced in the late 1980s, first in New South Wales and Victoria. It wasn’t until 1992, however, that it became compulsory for products sold all around the country. This was when it became regulated by the Australian government.

Is the Energy Star Rating System the Same For All Appliances?

You will have seen the energy rating sticker on everything from fridges to dishwashers to air conditioners. But are they all the same? The answer is no. Why? The most simple explanation is that every appliance uses energy differently – a 4-star AC unit will not consume the same amount of energy as a 4-star TV.

What Does The Energy Star Rating On An Air Conditioner Mean?

You may have noticed that the rating system on air conditioning systems are a little harder to read because they have two stickers – one for heating and one for cooling (if the unit is a cooling only device, and then it will only have a blue sticker).

As you may have guessed, the more stars, the more energy-efficient the unit is. The maximum possible rating for each side is 10 stars. If the product is rated above 6 stars for heating or cooling, it will show a ‘super efficiency rating’, which goes up to 4 stars (6 + 4 = 10).

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However, there is more to it than this. Not all air conditioners are the same: some are larger than others and require more power. So how do you compare the star rating relative to other units? You look at the numbers below each rating system.

These are the capacity output and power input readings – basically how much heating and cooling the unit can produce and how much power it needs to run respectively. When comparing a star rating, you’ll want to be comparing systems that have similar capacity output and power input readings.

So How Do You Choose The Right System?

This may all seem a little confusing, especially when you throw money into the mix. Obviously, you will want to choose the most energy-efficient system possible, but this will also mean spending more money. So how do you choose the right system?

It’s important to remember that units with lower ratings aren’t poor quality units. For a product to be rated at all, it needs to pass rigorous efficiency tests, so the base rating of 1 star is actually quite efficient. It only gets better from there. So it’s really up to you!

Contact Us Today

If you are thinking about buying an AC system, give us a call today. From installations to repairs and maintenance, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you’re looking for a quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

We are based in the 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 aim to be on-site as soon as possible.

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6 signs of a good air conditioning maintenance provider

By | Air Conditioning

Ongoing maintenance is vital to extending the lifespan of your air conditioning system. Without hands-on servicing and taking care of breakdowns and other faults promptly, you can significantly compromise the wellbeing of your unit. Working with a skilled air conditioning maintenance provider will result in more efficient communication and a more optimal AC unit for you and your building.
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From experience to credentials, here are 6 telltale signs to indicate you’re working with a trusty air conditioning maintenance provider.

A reliable air conditioning unit comes from working with a good air conditioning maintenance provider. But what makes an air conditioning maintenance provider good? To help you make the right choice, here are six traits or skills worth considering.

Are They Full-Service AC Specialists?

When it comes to choosing an air conditioning maintenance provider, you’ll want to look at their skill set. The best provider will have a wide range of skills, not limited to maintenance alone.

Here at HunterCON, we offer a wide range of AC services, as well as electrical and security services. We have a wealth of experience with systems of all kinds, so no matter the size of the job, we can help. Here are just a few of the processes involved with servicing your system:

• Filter maintenance
• Refrigerant leak test
• Drain maintenance
• Electrical component test
• Check insulation on refrigeration lines
• System operation
• Inspecting electrical connections
• Thermostat operation

Are They Familiar With Your Unit?

Although most AC systems are quite similar, they do have their nuances. You’ll want to ensure you employ a maintenance provider who knows your unit inside and out, regardless of whether it’s a residential split system or a commercial ducted system.

We are air conditioning experts with a thorough understanding of all kinds of systems. We work with all major air conditioning brands and know every model.

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

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.

Do They Provide Preventative Maintenance Programs?

The best AC maintenance providers are those that have the option to include you in their preventative maintenance program as part of their service. A preventative plan for your air conditioning system will help ensure long life and reliable system. If HunterCON installed your AC unit, you’d automatically be put into this program, which comes with an additional 5-year warranty.

We specialise in tailoring preventative maintenance plans specific to the needs of you and your air conditioning system. This will increase the efficiency and reliability of your system, ultimately leading to a reduction in repair costs, lower electricity bills, and an increase in its lifespan.

How Well Do They Communicate?

The best maintenance providers are those that communicate clearly, right from the first phone call. Experience is evident in how well a service provider can articulate, so be sure to ask plenty of questions when choosing a provider.

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.

Are They Local?

Air conditioning maintenance is all about speed and efficiency, therefore working with a local specialist is very important. 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 Sydney.

