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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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