Infiniti Air https://infinitiair.com.au Air Conditioning Specialists Thu, 12 Jul 2018 22:53:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 How Often Should I Service My Air Conditioner? https://infinitiair.com.au/how-often-should-i-service-my-air-conditioner/ https://infinitiair.com.au/how-often-should-i-service-my-air-conditioner/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 04:00:20 +0000 https://infinitiair.com.au/?p=6830 Just like a car, your air conditioner needs regular servicing to ensure it runs at peak efficiency. Regardless of model, type or age, you should aim to have your air conditioner serviced at least once every year. However, there are several scenarios where you may want to have it serviced more often: If you have […]

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Just like a car, your air conditioner needs regular servicing to ensure it runs at peak efficiency. Regardless of model, type or age, you should aim to have your air conditioner serviced at least once every year.

However, there are several scenarios where you may want to have it serviced more often:

  • If you have reason to suspect your air conditioner is not working properly (see below for more information on spotting problems).
  • If your AC sees a lot of use (for example, an office AC unit run 24/7/365).
  • If you have an evaporative air conditioner – these should be serviced twice a year. First before the start of summer to ensure they are operating well and then again after summer for decommissioning before winter.

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Servicing Your Air Conditioner Will Save You Money

Many AC owners choose to skip servicing to save money, but they actually cost themselves more in the long-run. Regular servicing extends the life of your air conditioning unit; even a few years extra life counts for a lot when a replacement can run to thousands of dollars.

Additionally, regular servicing ensures that your air conditioning is performing at peak efficiency. Your house or business will be cooler, and your heating bills will be lower. Regular maintenance helps you discover and fix small problems before they become much bigger (and more expensive) issues.

What Can I Do To Keep My Air Conditioning Running Well?

Servicing is one way to extend the life of your air conditioner, but the way you treat it in between services matters as well.

The first thing you should do is check, clean and replace your filters regularly. For most systems, you should do this once every six months at a minimum; systems that experience heavy use should be checked every couple of months. Always replace your filters with the ones recommended by the manufacturers.

Additionally, you need to make sure your air conditioner stays clean. Many of the most common air conditioning problems are caused by a lack of cleaning; a small amount of cleaning goes a long way. Clean any vents and check that the condensing unit outside is clean and that the intake is not clogged or covered.

5 Signs It’s Time To Call An Engineer


Unfortunately, most air conditioners aren’t polite enough to wait until right before a service before they have a fault! If you want to keep your AC in top condition, you must stay alert for any signs that your AC unit is performing abnormally or in need of repairs.

We recommend you schedule a service if you spot any of these signs:

1. Reduced Airflow

A reduction in airflow coming from your AC unit is often a sign of a serious problem. It could be the filters (you can check these yourself) or a blockage somewhere, but if its neither of those the compressor may need replacing.

2. Blowing Hot Air Instead of Cold

You expect your air conditioner to cool your room, so when it starts regularly pumping warmer air you know there’s a problem. The two most likely issues are either low refrigerant levels or a faulty compressor.

3. An Unexplained Increase in Energy Bills

When an air conditioner has a problem, it becomes more inefficient – and that means higher energy bills. Even if your rooms are still cool, an increased energy usage signals your AC is having to work harder than before to achieve the same result. Check the filters and the vents for any obvious problems and then book in a service if necessary.

4. Leaks or Excess Moisture

A small amount of water on the unit outside your house is entirely normal, it’s just condensation. But when you notice large amounts of moisture – especially if inside the house – that’s a sign there’s a problem. Normally this means there’s a refrigerant leak – avoid touching the liquid, stop using the unit, and schedule a service.

5. Strange Noises or Smells

Air conditioning should be nearly silent and completely odourless. A change in the level of noise you hear is most likely to be caused by a mechanical problem inside the unit itself; a well-timed service will prevent this from getting worse. Similarly, a bad smell could indicate mould inside your ducting – although it could just be a filter, so check those first.

