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New S.A Ducts are top of the class!

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015

 

New product reduces energy bills and improves climate control efficiency.
Gas Works have recently established a new partnership with South Australian company DUCTAIR

for the supply of quality air conditioning delivery components for their Ducted  Reverse Cycle, Ducted Evaporative and Ducted Gas Heating products.

Ductair’s Energy Smart System has been independently university tested and proven to dramatically improve the air conditioning efficiency. The Energy Smart system can almost double the capacity of a reverse cycle air conditioning  system, saving up to 45% on annual running costs and substantially reducing greenhouse emissions.  

In addition, Ductair delivery systems carry a 20 year warranty and the ducting insulation is rated R1.5, well above the accepted industry standard of R1.


Mr Chadd Stevenson, Managing Director of Gas Works Modbury, has been installing air-conditioning for over 20 years and is delighted by the prospects of the new partnership. “I’m excited by the opportunity to sell and promote a fellow South Australian success story” he said. “Ductair is an excellent product which fits perfectly with our quality ethos and our commitment to globally recognised SA brands like Breamar and Breezair.  Here we have South Australian businesses working together which is great for SA and most importantly great for our customers”. 

Mr Stevenson also noted “We hope to soon announce a retro-fit program so that people with existing systems in their homes will also be able save on running costs”.

For more details contact your local Gasworks store

How efficient are gas heaters [VIDEO]

Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sure you would love a Gas Log fire, but you want to know how efficient they are and what works best...

Check out this episode of Gas Works Better Living.

Gas heating is a reliable and efficient way to heat your home.

It is a more affordable energy source, compared to electricity, and it is more environmentally friendly as it produces less carbon. Plus, some gas heaters have close to 6 star efficiency ratings, which means you can be sure you are saving money as well as the environment when heating your home.

There are three types of gas heating you can investigate;

To find the most efficient gas heating solution, compare the input kilowatt rating on each of your options. The energy rating will help you with that, the numbers on the sticker show the energy consumption. 

If you liked this video you might be interested in learning more about ducted gas heating or energy ratings.

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

Energy Rating Labels - What they mean for you

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012

What is the energy rating label scheme?

The Energy Rating Label scheme was set up to be a compulsory scheme for a range of appliances to show their star rating in terms of efficiency and other information in regards to their energy consumption. This scheme is compulsory for such appliances as fridges & freezers, clothes washers & dryers, dish washers, air cons and TVs.

What the energy rating label tells us?

The energy rating label being displayed with the appliance has been a great initiative as it allows consumers to easily compare different models of particular appliances easily. You’re not just going on the word of the salesman, you have the power to choose based on information that is right in front of you! Even though any Gas Works specialist will help you choose the right appliance for your needs, other showrooms may not so you need to know as much as you can.

The main features of an energy rating label are the stars and energy consumption numbers. The stars are a quick indicator of the appliance’s level of efficiency. The more stars, the more efficient the appliance is compared to similar models. Most energy rating labels a rating out of 6 stars but fridges and air conditioning labels will have a rating out of 10 stars.

QUICK TIP: It is estimated that an increase in one star means energy savings of 10 to 30% depending on the appliances being compared.

Energy consumption numbers give you an indication as to the projected (based on typical usage tests) annual energy usage for the appliance, and usually in kWh; kilowatt-hours per year. Air conditioners are measured a little differently. Their energy consumption numbers are based on the estimated amount of energy used each hour separately for cooling and heating (if reverse cycle). The example image shown above is the energy rating label for air conditioning system.

PLEASE NOTE: It is harder to compare gas and electric models of the same appliance as the labels display different types of energy used (Gas uses MJ or Megajoules, Electric uses Kw or Kilowatts).

Compare appliance energy ratings online

If you want a quick and efficient way to compare appliance energy ratings for appliance in the Gas Works range, in the comfort of your home then look no further! E3 (Equipment Energy Efficiency) has put together a comparison system that allows you to review and compare the full range of models, including detailed specifications. Visit energyrating.gov.au for more info.

Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with your nearest Gas Works home appliance specialists.

 

Article by Nathan Hockley

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