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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.

Is your house going to be a Sauna today?

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

Gas Works have great deals on air conditioning.
When it comes to home comfort solutions Gas Works air home climate experts.

Whether you are looking for a single room solution or a whole of home ducted systems the team at Gas Works have a system to suit your needs and budget.

When it come to your home you want to invest wisely and install a system that will do want it needs to do. So often people buy a unit get it installed only to find that it doesn’t do what it needs to do.

Gas Works carry top brand names like Rinnai, Panasonic, Breezair and Braemar. Evaporative or reverse cycle? Not sure then check out the Better Living Videos on air conditioning. Gas Works can show you the best and are Climate Masters of Seeley International and Panasonic Specialist Air Network dealers so you can buy with confidence.  Ask about their interest free options.

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!

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.

The temp is heading north

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015

 

There is much talk about Australia being affected by the El Neno but does this mean for you.

It could mean that we are heading in for a long hot summer. This means hotter than normal days and nights.

We are all aware that climate change is a buzz word and there are those who will argue weather or not it’s real.

There is little doubt that weather patterns are changing. Droughts in Queensland and Northern NSW followed by extensive flooding, these are not what one expects.

The recent wild storms across SA dropped over 36mm in Sedan within an hour and Cleve received 61mm in 24 hours.

A tornado was spotted near Murray Bridge a common sight in parts of the US but certainly not the norm for SA.

Apart from trying to reduce our use of carbon there isn’t a lot that the average South Australians can do except endure. Many of us are fortunate to live

In air conditioned homes, work in air conditioned environments and drive air conditioned cars however unfortunately all these emit carbon in one form or another.

The type of air conditioning you use in your home will have an effect on the amount of carbon you emit. Evaporative air cooling units are far more environmentally friendly that Refrigerated Recycled Cycled Systems and Seeley International as SA based manufacturer are leaders and innovators when it comes to Evaporative Air Conditioning systems.

If do choose a Refrigerated Recycled Cycled System then select one that uses less power. Top brands like Panasonic produce systems Ducted Refrigerated Air Conditioning that more efficient and therefore are less of a drain on power.

All major electrical items carry an energy star rating label. Gas Works are air conditioning experts and can advice you on the best system to suit your home.

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.

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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?

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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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