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7 Factors That Influence Air Conditioning Prices in Perth https://infinitiair.com.au/7-factors-that-influence-air-conditioning-prices-in-perth/ https://infinitiair.com.au/7-factors-that-influence-air-conditioning-prices-in-perth/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 03:10:54 +0000 https://infinitiair.com.au/?p=6308 Looking for air conditioning in Perth? You’ve probably noticed that it’s hard to find an exact price (including fitting) online. There’s a reason for that: the wide range of factors that affect the overall cost mean that professionals cannot provide an accurate quote without first surveying your building. In fact, anyone offering a quote without […]

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Looking for air conditioning in Perth? You’ve probably noticed that it’s hard to find an exact price (including fitting) online. There’s a reason for that: the wide range of factors that affect the overall cost mean that professionals cannot provide an accurate quote without first surveying your building. In fact, anyone offering a quote without seeing your premises is putting your project at risk – what do you do when the turn up and decide they need to charge more?

Getting an exact price might be impossible without a quote, but you can get a rough idea by understanding the factors that affect the cost, and this will help you have an informed conversation with your air conditioning professional. Let’s take a look:

(Want to skip straight to the quote? Contact Infiniti Air today and receive your FREE on-site quote within 48 hours)

Factor 1: The Type of Air Conditioning

The type of air conditioning you purchase will have an impact on both the initial purchase price and your ongoing costs (see our section on efficiency below). An evaporative air conditioning system will be cheaper to install than a split-system air conditioner, and both will be cheaper than a ducted system.

However, your choice shouldn’t just come down to price. If you want to cool an entire building, for example, then evaporative or split systems will be ineffective – a ducted system would be a far more efficient option. Your air conditioning professional should be able to advise you on the best products for your desired outcome.

Factor 2: The Size of Unit You Purchase

Bigger air conditioning units can cool larger areas and more rooms, but they also cost more upfront. Additionally, your electricity usage will be higher – a 14kW split-system cooling several rooms will use far more power than a small 2.6kW one-room setup.

Factor 3: Installation Requirements

After the purchase cost of the equipment itself, the installation is the next biggest factor in the up-front cost. Different systems have different requirements which may result in an easier or harder installation. Evaporative systems, for example, require a source of water, while ducted systems require ducting put in place between the air conditioning system and the rooms that you are cooling. The ease with which these can be put in place will vary between installation and often increase the cost.

Factor 4: The Efficiency of Your System

Once your air conditioning has been installed, your main expenditure will be running costs. The efficiency of your system can have a big effect on these costs – more efficient systems will use less electricity to produce the same amount of cooling than less efficient models.

For example, you might need to run model A six hours per day to keep your building cool, but model B might require just five hours to maintain the same temperature. Assuming a 14kW system and a peak electricity cost of $0.50 per kWh, choosing model A could cost you more than $2,500 per year in extra electricity.

Electricity Use Peak electricity cost Hours per day to cool building Cost per day Cost per year Saving vs other model
Model A 14kW $0.50 per kWh 6 hours $42 $15,330 n/a
Model B 14kW $0.50 per kWh 5 hours $35 $12,775 $2,555

Perth residents and businesses that expect to use their air conditioning a lot will save money by investing in a more efficient system.

Factor 5: When You Use It

Your ongoing running costs may vary considerably depending on the time of day – many electricity plans charge different amounts for peak and off-peak usage. For businesses, it’s likely that most usage will be at peak times, while home usage tends to vary. If you’re just putting your AC on for a couple of hours when you get home from work your costs are going to be far lower than if you’re running it all afternoon.

Factor 6: The Rooms You’re Trying to Cool

The room you’re trying to cool also have a big effect on your running costs. Larger rooms, of course, have more air that needs to be cooled, so you’ll either need a more powerful air conditioner or you’ll need the AC on for longer to get the temperature you desire.

Another factor is how quickly your room warms up; if your room has many north-facing windows, for example, you’d expect it to get warmer and stay warmer due to the large amount of sunlight it receives. Another room on the opposite side of the house might naturally stay much cooler.

Factor 7: Your Air Conditioning Professional

The final factor affecting price is the who. While it may be tempting to save a few dollars by either doing some of the work yourself or hiring an inexperienced fitter, the best results and support come from engaging professional teams with years of experience.