We are based in the 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 aim to be on-site as soon as possible.

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

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5 telltale signs that your air conditioner needs replacing

By | Air Conditioning

Air conditioners are built to last. Most popular brands offer long warranties on their units, and top-quality AC specialists like ourselves provide warranties on installations. However, the reality is that your AC system won’t last forever. As with all machines, general wear and tear, advances in technology, and breakdowns mean that will eventually need to replace your air conditioner. But how do you know when to do so?

air conditionerFrom sounds to smells to bills, here are five indicators that its time to replace your air conditioner.

There are a couple of signs you should keep an eye out for – some of these are obvious, some not so much. Let’s take a look, and if you’re thinking of replacing your unit, give us a call today! We want to ensure you are comfortable all year round.

Your Energy Bills Are Higher Than Usual

One of the most common symptoms that your air conditioner might need replacing is if your energy bills are higher than usual. However, this may be difficult to ascertain – bills do fluctuate throughout the year. One of the best ways to know for certain is to compare your new bill with a bill from the same cycle from prior years.

If you notice your bill is significantly higher, this may be due to a poorly functioning system. If your unit is struggling to do its job, it will work even harder to ensure the climate remains controlled, which in turn consumes more energy. Replacing that dying AC could actually save you money, instead of draining it.

Your Air Conditioner Is Leaking

One of the most common problems that AC specialists are called in for is a refrigerant leak. New systems should be 100% sealed, with no leakage. However, over time, the integrity of seals can be disrupted, resulting in leakages. This can be fixed; however, if your system is getting on in years, this may be a sign to replace.

Your Air Conditioner Is Making Unhealthy Noises

Is your internal unit making strange noises? We’re afraid to say; this definitely isn’t a good thing. Strange noises indicate a fault of some kind – usually the result of general wear and tear over time. Unless your system is quite outdated, it should operate very smoothly with no audible fluttering or grinding noises. If your unit is making noises, you should have it looked at. It may need replacing, or at the very least, a proper service. If HunterCON installed your AC, no need to sweat! Our five-year warranty program has you covered.

Your Air Conditioner Smells Strange

The same goes for strange odours. The smell of burning rubber, chemicals, mould or must – anything out of the ordinary – may indicate something is faulty or worn out and that your system has met its end. The last thing you want is your AC circulating foul odours throughout your space.

Your System Constantly Needs to be Repaired

Is your AC unit costing you a fortune in repairs? It might be time to bite the bullet and get a new one. It may be hard to decide when to do so, as installing a new unit will always cost more than it would to have it fixed, but here’s a good way to look at it: take the age of your unit and times it by the cost of a repair – if this number is more than $5,000, it might be time to get a new one.

If any of these signs apply to your AC unit and you are considering installing a new one (or if yours requires repair), get in touch with us for a quote today. With over 9 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality.

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Discover what type of air conditioner is best for your home

By | Air Conditioning

Choosing the right air conditioner for your home is an important task. HunterCON understands that factors like the size and efficiency of an AC unit should match the space and needs of your location. Fortunately, we provide an extensive range of the best air conditioning brands and models with the highest quality of customer service. From single-story houses to two-story homes, units or apartments – we can find the right type of air conditioner to suit your needs.

air conditionerChoosing the right air conditioner for your home will ensure thermal control and peace of mind. Get in touch with HunterCON today.

What Are the Types of Air Conditioning Systems to Choose From?

Whether you want control of the climate in a single room or a whole house, there is a range of air conditioning solutions available for your home.

Split System Air Conditioner

Split systems are a great choice for homeowners looking to stay comfortable all year round. This type of air con refers to a system where the condenser is fixed externally outside the home, and the head unit is fixed inside the home.

There are many positives to split systems. Generally, this type of AC is a less expensive option compared to other systems. It can also be installed in one area at a time, allowing you to plan your installation across different dates if needed. The split system is regarded as one of the most efficient designs, as it can cool or heat residential areas of all sizes. However, a split system model will function most effectively in small properties, apartments or double-storey homes. This is because split systems can be installed between levels, whereas other systems cannot.

It is important to bear in mind that if there are several walls in an interior zone, a split system may be limited in its capacity to control the temperature beyond the zone. If the ability to heat or cool multiple rooms is needed, a multi-split system may be the better option for you.

Multi-Split Air Conditioner

Where several rooms or zones need temperature control, a multi-split system could be the best option for your home. This system comprises of one outdoor unit which is connected to indoor units.

