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Advice from the SA Department of Health

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015


  • Drink plenty of water – avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • spend time in cool places
  • keep out of the sun. If you have to go outside, go in the early morning or late evening and stay in the shade
  • wear light coloured, loose clothing and take a hat to wear outside
  • always use plenty of sunscreen
  • don’t do a lot of exercise outside when it is very hot
  • to help you sleep use a water spray mister on your face and body
  • try to stay inside with a fan or air conditioner on

Babies and young children

  • Babies and young children need watching carefully when it is hot as they can get sick very quickly
  • cars can get dangerously hot – never leave babies, young children or pets alone in a car even if the air conditioning is on
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should drink more water than usual
  • always wear shoes outside on hot days – the ground can easily burn the feet of babies or young children

Older people

  • Check on older people at least twice every day especially if they live alone
  • make sure older people are using their air conditioning when it is hot – always check the setting is on ‘cool’

People with physical or mental health conditions

  • Keep taking any prescribed medicine every day at the same time as you normally do, even if you feel unwell because of the heat

Your home

  • Keep your home cool by closing curtains, blinds and windows during the day
  • if it is safe, open windows at night to let cool air in
  • wear as little clothing as possible when in your own home to keep cool
  • bacteria can grow very quickly on food in hot weather and make you ill – keep all fresh food in the fridge
  • animals can suffer and even die on very hot days so keep them in the house or make sure they have shade in the garden and always leave them plenty of water

Help is available

If you think you are ill:

  • speak to your local chemist/pharmacist or call your GP
  • older people can register with the Red Cross and a volunteer will call 3 times a day to check if they are ok. Register by calling 1800 188 071
  • if you are very sick, go to your nearest hospital or call 000 for an ambulance

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

Did you miss out on the Breamar or Breezair Cash Back in October?

Posted on Friday, November 06, 2015

 

Great news it’s been extended. If you buy a selected model of Breezair or Breamar ducted evaporative system from Gas Works you can claim $200 Cash Back from Seeley International.

Evaporative systems are the economical way to cool a home and Gas Works are the biggest Climate Masters of Seeley International in SA. Gas Works sell and install ducted reverse cycle, high wall spilt and evaporative systems and so they can offer the right climate solution for your home.

They are a trusted SA family business and just like Seeley International so not buying from them is good for you it’s good for SA too.

Don’t miss this great Cash Back deal get into a Gas Works store before it disappears.

Click for details

Solar Power - The truth the whole truth

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You know there isn’t a day that goes by when someone isn’t offering the unrepeatable deal of the century on solar power systems that just seems just too good to be true. Generally I have always found that if it sound too good to be true then chances are that is exactly what it is.

Now the idea of solar power sound great but, who do you trust?

Gas Works have been installing solar systems for over 20 years so if any is going to know then a trust SA Company like Gas Works is a great place to start.

So what make for a good solar power system, in short it is one that suits your needs and that will vary depending on what your needs are. It will also depend on exactly what size system you can fit on your roof, what you are looking to achieve from a solar system and what budget you have to spend on a system.

Now the price of a system can vary dramatically however in the long run there is no substitute for quality. While the cheaper systems may perform well at first as they get older they can experience problems. There can be issues with the inverters or the panels themselves. There are a number of solar power companies who are no longer in business and tracking down the manufacture of the panels is not always easy and the vast majority are made overseas.

So what size system do you need and how much do they cost? This will depend on your power usage however the average size systems installed are 3-5 kilowatt. These will dramatically reduce the average household bill. You can expect to pay somewhere between $5,000 - $6,000 for a good quality 3 kilowatt system after the government rebate. This means you should always look at solar as a long term investment. Generally you can expect to your system to pay for itself in approximately 4 -5 years and has an expectant life of 20-25 years.

Gas Works recommend that before investing in a system, spend a week measuring your usage between 6am-6pm. This let you know how much power you are consuming during the daytime, while your system is producing power.

What you don’t use you can sell back to the grid, however in most cases you pay more for power than you get back.

With a north facing roof with a pitch of 25-30% you can expect a system to produce 4.2 kilowatts of power per day per kilowatt of system.