Infiniti Air has more than 21 years’ experience fitting a wide range of air conditioning systems. In addition to the warranties you receive with our high-end products, we also guarantee our own work, so you’re protected in the event that anything goes wrong:

  • Five years’ warranty on parts & labour
  • Five years’ warranty on zones & labour
  • Two years’ warranty on Wi-Fi
  • Ten years’ warranty on workmanship
  • Our personal guarantee that we offer Perth’s most efficient air conditioning

Do you need a quote for an air conditioning system? Contact us today for a FREE on-site quote with a 48-hour turnaround time.

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New Homes Guide TV Featuring Infiniti Air & Solar Team https://infinitiair.com.au/new-homes-guide-tv-features-infiniti-air-and-solar/ https://infinitiair.com.au/new-homes-guide-tv-features-infiniti-air-and-solar/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:37:13 +0000 https://infinitiair.com.au/?p=4798 The post New Homes Guide TV Featuring Infiniti Air & Solar Team appeared first on Infiniti Air.

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Introducing the Infiniti Air Conditioning Team

The New Home Guide TV features Infiniti Air & Solar team installing a solar and AC package to Carole’s home. The customers were pleased and satisfied.

For them, hiring Infiniti Air & Solar team was the best choice they’ve ever made!

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What is Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning? https://infinitiair.com.au/what-is-reverse-cycle-air-conditioning/ https://infinitiair.com.au/what-is-reverse-cycle-air-conditioning/#respond Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:51:13 +0000 https://infinitiair.com.au/?p=2774 Whether you need reverse cycle air conditioning for your home or office, you need to know the factors to consider in the price to pay. This guide will help you decide on where to install your reverse cycle air conditioning and the starting cost minus the technical jargons.

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You may be more familiar with the term ‘heat pump’ than reverse cycle air conditioning, and that’s fair enough – it’s a mouthful!

Simply put, it’s a type of air conditioning system which cools your home using a refrigeration cycle, and then reverses that process to warm it up. This allows for optimal climate control throughout the year – whatever the temperature.

Even better than that, you can opt for ducted reverse cycle air conditioning. Most people are familiar with split air conditioning, or ‘highwall’, where you have a system mounted on the wall, heating or cooling that particular room.

A ducted air conditioning system is the next step up, giving you total control over the temperature of every room in your home just using the one system, with no need for an individual heat pump in every room.

We have put together a quick but comprehensive buying guide to help you understand what is involved in choosing ducted reverse cycle air conditioning for your home.

ducted air conditioning

If you’re looking for whole of home comfort, ducted air conditioning is a great solution.

Why ducted reverse cycle air conditioning?

 

One system = year-round optimal climate control.

Ducted systems are more energy efficient. When you live in Perth a good air conditioning system is a must but, as you’ve been aware this winter, it can get pretty cold here too.

For most homes, the heat from one system or a fireplace won’t get to every room, so using a ducted system means you can have heat when and where you need it. These systems allow you to create a consistent temperature throughout your house – which is much more comfortable and healthier for you and your family!

What to know when choosing your system.

 

First off – is this for an existing property or new build?

For a new build, it’s best to gather some important details before getting quotes such as;

  • Your floor plan
  • The ceiling cavity space (if your space is small you can use a slimline system)
  • Do you have a 3-phase power supply? (needed for larger systems)
  • Your existing insulation and energy efficiency
  • Position and size of windows and doors

Incorporating a system into a new build is ideal, but if you are retrospectively adding this to your home don’t stress, installing a ducted system after building is very common and will be suitable for most homes.

Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning

For most homes, the heat from one system or a fireplace won’t get to every room, so using a ducted system means you can have heat when and where you need it.

What is the cost?

 

Ducted air conditioning prices will range depending on the size of your home, the type of system you choose, the energy efficiency of the system and construction of your house. Ducting gives you targeted control – you only heat or cool the rooms you are using for the length of time you need it, so you can keep energy costs down.

The installation of a system will usually be upwards of $5,000, but it pays to spend that little bit extra to use a professional who will install a quality system which meets the Australian standard for ductwork (AS 4254). Otherwise, it won’t be as thermally efficient – costing you more money in the long run.

Having an air-conditioned home isn’t a luxury, it’s an important part of maintaining a healthy and comfortable home for you and your family.

