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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.

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.

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

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.

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