Want more information on a solar power system to suit your needs? Talk to the Solar Power Specialists at your nearest Gas Works Showroom who will help find what works better for you.

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.

Gas Works Better Winter Sale

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014

Prepare your home for winter with a visit to your local Gas Works store during our Better Winter Sale. We have a huge range of products to make your home comfortable and cosy as the cold weather sets in. Plus we sell all the right brands at all the best prices.



With a wide range of heating options we will be able to find a heating solution to suit your home, style and budget. If you want to heat your home and create a beautiful show piece then a gas log fire is a great option. We offer a variety of built-in gas log fires with high efficiency. A free standing gas log fire starts from as low as $1,999. Enquire about systems with free flue kits or interest free terms available.

When you install a natural gas heating solution in your home you could be eligible for a $250 rebate for a gas space heating solution or a $750 rebate for ducted gas heating. Gas space heaters start from as low as $1,299 and come in a range of sizes and styles. Ducted gas heating prices start at $2899, which is inclusive of $250 cash back offer from Seeley International and a $750 rebate. The Braemar gas ducted heating solution is super efficient, with a six star energy rating. Gas Works are now a Climate Master of Seeley International so you have peace of mind with a 7 year warranty.

Gas Works specialise in fast hot water installation because we know the pain of having no hot water, especially in the cooler months. We can offer systems for as little as $28 per week, interest free or $799 before installation.

If you are using the winter months to do some home improvements you will be interested in our range of kitchen packages starting from $1,899 with a bonus rangehood. 

Also checkout our specials on;

Check out the catalogue online or in PDF version or visit your local Gas Works store to get your hands on a winter bargain!

We are Climate Masters of Seeley International specialists

Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2014

We are appointed Climate Masters of Seeley International. It isn’t easy to gain official Climate Masters accreditation and Seeley International have made it so, because they want you to feel confident that you are getting the best service, second to none product choices and quality workmanship. In order to qualify, our compliance against Seeley's rigorous requirements was tested to ensure we are working to industry leading quality standards.

So, for total peace of mind use Gas Works, your accredited Climate Masters of Seeley International to install your six star Braemar ducted heating system this winter or ask about Seeley International’s range of air conditioning and heating options. 

There are other reasons to support Seeley International; 

  • Seeley International are a South Australian company, like Gas Works.
  • Seeley International developed the first six star heating system, Braemar gas ducted heating.
  • Climate Masters of Seeley International are able to offer a seven year warranty on both the product and installation.

You can be sure you will have a buying experience that is enjoyable, a product that is efficient and it is all backed by a seven year warranty. Not to mention you are supporting local business. What are you waiting for? Visit your local Gas Works, appointed Climate Masters of Seeley International today, and ask for a quote.

How Evaporative Cooling Works in 3 Simple Steps

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013

Evaporative cooling is a great way to cool any space. The technology behind it is very simple but delivers great results. Here we will demonstrate who it works in 3 simple steps.

 


Image from Breezair


1. Warm outside air is drawn into the evaporative cooler through wet filter pads by the ventilation fan.

2. The warm air passing through the wet filter pads makes the water evaporate. The heat needed to cause the evaporation is expelled, creating cooler air.

3. The ventilation fan then directs the cool air through to the areas being cooled.

This system works similarly to how the human body regulates temperature. If the human body is too hot it will perspire to create moisture on the skin. As air passes along the perspiration it evaporates, cools the skin and helps to lower the overall body temperature.

Warm air drawn into wet filter pads evaporates the water. If all the water evaporates then there is no way to cool the air. That’s why all evaporative coolers have pumps that continually draw water to wet the filter pads from the top down.

Unfortunately evaporative coolers can’t be used everywhere. Most of Australia is perfect for evaporative cooling except for the top end of Australia where there are high temperatures along with high to extreme levels of humidity at the same time. Click here for a map view of the best areas for evaporative coolers.

Below is a video from Breezair that gives a more graphical view of how their evaporative systems work.

Looking to purchase a new evaporative cooling system for your home? Gas Works has you covered. Find out more about our extensive range of Braemar, Breezair and Coolair evaporative air conditioners today!