If you need more information or assistance with choosing the right air conditioning system for your home, give our experts at Infiniti Air a call.

Infiniti Air is your local Perth ducted air conditioning installers, specializing in helping you live in endless comfort – every day and every season.

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Infiniti Air – Actron Award Winners 2017 https://infinitiair.com.au/actron-award-winners-2017/ https://infinitiair.com.au/actron-award-winners-2017/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 03:30:17 +0000 https://infinitiair.com.au/?p=2682 Our team at Infiniti Air are very proud to announce that we have taken out the Number 1 Actron Dealer for WA Award AND are the Number 1 Actron Dealer for Actron Que Australia Wide.

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Our team at Infiniti Air are very proud to announce that we have taken out the Number 1 Actron Dealer for WA Award AND are the Number 1 Actron Dealer for Actron Que Australia Wide.

This is a pretty big deal to our company as a whole.

These awards don’t just acknowledge all the hard work we have been putting in, but also represent the number of homes, families and businesses we have helped make a little more comfortable this year.

Now that is rewarding!

Actron Award Winners 2017

After all, that’s a big part of why we do this, and while it was nice to receive those trophies, we are now back to work, meeting clients, finding out how we can help and making it happen.

So what makes Actron award-worthy?

We live in Perth just like you do and we have experienced our fair share of scorching summers!

We know it takes the right system to keep you cool when it really counts. Actron is the only Australian air conditioning system designed to perform at its best when the temperatures soar above 40°C – Perth’s specialty.

They are also efficient, incredibly cost-effective and silent enough that you might just forget it’s there – just some of the reasons why we exclusively supply and install Actron.

As you can tell, we believe it’s the best air conditioning system available in Australia and, combined with our professional and experienced installation teams, will keep you and your family comfortable and cool through many summers to come.

Of course, right now our units are keeping us nice and warm as we hit this colder season. If you are struggling to get out of bed in the mornings, or still wearing your jacket in the office, our team would be happy to help make things a little easier.

All our team at Infiniti Air would also like to say a massive and heartfelt thanks to all the customers who have supported us, trusted us with their homes, and referred us to their friends and family this year.

We couldn’t have done it without you!

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5 Common Air Conditioning Problems https://infinitiair.com.au/5-common-air-conditioner-problems/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:18:21 +0000 https://infinitiair.com.au/?p=2550 Minimise the risk of the problem occurring with your AC's at home in Australia. Here's a list of Air Conditioner problems and possible solutions to follow.

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An air conditioner (AC), like most electronic appliances, can breakdown anytime without much prior notice or indication. Thankfully, not all AC’s run through problems. If well-maintained or taken good care of, there shouldn’t be much to worry about. However, there are certain problems that are likely to affect the majority of air conditioners, regardless of how good their upkeep is.

The following are five common air conditioner problems:

Refrigerant Leak

If your AC cooling is not up to the mark, it could mean the unit was not optimally charged at installation or there’s a leak. A refrigerant leak basically indicates a small hole(s) in the AC pipeline. This means the chemical responsible for cooling is taking the wrong exit. A temporary solution to the problem is refilling the system with new refrigerant. A permanent and recommended solution is fixing the leak itself. The costs of fixing the leak could be higher than refrigerant infusion, but it’s worth the price.

Electronic thermostat for controlling air conditioning and heating HVAC - air conditioner problems

Set your Electronic thermostat right to save on air conditioning expenses

Sensor Issues

Room AC’s are usually equipped with a thermostat sensor, which is situated on the rear of the control panel. The thermostat helps gauge air that enters the evaporative coil. In case the sensor is not located in the right spot, the AC may behave erratically or cycle constantly. Ideally, the sensor must be positioned close to the coil but not close enough to be touching it. It must alter its spot by bending carefully the wire holding it in position.

In case the thermostat is programmable, ensure the thermostat is set right. The sensor settings must make sure the temperature is optimal when you’re at home and slightly higher when you’re outdoors. With increasing temperature, you would likely save on air conditioning expenses. The thermostat setting should be altered based on how large your domestic space is and which part of the room you’re positioned in.

