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Why Choose Evaporative Air Conditioning

Evaporative air conditioners are becoming increasingly popular amongst Perth homeowners. And it’s not surprising. Evaporative coolers are cheaper to install. They’re more environmentally friendly. Plus, they feature significantly lower running costs. For this week’s blog, we’re going to take a quick look at these units; how they work, their benefits, as well as some potential draw-backs.

How Does Evaporative Air Conditioners Work?

Evaporative air conditioners work by drawing hot, external air through a number of ‘filter pads’. As the hot air is drawn over these filter pads, water evaporates, thereby cooling and humidifying it. The now cool and moist air can then be delivered to your home. That cool air enters your house via a series of vents, cooling your indoor space and removing stagnant hot air. It then exits through open doors or windows, making room for another fresh cycle.

Benefits of Evaporative Air Conditioning

The most significant benefit of evaporative cooling is its low installation and running costs. Meaning a lower price for initial set-up and lower energy bills in future. They are also a great choice for those considering their carbon footprint. As they create much fewer CO2 emissions and produce no chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases. And because they work best in dry, hot environments, they’re ideal for Perth conditions.

Evaporative Cooling Running Costs

Evaporative cooling systems use a combination of water and electricity. Below is an estimation of costs, based on the amount of electricity each system uses. Actual costs will depend on the cooling capacity of your unit, as well as your energy company’s pricing structure. Portable units: 2 – 3 cents per hour Window/wall-mounted units: 6 – 7 cents per hour Ducted units (medium size): 12 – 28 cents per hour Source

How Much Water Does Evaporative Cooling Use?

How much water your system uses will largely depend on the type of system you choose. However the air’s humidity and fan speed selected will also affect water consumption. A smaller portable unit can use up to 4 litres of water per an hour. While a larger central system can use as much as 25 litres of water per an hour. Ducted evaporative air conditioners refresh their water supply regularly, so can have higher water consumption rates. Speak to your local air conditioner installer for details. Source

What to Consider When Choosing Evaporative Cooling

One possible draw-back of evaporative cooling is that evaporative coolers work best with windows and doors left open. This is so the cool air cool air can flow in and out of your home, making space for a regular influx of fresh, cool air. Another thing to consider is that evaporative coolers will not be as effective if the outside air is humid. This is because in humid conditions the water does not evaporate as easily from the pads. As a rough guide, remember, the dryer the climate, the better your system will work. If you’ve enjoyed reading this article and would like to find others similar to it, you can do so by clicking the link below.  

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing an Air Conditioner

So you’ve decided to replace your old air conditioner! Or perhaps you’re installing an air conditioner for the first time. It can be an exciting time, you and your family, finally getting the cooling you require after sweating for too long in the Perth heat. But it can also be daunting. With so many types, brands and models to choose from, it’s hard to know which is right for you and your home. Fortunately with a little know-how, and some simple advice, choosing can be a lot easier. Here are our five things to consider when choosing a new air conditioner.

1. Space to be cooled

The first thing you’ll want to think about is the space that you want to cool. Do you want to cool a single room, several rooms or your entire home? If you’re looking to air condition your entire home, a ducted system is often the way to go, as they can comfortably heat and cool every room in your house. An evaporative air conditioner may also to be suitable. To cool a single room or open space, the most popular and often the most affordable choice is a split system air conditioner. However a cassette unit may also be appropriate, especially if unit storage space is very limited.

2. Energy efficiency

Thinking a little about energy efficiency now, could save you big in the future. Air conditioners sold in Australia carry an Energy Rating Label, or ERL. Attached to the system on sale, the ERL lets homeowners like yourself compare the energy efficiency rating of various units. Simply put, the more stars – between one and ten – the more energy efficient the air conditioner. Choosing an air conditioner with a higher energy rating score will reduce your emissions and carbon footprint. It’ll also help reduce your power bills, so remember, spending a bit extra now could save you a lot in the long run.

3. Storage space

Different air conditioning units take up different amounts of spaces. And it’s important to remember that many systems feature two parts, one that needs to be placed inside and one that needs to placed outside. A cassette air conditioning system is recommended If storage space is at an absolute minimum. Cassette air conditioners are mounted in your ceiling and therefore take up very little storage space. If you’re looking at ducted air conditioning, you’ll need to ensure that space for the ducted equipment is available within your home’s floor or ceiling.

4. Heat and cool?

Air conditioning isn’t just for the warmer months. In winter, your home’s air conditioner can provide you with an efficient and affordable source of heat. Ducted reverse cycle, wall mounted split systems, and cassette air conditioning systems all provide both home heating and cooling. If you do not require an air conditioner that is capable of heating, you should consider an evaporative air conditioning system. Evaporative air conditioners use the natural power of water to cool your home. This means extremely low running costs.

