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Evaporative or Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning ... which is best?

Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Are you trying to make the decision between evaporative cooling and reverse cycle air conditioning and not sure which will be best for you?

It’s a big financial decision so you’ll want to get it right, so let’s take a look at both systems which may help you to decide.

Starting with the very basic differences evaporative systems cool only where as reverse cycle will both heat and cool. However you can combine gas ducted heating with evaporative cooling to warm you home which will give you the best of both worlds.

Evaporative cooling system works by drawing the warm air through water soaked pads thus cooling the air. This method works particularly well in drier climates like Western Australian and South Australia.

As they only require power to run the pump and a fan their running costs can be the equivalent as running a light globe. They are by far a less complex system to build and therefore cheaper to buy. The average purchase price and installation cost is roughly half that of a reverse cycle unit. In addition they are easy to maintain and repair and far more environmentally friendlier.

Reverse cycle air conditioning cools or heats the air inside the home and then recycles the air inside the house through a filter called the return air vent. For efficiency it’s best to keep all your external windows and door closed, that way you are not having to cool down or heat up air from outside.
With evaporative cooling you need to leave a window or screen door open to expel the warm air from the home and prevent a build up of moisture.

Certainly there are those who feel the constantly changing air is a good thing while others who suffer from hay fever and allergies might feel that recycling filtered air is better.

Reverse Cycle air conditioning work well in both dry and humid conditions. While they cost more purchase and install they do offer the convenience of both heating and cooling from one unit. It also means just one lot ductwork and grills. Another advantage of reverse cycle is that you can zone parts of the home so that you only cool or heat the parts you are using at the time.

The most important thing to remember is whichever you decide on, invest in a quality brand that is backed with a reputable manufactures guarantee. If you would like to know more check out our website or drop into a store and talk to one of the home climate solutions experts.

Think summer is gone, think again

Posted on Thursday, March 03, 2016

 

If you are thinking that it isn’t worth installing reverse cycle air conditioning now that summer is almost over, then think again. We could be in for many more hot days like this weekend that is coming up. Once summer is over winter will not be far away and you be needing to warm your home. Reverse cycle air conditioning gives you the best of both worlds. Cooling your home in summer and keeping your family warm in winter.  Now is the time to save, there are great specials at Gas Works (see specials page gasworks.net.au) and right now there is a $200 Rebate when you buy a selected Panasonic High Wall Spilt System (click here). Gas Works are a Panasonic Specialist Air Network Dealer so really know Panasonic and can find the right system for your home.

Now if you are thinking that a economical ducted South Australian made Breezair or Braemar evaporative system is the go for your home, then think about teaming it up with a natural gas ducted system by Braemar. Gas Works are Climate Masters of Seeley International in fact Gas Works the biggest in SA. As a Climate Master of Seeley International they have an exclusive 7 Year Warranty on the unit and installation, now that is real peace of mind. It gets better, here is the really good news, right now there is a massive $750 rebate when you make the connection to natural gas and install a ducted gas system. There is a price rise due 1st April and that is no joke so now is defiantly the time to buy. Don’t have gas connected to your home, don’t worry, connection is FREE (see maketheconnection.com.au for details).

Evaporative or Refrigerated which is best?

Posted on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Well there are certainly some inventive ideas there but seriously which is better Evaporative or Refrigerated. There are pros and cons for both. If you live in metropolitan Adelaide then there is an extremely good chance that there is gas running past your front door which you have access to economical gas for heating. The combination of ducted evaporative air cooling and ducted gas heating is an excellent marriage. (watch the Better Living Video titled Ducted Gas Heating and Evaporative Air Conditioning http://gasworks.net.au/the-better-living-blog/ducted-gas-heating-evaporative-air-conditioning-video).

Evaporative systems offer great cooling qualities at a very economical running  price. The cost to run a state of the art Breezair or Braemar evaporative system equated to the same as running a light globe. Another advantage of evaporative systems is that they constantly draw in fresh air and expel the old air rather than recycling the same air. To learn more about how evaporative air conditioning works watch the Better Living Video What is Evaporative Air Conditioning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6zWu_kd7t0  

Gas Works are Climate Masters of Seeley International and as such are experts when it comes to evaporative air conditioning. They offer an exclusive 7 year warranty on the unit and the installation so you can invest in your home with total peace of mind. With Gas Works being in SA for over 25 years you know it’s a name you can trust.