Dirty Filter

A filthy AC filter is an extremely common issue. A clogged/dirty filter would reduce the AC unit’s efficiency. Fortunately, cleaning a dirty filter is fairly straightforward. If you haven’t cleaned your AC’s filter in some time, do it right away. Generally, AC filters must be changed or cleaned monthly, particularly if your central air con is used regularly or if there are pets in the house.

Clean AirCon filter with no visible dust - air conditioner problems

Make sure your Air Con filter is clean, with no visible dust. A clogged/dirty filter would reduce the AC unit’s efficiency.

Loud Noises

Loud banging noises are usually not common. But if they do happen, there could be some serious issues with the AC unit. The noise could be literally deafening at times. If so, the problem would likely be a dislocated fan belt. Fixing this is not too complex, but since there’s high-powered electrical machinery involved, only a licensed professional can fix it right. Till the problem is not fixed, it’s recommended not to turn on the air conditioner in the interim. Switching the AC on without addressing the issue would only worsen the condition. If you’ve hired a technician to solve the problem, make sure he also looks into the motor’s bearings.

Foul Smell

Bad odour from AC units could be caused due to mildew, fungi, or mould growth courtesy drainage pipe clogs, outside smells that the AC pulls in and releases into the house, and/or small deceased living creatures in or near the AC. These are just some of the causes. Your AC might smell bad for some other reason too. If your AC stinks, get the unit serviced at the earliest. A blocked drainage pipe not just stinks up your room but may also lead to water buildup, causing further more damage to the unit in the long run. However, if you usually subject your AC to an annual inspection, such issues and almost all the aforementioned problems can be nipped in the bud.

Those are just the common Air Conditioner problems. However, if you encounter anything unusual with your AC’s, contact a professional technician right away. Call us today.

 

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What Is An Inverter Air Conditioner https://infinitiair.com.au/inverter-air-conditioner/ Sun, 16 Apr 2017 06:23:45 +0000 https://infinitiair.com.au/?p=2572 This article is for residents in Australia and those who want to know more about Inverter Air Conditioner and the benefits it can provide to them.

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This article is for those who want to install an air conditioning equipment, do not know about inverter technology, and the long term energy savings it can provide to them.

So, what is an Inverter Air Conditioner?

Using the latest advancements in technology, inverter equipped air conditioners are quieter than conventional air conditioners and more economical to operate. These units have the capability to control its thermal transfer rate continuously by modifying the speed of the compressor in response to the demands for cooling.

Unlike traditional air conditioners that run at 100% capacity as soon as they are switched on, the inverter model starts functioning at a low level, following which it progressively increases in cooling capability, depending on the requirement to cool down the temperature of the room. This model makes use of an inverter to regulate the speed of its compressor.

The input power supply in such models is initially rectified to direct current (DC), following which it is inverted to the alternating current (AC) of the required frequency with the help of pulse width modulation. In simple language, the speed of the compressor of such ACs increases and decreases based on the room temperature. This is in stark contrast to standard ACs in which the compressor has to stop and start repeatedly to maintain the desired room temperature.

woman in a room with inverter air conditioner

A woman cooling down her temper in a cold temperature room. Benefits offered by the Inverter Air Conditioner – achieves the desired room temperature much faster

Benefits of the Inverter AC

Although these units cost more than standard ACs, they make up for their high cost in a couple of years as they are extremely energy efficient and consume roughly 60% less power than the traditional AC units.

Here are some of the other benefits offered by the Inverter Air Conditioner:

• It achieves the desired room temperature much faster
• The start up time is quicker, since its cooling mechanism depends directly on the ambient room temperature
• Hardly emits any sound while running
• Does not damage sensitive electronic gadgets connected on the same power supply as there is no voltage peaks from its compressor
• Maximises the comfort level of the air inside the room, as there are no temperature fluctuations

Tru-Inverter Air Conditioner

Tru-Inverter Air Conditioner

Selecting the best Inverter AC

Although many companies manufacture such ACs, all of them pale in comparison to Actron Air. It is unarguably the best make of inverter AC available.

Its “Tru-inverter” technology coupled with an extremely precise compressor allows it to:

• Deliver the perfect amount of cooling or heating
• Reach the desired temperature level quickly
• Maintain the set temperature flawlessly
• Help you save a whopping 75% on energy bills

To know more about the latest updates on Air Conditioners and installation services, contact Infiniti Air today. We’re all about finding the best solution for your needs.

