Monthly Archives: March 2010

Western Australia Classrooms To Be Built Without Air Conditioning

australian outbackDespite Western Australia’s status as one of Australia’s most consistently hot geographical areas, the State’s education board has decided to limit the number of air conditioners installed in new school buildings and existing classrooms. The policy is in line with other state cost-saving measures, including reduced school resources and completing more schools, rather than upgrading existing classrooms.

Temperatures in the state vary due to its North-South length, but can occasionally reach well above 40°C. The hottest recorded temperature in Western Australia is 50.5°C, measured in February 1998 in the state’s tropical northern section. While state capital Perth enjoys year-round moderate weather, classrooms in the state’s tropical and arid desert areas can often experience extreme temperatures.

Yet a large number of classes are still lacking adequate an air conditioning service. While the state’s ultra-hot Kimberley region has air conditioners fitted in all school buildings, classrooms located in other towns experiencing year-round heat are currently unfitted for air conditioning units. Aiming to reduce expenses, schools are required to use ceiling fans and open windows for cooling.

Despite the region-based air conditioning system, a number of nagging issues remain. Schools built along regional lines are often left without air conditioning systems, despite sharing climate zones with other ‘in region’ schools. While many schools are appealing to parents and potential sponsors for financial support, it appears that air conditioning may not be on the curriculum, even for some of Australia’s hottest schools.

UK Due For a Heatwave, Weather Service Claims

After 2009’s wet summer and major winter storms, Britain is overdue for a heatwave. Climate prediction group Positive Weather Solutions, who correctly predicted last year’s weather conditions, are warning Britons that summer temperatures may exceed 38°C. Despite having just five employees, the weather group has correctly predicted and identified major weather patterns and unusual events, such as 2009’s “big freeze” winter.

Positive Weather Solutions claim that June and July’s weather patterns will mirror last year – large amounts of rain and relatively limited sunshine. Where they’ll differ, the organization believes, is in August. PWS are predicting record levels of sunshine and heat in 2010’s August, possibly even to the point of a new British record temperature.

The warmest summer on record left an all-time high of 38.5°C – a target that’s rarely been approached since it was recorded in 2003. Analysts suggest that this year could be the time that Britain’s weather becomes slightly warmer, with all-round temperature averages predicted to stay at approximately 18°C.

Whether Britain’s weather fantasies come true or not is certainly up for debate. What’s not, however, is the amount of enthusiasm and caution that Britons are showing for the predicted heat. In response to the prediction, many are planning an air conditioned summer – locked indoors and forced out of the heat.

Our advice: enjoy the sunshine. While Britain’s temperatures may end up brushing on uncomfortable, there’s always a way to avoid discomfort – spend mornings enjoying moderate sun, and escape to comfortable environments cooled by an air conditioning service during peak sunlight hours.

Toyota’s New Solar Air Conditioned Prius

Fans of green technology and cool air are in for a surprise when they look inside Toyota’s new 2010 Prius. The new hybrid car comes equipped with a full solar power panel for its air conditioning and in-car entertainment system. In a move towards total green energy, Toyota have stripped away the standard power-hungry air conditioner and replaced it with one that’s closer to a solar cooling system than the gas-sucking system most people know.

It’s said that in most cars, just 15% of used gasoline makes it to the wheels. This alarming statistic is, in most cases, quite true. Air conditioning services, entertainment systems, engine control computers and lights each require a large amount of energy, most of which is generated through burning gasoline. 2010 Toyota Prius

Toyota certainly aren’t the first company to embrace solar air conditioning, although they are the first auto manufacturer to use the technology. A number of office buildings have made use of solar energy for their cool air systems, including the American Apparel factory and management building in Los Angeles.

‘Green conscience’ affects thousands of consumers annually, a spending trend backed up by strong sales of hybrid cars and power-saving equipment. Home air conditioners have been optimized to the point of impressive energy efficiency, however many automobile systems still lag behind in energy usage. While Toyota’s solution certainly doesn’t cut down on all energy usage, it’s a clear step in the right direction.

Lofts and Attics: The Forgotten Air Conditioning Areas

We all remember high school physics classes, right? Warm air rises, and just like many other scientific truths conveniently ignored by homeowners, this one comes with some real-life added effects: an annoyingly toasty temperature in your loft.

A growing number of UK residents are enjoying the warm air on offer in summer by converting their otherwise stuffy attics into full-scale loft living rooms and bedrooms. While most stick to the basic conversions and additions – a small sofa, TV set, or fold-out bed – a range of UK do-it-yourself fans are investing a lot more time, and some serious money, into their lofts. Loft by someToast.