If you don’t have access to gas or you want the convenience of a single  system then ducted reverse cycle is for you. A reverse cycle system will both warm and cool your home at the touch of a button. A reverse cycle system as the name suggests recycles the cool/warm air around the home. To run the system most effectively it is best to keep all external door and windows shut. It is important to invest in a quality unit. You will find that reverse cycle  systems are covered by the energy star ratings. The more star the more efficient the system. To learn more about the energy star system check out the Better Living Video  Energy Star Ratings http://gasworks.net.au/the-better-living-blog/star-ratings-video

There are a number of well known brands like Dakin, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, Samsung, Kelvinator, Rinnai, LG, Lennox and Panasonic. Gas Works have access to all major brands and are Panasonic Air Specialist Network Dealers which tells you they fully qualified to design and install system that is right for your home. Selecting the right size system is critical to the efficiency and effectiveness of the air conditioner. Too small a system and it will struggle to cool/heat your home, too big a system and your running cost will be higher than necessary. Watch the Better Living Video on What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8UQ5frkCvY

If you are not sure what system will be best for you talk to your local Gas Works store you can be sure independent professional advice.

DIY Air conditioning, good idea or not?

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016

It’s been a long hot summer as predicted and it’s not over yet. We still have one third of summer still to come and we all know that March can also be hot. While we are currently experiencing some milder days just now, don’t lulled into a false sense of security.

When the temperature soars some people will do anything to get cool, as the video shows.

So you are thinking about air conditioning your home here are some things to think about:

1. Decision time – There are a number of different types of air conditioning from portable systems to fully ducted reverse cycle systems.Which will be best for you? You first need to decide what your needs are and what sort of budget you have. Your home is, for most, the biggest investment you have, so if you have the budget don’t scrimp. However if you only have a few hundred to spend then a portable unit may be better than nothing. It least it will allow you to sleep at night.

Next step up is a single room High Wall Spilt System Room air conditioner or an in window unit. While these will not cool multiple rooms it will effectively cool the intended area. From here your next step up is a ducted system and here again there are choices. You can select from either an evaporative system or refrigerated reverse cycle. Now there are pros and cons for each. Reverse cycle will heat you home in winter as well as cool it  in summer. Evaporative systems are cheaper to buy and run however will only cool you home. (see What is Evaporative Air Conditioning video) however evaporative can be teamed with ducted gas heating. (see Ducted Gas Heating and Evaporative Air Conditioning video)

2.Size – Yes it does matter when it comes to air conditioning. Too small a unit will struggle on the really hot days so far better to get a system that can cope than spend a less and be disappointed ( see What size air conditioning do I need video)

3 – It’s in the stars – Energy star ratings are there to guide you as to the efficiency of the unit. Remember no point in having  an air conditioning system if you can’t afford to run. For argument sake you may need a 6kw system to cool your home now the price will vary between brands.  As a rule of thumb the cheaper the unit the less efficient it will be.  (see Energy Star Rating video)

4 – Shop around – The only way you’ll if a price is realistic is if you shop around however it is critical that you compare apples with apples.

5 – Talk to those who install systems as well as sell them. The so called box moves just want to sell you a unit, where as someone who is going to sell you the unit and install it too has a vested interest in making sure you are buying the right unit in the first place.

Seeley International $200 Cash Back is Back

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

 

Buy a Breezair or Breamar Ducted Evaporative Air Cooling System before the 31st January 2016 and get $200 cash back.

Seeley International are renowned for manufacturing quality evaporative systems. Made right here in SA these awarding winning systems are designed for Australian conditions. Gas Works are Climate Masters of Seeley International and offer an exclusive 7 year warranty on the unit and installation.

So make your home cool and save some cool cash too!

Hurry don’t miss this great offer from Gas Works and Panasonic.

Posted on Tuesday, November 03, 2015

 

It’s a real cool deal. Buy a ducted reverse cycle Panasonic system from Gas Works and included in the price is a 40” HD LED TV.

How cool is that!! You could be sitting your home watching cricket on a brand new Panasonic TV whilst being kept cool by your new Panasonic Air conditioner installed by the Gas Works a Panasonic Specialist Air Network Dealer.

It would make a cool addition to your entertaining area or what about the Man Cave?

Click for details

Keeping your Cool in the Adelaide heat

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015

 

During February, It’s not uncommon for Adelaide to experience periods of extreme heat and a consequent high demand for Airconditioning.

