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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.

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!

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.

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!

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

The Best Climate For Evaporative Cooling

Posted on Saturday, December 01, 2012

With Australia being such a large country our weather is affected by both the Equator and South Pole as they create varying climates in different areas. Because of these climates with varying levels of heat and humidity certain air conditioning systems don’t work as well as others. This is especially the case for evaporative coolers.

Many people see great benefit in installing such a system because their operating costs can be up to 80% lower than their refrigerated counterparts. But unfortunately they aren’t the most efficient systems for everyone. Here we will break down Australia’s climates and find the best climate for evaporative cooling.

 

the best climate for evaporative cooling

Green: Suitable           Yellow: Less Suitable           Red: Too Humid

To see a world view map click here.

 

From the above map of Australia you can see the three main climate areas that have been segmented into green, yellow and red. This follows the traffic light sequence in a similar way. If you’re located in the green area then you are good to go with evaporative air conditioning. With yellow you are in the middle and with red you need to stay away from evaporative.

Evaporative air cons do so well in the Southern Coastal and Inland regions because in summer the air is hot and with low humidity. As humidity starts to rise along with hot weather, evaporative units become less effective. When humidity levels reach the higher end these units will have little to no thermal comfort benefit beyond increasing air movement and overall ventilation.

In regards to areas with moderate humidity there are many uses for evaporative air conditioning in commercial and industrial applications such as kitchens, laundromats, dry cleaners, green houses, loading docks, warehouses, factories, workshops and kennels.

On the look-out for an evaporative air conditioning unit? Talk to the experts that now what works better for you. Get in contact with your nearest Gas Works AC Specialist today!

 

 

Article by Nathan Hockley 

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