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Firing up the reno.

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

If you are in reno mode, then you would have seen those fantastic Gas Log Fires that are all the rage on the reno programs. They look so life like and stylish.

Now many people would like one, but they don’t think they can have one because they don’t have a chimney breast or fire place to fit one.

So here is the great news, there are now so many designs and applications they can be just about fitted in any home. Here is an example of how they can be installed.



Now the other thing that many people don’t realise is that unlike the real log fires where a lot of the heat goes up the chimney, today’s gas log fires have 4 and 5 star efficiency ratings. There are even some that you can run ducting off to heat other rooms so you are not just heating a single room.

There are a number of places selling gas log fires online but do be careful there a few things to be aware of.

Firstly you should only purchase gas fires that have been approved to Australian standards and secondly all gas appliances must by law be plumbed in by a licensed gas fitter.

There have been a number of people who have tried to save a few dollars by buying online only to discover that the unit they have purchased isn’t suitable for their application, or by the time they had it fitted it would have been cheaper had they bought locally in the first place.

Another thing to consider is warranty. If the unit develops a fault you will need to deal with online company who sold it to you. The gas fitter who installed it for you isn’t going to want get involved as they are only responsible for the installation. Had you purchase the unit from reputable store and they installed it for you then your path is simple. They will have a relationship with the manufacture and will no doubt ensure that your unit is repaired under the warranty.

Check out the extensive range on this website or talk to one of the helpful staff who can help you in selecting the right fire for your home that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket and buy with confidence knowing that it will be professionally installed and back with a warranty that covers the installation and the unit.

Breamar Cash Back Extended

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

 

Get up to $1000 in rebates and cash back when you invest in your families comfort and have Gas Works installs a Breamar Ducted Gas unit in your home.

Breamar is the world’s first 7 star equivalent ducted gas system and the news just keeps getting better. The Breamar system can save up to $612 per year in running costs compared to a ducted reverse cycle heater and if you are quick the Australian Gas Network are offering $750 rebate for new installations.



Keep your family cosy and warm this winter with a Breamar Ducted Gas System from Gas Works and save. Gas Works are the ducted gas experts and are Climate Masters of Seeley International the manufacturers of Breamar.

The innovative MagIQtouch controller offers incredible user-friendliness and its sleek appearance perfectly blends with the décor of modern Australian homes. As part of its unique energy saving capabilities, it has a built-in, programmable seven day clock, with up to four separate time periods per day, so users can ‘set and forget’ to achieve whatever level of comfort is required.



When you buy a Breamar Ducted Gas system from Gas Works you get a Climates Masters of Seeley International exclusive 7 year warranty on the unit and installation, now there is peace of mind for you. No one knows gas better that Gas Works and that is why Seeley International endorses Gas Works as a Climate Master. Gas Works have been around for 25 years and that is why they are a trusted retailer.

When you buy from Gas Works a you are buying from a family business who take pride in customer service. Gas Works have their own installers so you are assured of professional on time installation and a solid guarantee.

Now is the time to save and be ready to beat the winter chill. Call in, phone or book online to a Gas Works store near you.


*Star rating equivalent. Based on Australian Gas Association’s results calculated in accordance with the testing methodology in AS4556-2011.
^Seeley International's calculation, using data sourced from Sustainability Victoria (2016), adjusted to the Braemar 7 star* equivalent ducted gas heater, compared to a standard efficiency electric reverse cycle ducted air conditioning system, for a heated area of 250 m2. Based on 900 hours running per year. Peak electricity tariff – 27.7 c/kWh. Off-peak electricity tariff – 16.6 c/kWh. Marginal natural gas tariff – 1.50 c/MJ for ducted gas heating. Actual costs for your house will depend on the area heated, how long you run the heating for, your thermostat settings, how well insulated the house is, your energy tariffs and your local climate.

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.

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