5. When to buy

While it’s tempting to have your new air conditioner installed immediately prior to the summer months, purchasing a unit in the quieter (colder) period, can save you both money and time. Many air conditioning suppliers offer specials during winter. Also because it’s the quieter period, you should be able to book an installer quickly and easily. There’s also less chance of having to wait for systems that are in high-demand. If you’ve enjoyed reading this blog and would like to find others similar to it, you can do so, by following the link below.

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4 Common Causes of Air Conditioner Leaks

4 Common Causes of Air Conditioner Leaks
Here are the main probable causes of the leaks in your air conditioner. The air conditioning system is designed to modify the properties of indoor air, particularly temperature and humidity. The dehumidifying process which alters the room humidity can cause some condensation in your appliance. However, if you notice actual leaking of water or pooling under the unit, there is a significant problem. This occurrence can cause extensive water damage to the walls, floors and ceilings, if the issue is left unresolved. Here are the main probable causes of the leaks in your air conditioner.

Blocked Drain Hole

As mentioned, condensation is part of the air conditioning function so some moisture is formed during the process. The appliance is fitted drain hole to allow the moisture to be led away from the main system to prevent pooling and leaking. If this hole is blocked by debris, it will prevent the drainage and consequently, your unit will accumulate water. The position of the drainage hole will vary depending on the type, brand and model of your air conditioner. For example, most window AC products will have the drain hole and attached tubing at the back or bottom of the unit. You should check the hole and eliminate all blockages that could be impending proper drainage. This should stop the leaks if this is the issue. It is important to investigate the sources of the debris to prevent recurrence. Technician with aircon

Poor Installation

If you installed the air conditioning system without professional assistance or your serviceperson was not qualified, you might experience leaks within a short time. Check the positioning of the leaking unit and determine whether it is level or not. A tilted appliance will not be capable of draining all the fluid accumulated during the condensation process. You should contract a licensed AC installer to correct this problem as soon as possible. In other cases, the vents may have been left closed after installation to the present day. This will create excess air pressure inside the units, causing the valves to loosen and leak. Usually, this issue can be resolved by opening the vents. If the leaks continue, consult a professional for proper troubleshooting.

Air Leakage

The air conditioner is designed to work as a closed system in order to ensure maximum efficiency. If the seals on the gaskets, O-rings and hoses in the unit weaken, warm air will flow into the unit. If this comes in contact with the cooled air, excess moisture will form. If you’ve enjoyed reading this article and would like to find others similar to it, you can do so by clicking the link below.

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Why You Should Keep Your Filters Clean

During Australia’s sweltering summers, it’s important to make sure your air conditioner is running smoothly and at its best ability. A vital part of your AC unit is its filter; it prevents the coils in your system from getting clogged up. Stay cool and ensure you keep the filter clean and replace it regularly. Not only will it extend the life of your unit – it will save you money in the long run.

Avoid breakdowns and expensive repair costs

It is recommended to replace your filters every month, or at the very least keep them clean. To do this, soak your filter in plain water and make sure it is free of dust, dirt and grime. While maintaining your filter is vital, it is also important to clean the rest of your unit. Be sure the cooling coils aren’t dirty as well. Keep the airways clear around your outdoor unit and remove any leaves or debris. Be safe; before dealing with your unit, unplug it.

Extend your AC’s lifespan

By taking the time to look after your unit, you’ll extend its life in the long run. You tend to rely on your cooling system in the summer months; it would be a shame for it to break down in the midst of it. If you take proper care of your unit, you’ll be able to reap its benefits for years to come. Technician with aircon

Save money on energy bills

When your filters aren’t replaced or regularly cleaned, your air conditioning system needs to work harder to keep your space cool. You may find yourself reaching for the remote to adjust it, turning it up higher and higher, if your filters are clogged. This can lead to an unsightly energy bill. An ideal setting is generally 24°C in summer or no lower than 8°C below the temperature outside. You’ll be amazed by what a few degrees’ difference can make to your expenses.

Be environmentally friendly

Overuse of air conditioning is causing a negative environmental impact; power plants emit pollution to run electricity. If it’s running smoothly, you won’t need to overwork it and crank up the power. Do your part in protecting the environment by limiting your air conditioning use. In addition to this, consider shading your home by putting up heat blocking curtains or awnings. Book in a professional service twice is a year to make sure your air conditioner is running smoothly and nothing has been overlooked. Ideally, a service before the summer season and before the winter season should be all you need if you take the time to look after your unit. If you’ve enjoyed reading this article and would like to find others similar to it, you can do so by clicking the link below.

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