 

 

 Article by Nathan Hockley

7 Questions to ask before buying a new air conditioner

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

questions to ask before buying a new air conditioner

So you’re thinking about buying a new air conditioner but you’re a bit behind the eight ball when it comes to home appliances and technology. Not to worry. We’ve put together a few questions you need to ask yourself to give you a better understanding of what you need. The answers will also give your air conditioning retailer a better understanding of what will work for you and your budget.

 

1. Do we really need a new air conditioner?

Purchasing and having a new air conditioner installed will be quite a large expense. It pays to make sure that you really do need a new air con. Before making the decision it pays to have a professional to take a look. Their diagnosis may mean that you only need certain parts to be replaced or a basic service. Make sure you use a reputable professional as there are some out there that could take you for a ride. If possible ask family and friends for any recomendations.

 

2. How old is our air conditioner & how much is it costing us to run?

If your air conditioner is pushing 10 to 15 years old then it is definitely time to look at a new cooling solution. Overtime normal wear and tear will occur and at a more substantial rate if no servicing or maintenance is done. Older systems will also use a lot more power compared to their modern counterparts as the technology used has become much more efficient. If your energy bills during summer are being pushed through the sky because of your old air conditioner it is definitely time to think about upgrading.

 

3. What type of air conditioner do we need?

Not all types of air conditioners are created equal when it comes to cooling your home efficiently in any climate. All have their pros and cons for particular areas and climates. For example, evaporative air conditioners work better in the dryer areas of central and southern Australia but are very ineffective when it comes to trying to cool a home in the tropical north of Australia, click here for a detailed look. For more information on the types of air conditioners available click here.

 

4. What size air conditioner do we need?

The majority of air conditioners will come in varying sizes to accommodate for different living areas. You will need to decide what area you are looking to cool. One room, small or large? An open living area? The whole home? Knowing this beforehand will help you and your retailer to find the best unit based on power, efficiency and cooling area/capacity. Having floor plans available can make this process a lot easier when calculating the size of the room compared to an air conditioners output.

 

5. What features do we require?

New features are built into air conditioners with every new model but more often than not you will only use a few of these. The main things you need to question are what are the features we want and need to look out for when shopping around. Some to think about are:

Remote system control - being able to control your comfort level while watching TV is a great thing. No need to get up and walk to the other end of the house just to change the temperature level. These days remotes should be standard but if they are not they shouldn’t be too much of an extra cost.

Air conditioning zones - being able to shut off air flow to rooms that aren’t being used will provide big costs savings overtime. Your system also won’t have to work as hard as it would pumping air to all rooms.

Motion sensors - this feature is great for automatic cooling. Sensors will pick up when you enter the room, notice the temperature rise and cool the room accordingly. This feature is normally connected with reverse cycle systems.

System check lights - are a great addition as they will help you to notice when the system or a component might not be working properly. This will also help keep up with the maintenance required to help your system last as long and work efficiently as possible.

 

6. What is our budget in terms of running cost?

Running costs will vary between air conditioners based on their energy requirement and overall efficiency. You also need to take into account how long you run the system for. By gauging how much you use it per day (hours) you can calculate a basic running cost guide against the Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria’s hourly cost results. If you can figure out a basic usage estimate in hours against your budget you will have a per hour running cost figure that will help you choose the most affordable system by power usage.

The star energy rating labels will help by giving this power usage figure (per hour) to make your decisions as easy as possible.

 

7. Who should I buy from?

There are tens of hundreds of retailers out there that can sell you an air conditioner. But can they sell you the RIGHT air conditioner for your needs? Are they just retailers? Will I have to deal with another company to actually install my air conditioner? More often than not your large retailers won’t be worrying to much about your purchase once it has gone through. They might point you in the direction of an air conditioning installation business but who wants to deal with two different companies when there are businesses out there that are experts in both.

Gas Works are Adelaide’s air conditioning experts that will make sure you have the right system to suit your needs and budget. PLUS making sure it is properly installed and working efficiently. We pride ourselves on being the ONLY business you need to deal with, when making such a substantial purpose. We are here to help you every step of the way.

Be sure to contact your nearest Gas Works air conditioning specialist if you have any questions. We are more than happy to help! 

 

 

 Article by Nathan Hockley

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