Of course, there’s one part of renovating a loft that’s often ignored: the temperature. Even in the UK’s crisp climate, warm air tends to rise upwards through the house towards the loft or attic space. In homes with insulation, the air difference can be quite noticeable, particularly when the loft itself is only used as a relaxation or living area.

There’s a clear solution, though. Air conditioning service units are available for a range of spaces and room sizes, and loft owners are often let off the hook when it comes to price. With small attic rooms and living spaces, the cost of a full-power air conditioner can be remarkably low.

So save yourself from sweating this summer with an air conditioning unit for the new loft living space. Inexpensive, quiet, and ultra-convenient, an air conditioner is the perfect addition to any stylish loft living space.

The World’s Hottest Cities – 3 Destinations Where Air Conditioning is a Must

Need to travel to somewhere hot? If the winter cold spell is getting you down, a quick trip to one of these tropical hot-spots could be just what’s needed. However, you’d better be comfortable with an air conditioner – with highs of almost 40 degrees Celsius, a holiday in one of these destinations could get painful quickly.

Before you step off the plane into any of these three cities, make absolutely sure your hotel’s got a good air conditioning service:

1. Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok Skyline

The Thai capital may not be the hottest place on earth, but it does have the highest average annual temperature. With highs well into the high 30s coupled with the occasional 40 degree day, this tropical megalopolis doesn’t quite touch deadly heat, but it certainly does verge on uncomfortable.

2. Jizan, Saudi Arabia

Jizan isn’t the hottest place on earth (an honour that goes to California’s Death Valley) but it is one of the most consistently hot. This small city in western Saudi Arabia is closer to tropical than desert steppe, although it does experience the occasional dry month.

3. Wyndham, Australia

Wyndham certainly isn’t the place to go for relaxing summer temperatures. Despite being situated in tropical Western Australia, the small town rarely experiences temperatures below 30 degrees. Highs touch on 40 quite regularly, making Wyndham a pretty nasty place for cool weather fans.

US Researchers Aim to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

A team of researchers from the Palo Alto Research Center have been hard at work on a new thermoacoustic cooling technology that could reduce air conditioning power usage by 50%. With a prototype currently in production and plans to have the technology ready for the market within the next few years, the researchers hope to eliminate upwards of 10% of the United States’ energy usage.

Air conditioning maintenance account for approximately 25% of home energy usage, a figure that’s made up primarily of air conditioning systems in the ultra-hot Southern states. South-western states such as California, Nevada, and Arizona are known for their extreme temperatures, with daytime heat regularly exceeding 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

With standard air conditioning systems only approaching 12% total efficiency, the new technology could be a much-needed boost to systems’ value. With the recession still affecting employment and income for many families, a large amount of people are cutting down on air conditioning usage to escape a high power bill.

However, while air conditioning is often seen as a major expense, it’s rare to find inefficient modern units. The majority of air conditioning complaints come from those with ageing air conditioning installations, or households that operate their systems inefficiently.

Even so, any developments towards greater energy efficiency are great progress. The United States currently generates upwards of 600 million tons of carbon dioxide. The Palo Alto Research Center aim to use their technology for reducing carbon usage, with targets of under 300 million tons per year.

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Abu Dhabi Experiments With Progressive Power Pricing

In a move sure to annoy air conditioning fans, the city of Abu Dhabi plans to experiment with progressively priced power meters. Installed in city condos, apartments, and large homes, the city’s Regulation and Services Bureau aims to decrease overall consumption and promote limited usage during peak hours. Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s power usage is relatively inconsistent, with the city’s ultra-hot summers attracting mass usage of a air conditioning service. Despite the dry air, many residents feel uncomfortable using ceiling fans and natural cooling systems. Air conditioning is more of a necessity than a luxury, with businesspeople and expatriates regularly planning their daily movements around which shopping centres are available to walk through.

Other country’s have experimented with progressive and peak/off-peak power pricing systems in the past. Tropical city Singapore has used time-based power metres in the past, but currently uses a standard system. Much like Abu Dhabi, its year-round hot climate requires the use of air conditioning and heat relief virtually every day.

Abu Dhabi also plan to bring tighter measures to their water system, encouraging water recycling for tasks such as cleaning and irrigation. Almost all of the city’s water supply is available through desalination, leading many to link decreased usage with overall lowered expenses.