There are numerous benefits to a multi-split air conditioning unit. They are extremely efficient and capable of powering up to six interior rooms at once. With this system, each indoor unit can be controlled individually. This means that specific rooms can be set at different temperatures, all from a remote.

A multi-split system also has the potential to saving you money. You can closely control your power bill with this system, as you can heat and cool certain rooms as needed. For homeowners requiring optimal control over thermal comfort, multi-split systems are an excellent choice.

Ducted Air Conditioner

Ducted air conditioning systems feature some key differences to split and multi-split systems, the most obvious being their configuration. Unlike the external installation of other AC systems, a ducted air conditioner is installed internally, often within the roof. From the central unit, a series of ducts will cool or heat individual rooms within your property. This type of air conditioning will require a certain amount of cavity space for installation, so it may not be suited to every home.

This type of system is concealed and less obtrusive than comparative systems. It will also ensure your entire home (no matter the size) has excellent temperature control. Generally, it is more expensive to run but with the main advantage of being able to cool a larger area.

Some ducted air conditioning systems allow for separate zones, meaning you have temperature control of individual rooms. However, it is important to note this feature will incur more costs. All in all, ducted AC units are a quiet and effective way to ensure climate control in a large home.

Importance of Using A Certified & Qualified Service

As with any trade, is extremely important to work with a certified and qualified air con installer, not only to ensure peace of mind during the installation process but to know you won’t have to worry about your system ever again.

Licensed installers 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 required. After all, nobody knows your system like the person who installed it! Plus, if we installed your air conditioning system, you’ll already be included in our preventative maintenance program at no extra cost.

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HunterCON has a committed team of 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 – 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 aircon installation quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

While you’re here, check out some more HunterCON tips:

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Mechanical Ventilation

Mechanical Ventilation | What option is best for you?

By | Air Conditioning

Technology to keep your air clean and cool comes in many different forms. Mechanical ventilation systems can be used in conjunction with natural ventilation to improve your home or business’s thermal comfort and air quality. This is the process of replacing indoor air to improve quality, temperature, and odour. Mechanical ventilation also removes moisture, heat, dust, bacteria, and other harmful materials from a room. It’s an excellent addition for large spaces, which require more attention to cleanliness and temperature.

Mechanical VentilationMechanical Ventilation is crucial for ensuring thermal comfort and air quality. To find out more, get in touch with HunterCON today.

When it comes to installing a mechanical ventilation system, hiring a trusted, fully-qualified professional for the job is vital. Here at HunterCON, we are committed to providing the highest quality of service to our valued customers. From installing air conditioning systems to other electrical needs, we pride ourselves on delivering a personal, hands-on experience.

Available Mechanical Ventilation Options

The right ventilation system for you will depend on your needs and the size of your specific space. This can be achieved by using fans, air conditioning systems, and ducts to circulate air and remove pollutants. We provide a variety of mechanical ventilation options. Below are the three most popular choices, ready to install.

Ducted ventilation – This ventilation system is well suited to large spaces, providing clean air for residents, customers, or employees. This will also help reduce the severity of common allergies such as hay fever by ridding the air of mould and mildew.

Ceiling fans – We offer electrical services to install fans in any new or existing properties. Fans aid the air circulation in a room and balance temperatures throughout the year, whether it’s summer or winter.

Wet area extraction – Bathrooms and kitchens will nearly always need a mechanical ventilation system to ensure heat, smoke, and steam do not result in mould and mildew. Areas above stovetops and showers are usually at the most risk. Exhaust fans can also be used to vent out problematic moisture and decrease the risk of bacteria growth, ensuring healthy air for years to come.

HunterCON staff and installers have a wealth of experience regarding these systems. If you’re not sure what option would be best for your building, don’t worry! Contact us here for more information.

Inspection and Repairs

Our knowledgeable team of experts will always be able to inspect and repair any faults in your ventilation system safely. In the case of an emergency breakdown, our nimble team is always ready to help.

Ongoing Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your mechanical ventilation system will mean it’s in top condition all year round. This will ensure ideal air quality no matter the season. Over time, a mechanical ventilation system can collect dirt, dust, and allergens. It may also be susceptible to general wear and tear. As such, it’s important to keep routine check-ups scheduled.

What’s Involved

No matter the stage of installation, you’ll be well looked after with HunterCON. We will formulate the best ventilation solution to suit your needs and provide you with a quote. During the installation process, we take care of everything. We will work around your schedule, test the ventilation system, ensure it meets the Building Code of Australia standards, and clean up our mess. After installation, we will run you through how the system works, maintain it, and what to do in the event of a breakdown.

