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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!

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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Solar Power - The truth the whole truth

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You know there isn’t a day that goes by when someone isn’t offering the unrepeatable deal of the century on solar power systems that just seems just too good to be true. Generally I have always found that if it sound too good to be true then chances are that is exactly what it is.

Now the idea of solar power sound great but, who do you trust?

Gas Works have been installing solar systems for over 20 years so if any is going to know then a trust SA Company like Gas Works is a great place to start.

So what make for a good solar power system, in short it is one that suits your needs and that will vary depending on what your needs are. It will also depend on exactly what size system you can fit on your roof, what you are looking to achieve from a solar system and what budget you have to spend on a system.

Now the price of a system can vary dramatically however in the long run there is no substitute for quality. While the cheaper systems may perform well at first as they get older they can experience problems. There can be issues with the inverters or the panels themselves. There are a number of solar power companies who are no longer in business and tracking down the manufacture of the panels is not always easy and the vast majority are made overseas.

So what size system do you need and how much do they cost? This will depend on your power usage however the average size systems installed are 3-5 kilowatt. These will dramatically reduce the average household bill. You can expect to pay somewhere between $5,000 - $6,000 for a good quality 3 kilowatt system after the government rebate. This means you should always look at solar as a long term investment. Generally you can expect to your system to pay for itself in approximately 4 -5 years and has an expectant life of 20-25 years.

Gas Works recommend that before investing in a system, spend a week measuring your usage between 6am-6pm. This let you know how much power you are consuming during the daytime, while your system is producing power.

What you don’t use you can sell back to the grid, however in most cases you pay more for power than you get back.

With a north facing roof with a pitch of 25-30% you can expect a system to produce 4.2 kilowatts of power per day per kilowatt of system.

Want more information on a solar power system to suit your needs? Talk to the Solar Power Specialists at your nearest Gas Works Showroom who will help find what works better for you.

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