The results of the trials are, as of yet, unknown. While the city’s ordinances plan to listen to feedback on the new pricing systems and dual-tied electricity usage, it’s possible that the new power system will result in some skewed data. With many residents unable to get by without air conditioning, turn-it-off incentives could cause nothing but increased revenues.

Air conditioning filters and your lungs!

The quality and effectiveness of the air conditioning filters you install impacts on the health of you and your family. Do you really know what your family is breathing?

When it comes to air pollution, there’s no place like home. Today, most homes are well insulated and air tight to keep the weather outside, but they also keep airborne contaminants inside that cause allergies. We spend as much as 90 percent of our time indoors where it can be polluted two to five times higher than outdoor levels. air con

As a result, the EPA has identified indoor air pollution as one of the top five urgent environmental risks to public health. This makes the performance of your air conditioning filters more crucial than ever.

The dust and dirt floating in the air and collecting on end tables and bookshelves is only a fraction of what’s actually swimming around in the air: an invisible mix of dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold, and smoke that can be annoying to breathe and hazardous to your health and trigger allergic episodes. When your air conditioning filters are clogged because they haven’t been changed, the resulting poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis – so take good care to ensure you use air conditioning maintenance service.

It is critical that you change your air conditioning filters on a regular schedule that fits your home’s environment. This seemingly small task can have a huge impact on your family’s overall health and wellness.

Eco air con is the future

With the serious problems affecting our environment today, many people are wondering how they can control the temperature of their indoor environments without continuing to deplete the natural environment.

Now that ‘green’ building has become so popular, the heating and cooling industry has begun to offer an array of widely available, environmentally friendly air conditioners for both residential and commercial use. By replacing the old-fashioned cooling systems of yesterday with the innovative air conditioning and air cleaning systems of today, we can substantially reduce the amount of damage done by our desire for indoor climate control.  Trendy office aircon

Many well known and respected heating and cooling companies offer high-efficiency air conditioning models for the public consumer. Choose a manufacturer that you trust and check out the range of SEER ratings on their available air conditioning units.

While a highly efficient air conditioner may mean more cost up front, a consumer will save even more in the long term with reduced monthly energy costs. In addition to air conditioners with a high SEER rating that are still powered by the local electric company, there are other alternatives, such as solar powered air conditioners and even newer technologies are still in the works and being developed and tested everyday using a wide array of environmentally friendly, natural and non toxic materials.

Another way to keep the immediate environment friendly is through the use of air cleaners and purifiers, which remove toxic gases, allergens and harmful molds and bacteria from the air by implementing powerful filters and air exchange systems to reduce negative effects on the body and the surrounding physical environment.

For more info, get in touch with our friendly team at Airconco today who are specialists in air conditioning servicing and air conditioning maintenance.

A few tips on the various air conditioners available to you

There are three basic varieties of fixed home air conditioning systems: central air conditioners; split air conditioners and room air conditioners – and here are a few tips for you if you’re in the market for one or needing to maintain your current machine. Air conditioning  unit

Central Air Conditioners – this is made up of an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. You can wash or change the air filter in the indoor unit according to its type. Wire filters can be washed, glass fibre filters have to be replaced. You should do this monthly during the hot season in order to maintain maximum performance and air quality.

You should also clean any dust or grease from the fan blades. Lightly oil the fan shaft and any bearings too. If your unit is belt driven make sure that the belt is not worn and that it is neither too tight nor too loose, which means that there should be some give, but that it should not be so free as to slip. Similar to a car’s fan belt. Degrease and cleanse the coil of tubing.

The outside system should be treated in the same way as the inside box, but you ought to also clear any undergrowth or rubbish from around it to permit an unobstructed airflow. If it is in direct sunlight while in operation, put up a lean-to to give it shade and shelter from rain and snow in the winter.

Split Air Conditioning Systems – the outdoor component should be serviced as above, but the indoor air handler is different as there is no fan pushing air through a structure of ducts. At least once a year, take out the internal filter and wash it or clean it according to the manufacturer’s handbook. If you do this often enough, you will not have to clean the coil.

If you miss a few maintenance sessions, wash the coil as above. Service the outside box as above as well.

Room Air Conditioners – take out the grille and clean or replace the filter at least once every summer. Filters can usually be washed three times and then should be replaced. If you fail to do this, you will have to clean the coil, as above, you can use a air conditioning service for this. In the winter, cover the grille with cling film or a tarp, to prevent cold drafts.