Importance of Using A Certified & Qualified Service

When installing a mechanical ventilation system, it is imperative to work with a certified and qualified installer. This will ensure peace of mind and plenty of well-informed advice.

Licensed installers carry an ARC tick number, meaning they are qualified to handle all AC and ventilation related matters. Our installers are qualified to advise on how ventilation systems work and form maintenance plans.

We are fully licensed air conditioning installers and electrical specialists. 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.

Get a Quote

With over 9 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of fast and efficient service. If you’re looking for a mechanical ventilation installation quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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HVAC Systems: Installation, Maintenance, Service, and Repair

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HVAC

HVAC Systems | Installation, Maintenance, Service & Repair

By | Air Conditioning

HVAC stands for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning – a trio of functions that, as a whole, control thermal comfort and air quality in a building. It is basically a blanket term encapsulating everything from a split AC unit for a house, to a large ducted air conditioning and ventilation system for an industrial complex or skyscraper. They afford us comprehensive temperature and air quality control by applying principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.

HVAC

Our full-service HVAC installers will be able to handle the full range of installation, maintenance, service, and repair. Get in touch for a quote today!

Because of the potential complexity of these systems, you should with an experienced HVAC specialist who can handle all aspects of installation, maintenance, service, and repair.

Here at HunterCON we are full-service HVAC experts. Whether your building is residential, commercial, or industrial, installation won’t be a problem. We strive to ensure all of our customers are satisfied with the first phone call, right through to installation. Our five-year installation warranty comes at no extra cost, so you can have peace of mind if any kind of breakdown occurs.

Heating

Heating systems can be configured in several ways. Our range of split AC units can warm a single room in a house of any size. For larger-scale projects, our boiler systems can heat large buildings via a network of ducts. Hydronic heating systems are another popular option. These heat buildings via piping underneath the floor, and are an effective way to heat typically dense, cool flooring materials like concrete.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning systems come in a wide range of configurations to suit buildings of any size. These range from split systems (consisting of an indoor unit that controls the climate of the room it is in and an outdoor unit) to ducted systems (from a central unit, a series of ducts cools or heats rooms individually). Find out what type of air conditioning system suits your needs here. We can handle the installation of all kinds of air conditioning systems to suit your home or business.

Ventilation

Most modern buildings are built to be airtight to ensure boost energy efficiency. Rather than relying on natural ventilation (for example, through an open window), these buildings require ventilation systems to be put in place so that stale air can be removed and replaced with fresh air.

The kind of ventilation system suitable for a particular building will depend on the external climate and what space it is used for. There are four main kinds of ventilation systems: exhaust, supply, balanced, and heat-recovery. No matter what system is best for you, we are experienced with installing, maintaining, and repairing all four of them.

Inspection and Repairs

While modern HVAC systems are extremely reliable, the reality is that breakdowns do occur. And this can be very frustrating, particularly in the depths of winter or the height of summer. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system will ensure that it’s in optimal condition all year round, meaning you will never get stuck in the heat or cold without it.

Safety Checks

Our expert electricians are fully qualified to perform HVAC safety checks for both homes and businesses. Safety inspections involve reviewing components to make sure they are safe and fully functional. If work is needed, we will advise you on the next step.

For businesses, safety checks are very important to comply with AS/NZS 3760:2010 standards. We provide comprehensive testing systems that utilize the latest technology. This way, we always provide a hassle-free service that you can rely on.

Preventative Maintenance

Being proactive with a preventative maintenance plan provides improved comfort levels along with increased efficiency and reliability, ultimately leading to a reduction in repair costs, lower electricity bills, and an increase in the life expectancy of your system. Check out our tips for reducing your electricity bills here!

Importance of Using a Certified & Qualified Service

As with any trade, it is extremely important to work with a certified and qualified HVAC specialist. Our installation will mean you don’t have to worry about your system ever again.

Licensed installers carry an ARCtick number, meaning they are qualified to handle the dangerous materials involved with HVAC 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 – nobody knows your system like the person who installed it!

We are fully licensed HVAC installers with a wealth of industry experience. We’re located in Sydney’s Inner West, and we service the greater metropolitan area. This includes the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore, and South West.

Get a Quote

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

While you’re here, check out some more HunterCON aircon tips:

Benefits of installing an AC system in your property

How to improve the air quality of your home

How to save energy when using your AC system