This sudden rise in the use of Air Conditioners can put a lot of demand on the power grid and heightens the chances of a power outage.

During a heatwave, it’s very important to understand the associated risks and to keep an eye out for those who may be especially vulnerable.

For people who don’t have home Air-Conditioning here are a few simple things you can do to help cope.

  • Stay hydrated and have plenty of drinking water available
  • Keep the curtains and blinds drawn from early in the morning
  • Ensure you have a battery operated personal fan in case of power failure
  • Visit an air conditioned shopping mall or library, but be sure to travel in the cool parts of the day
  • Keep in contact with Family, Friends and Neighbours

For other practical ideas, visit the SA Health website for more information or contact the Emergency Management Unit.


Choosing the right Air Conditioner


For some people, the cost of electricity to run their home air-conditioning is concern. It’s important to note that there are many different options to choose from that help to dramatically reduce these costs.

Modern Evaporative air conditioners such as the Braemar Super Cool now incorporate highly sophisticated technology that has dramatically reduced energy usage and made them very affordable to run. This type of air-con is very well suited to Adelaide’s hot yet dry climate. It is also a very healthy option as it continuously blows fresh cool air through the house as opposed to recirculating.

Air conditioning FAQs

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about air conditioning

What is the optimal temperature to set my thermostat to?

The ideal temperate to cool your home is 25–27°C. Temperatures lower than this can increase running costs by 15% and also increase the risk of breakdowns.

How do I estimate the running costs of a new air conditioner?

You think you have decided on an air conditioner but you want to know what the actual running costs will be when you install it. This will of course depend on the size of the unit, how much you plan to use it and how much your electricity costs. So gather the following data points;

  • The power input figure in kW (The power input of a system can be found on its energy rating sticker.)
  • Your local energy cost in kWh (kilowatt hours)

Simply multiply the power input by the energy cost and you have the running cost in cents per hour.

For example this Panasonic S-100PE1R5 U-100PE1R5 reverse cycle air conditioner has a power input of 2.98 and for the sake of this example energy costs in the area are 25 cents per kilowatt hour.

Running cost = 2.98 X 25 = 74.5 cents per hour

You can then workout how many hours a week you might use the air conditioner on average and multiply it by the running costs for a total average cost.


How can I calculate how much I'm spending on air conditioning?

Gather your electricity bills, compare a month you don’t use your air conditioner (or heater) to those which you do. April and October are typically months you wouldn’t be using either heating or cooling. Subtract one of those values (or an average of the two) from an average of the summer month bills, what is left is an estimate of how much you spend on air conditioning.

Is it more efficient to run air conditioning in bursts or leave it on for a longer period of time?

Your air conditioner removes both heat and moisture from your house. It can take up to 10 minutes for a unit to remove moisture and reach its peak efficiency, so using your air conditioner for short bursts of cooling isn’t getting the most from the system. Not to mention stopping and starting an air conditioning system puts stress on it. 

Should I leave internal doors open while using the air conditioner?

It is best to leave the internal doors of your home open while operating the air conditioner. Air conditioning systems are designed to move a specific amount of air throughout the house. Keeping internal doors closed increases the air pressure in those rooms and the air then has to escape under the door, through leaks around the windows and skirtings etc. this air is then replaced by warm air from similar cracks and gaps in other rooms.

What size air conditioner do I need?

Try using this cooling calculator to work out what size air conditioning unit you need. Otherwise just call into Gas Works and talk to one of our friendly team to find the best unit for you, or you can get an online quote when you find the product you like!

What maintenance does my air conditioner require?

Evaporative coolers require flushing occasionally, the pads must be changed when they begin to show signs of decay. Evaporative air conditioners also need the water distribution cleaned to avoid the pads drying out, which will lead to reduced cooling. To find out more speak to your local Gas Works about maintenance. 

Reverse cycle and refrigerated air conditioners require cleaning of the return air filters, this will avoid efficiency issues caused by dust. The condenser (outside radiator) should be kept dust free with unobstructed air flow. The inside unit should be wiped down at regular intervals to avoid gathering dust. Your local Gas Works can help you maintain your air conditioner, give us a call today.


If you’re looking for clear and simple information on ways to save money and energy visit YourEnergySavings.gov.au or come into your local Gas Works where we can help you choose the more energy efficient air conditioning option for your home.

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