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Actron Connect Helps Manage Your Air Conditioning Needs https://infinitiair.com.au/actron-connect/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:14:24 +0000 https://infinitiair.com.au/?p=2565 Controlling the air conditioning during Australia's hot and humid summers just became easier with Actron Connect app. Find out more information here.

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Controlling the air conditioning during Australia’s hot and humid summers just became easier. With the Actron Connect app, you can control your cooling just by tapping your smartphone or tablet or accessing your computer.

Featuring clean design and easy-to-use controls, Actron Connect allows you to easily set your comfort levels on your Actron Air ducted system whether you are home or away. Actron is known for producing one of the most efficient air conditioning systems for the harsh Australian climate, so it is no surprise that the company has created one of the most advanced apps on the market today.

Actron Connect Features

Actron Connect Features – Colour coding makes it easy for you to choose the function you wish to access.

Design Features

With Actron Connect, you won’t have to memorize any complex codes. Colour coding makes it easy for you to choose the function you wish to access. Blue is for cooling, red for heating, green for fan only operation and purple for the auto function.

The home screen has a host of user-friendly features. A large power button allows you to easily turn your system on or off. System status indicates heating or cooling mode, while current temperature and your set temperature are also easy to see. Press the arrow buttons to set the temperature up or down. Mode settings for cooling, heating, fan, and auto are also on the home page, along with a fan button that allows you to choose from among three different speeds plus an ESP indicator.

Full Zone Control

A separate screen gives you complete control over the zones in your home. Name the zones according to their occupants or usage, such as family room, master bedroom, kitchen, etc. For users with an ActronAir Ultima upgraded system, you’ll also be able to see the current temperature in each zone.

Woman Using Digital Tablet - Enjoying Actron Connect App

Woman Using Digital Tablet – Enjoying Actron Connect App

Set and Forget for Ultimate Convenience

The set and forget timer is made for busy Australians on the go. Instead of worrying about watching the clock when you want to adjust your heating or cooling needs, you can set it and forget it. Actron Connect will do the job for you. The flexible timer controls allow you to set the timer once and get on with your day. Never again will you worry about whether you turned on the system too late. The system is also ideal for those situations where you may have no access to WiFi, such as on a flight, when you want to turn the system on, allowing you to return home to complete comfort.

Just like the rest of the app, timer controls are easy to use. The set time indicator lets you set operations by scrolling up or down with timer increments in minutes and hours. Simply press accepts to finalize the set time.

Fast and Intuitive

Not only do you get controls that are as fast and intuitive as your air conditioning system, you get superior support and service from a staff that is based completely in Australia. You’re never more than a call away from help. Parts are always ready in stock for this Australian designed and manufactured system.

To know more about products from Actron, contact Infiniti Air today. It’s just another way we can make your life easier.

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How Does Air Conditioning Work? https://infinitiair.com.au/guide-on-how-does-air-conditioning-work/ Sat, 08 Apr 2017 04:22:56 +0000 https://infinitiair.com.au/?p=2557 Residents in Australia should read this simple guide on how does air conditioning work. Understanding the factors that our AC's produce for our comfort.

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A Simple Guide On How Does Air Conditioning Work

Trying to understand the ins and outs of air-conditioning is always a challenge, but by thinking of it as a sort of enormous refrigerator for very large spaces (rather than, say, a very big fan) it starts to make a little bit more sense. Like a refrigerator, air-conditioning takes advantage of science: converting liquid to gas so that heat is absorbed and air is cooled. With air conditioning, this process just happens over and over again.

Heat absorption

Scientists figured out that by converting liquid into gas, you get heat absorption, and this is what the entire premise of air conditioning is built on – simple heat absorption and then repeat and then repeat. By allowing this conversion to take place over and over again, air conditioners are basically absorbing the heat from inside a closed space (i.e the home) and putting it on the outside, making the closed space colder or warmer. Thus the concept of “recycled air”.

On a side note, thinking about the air conditioner as a fan is not entirely wrong, as it is always special fitted with fans as a way to pump this cooled or heated air around the desired space.

Thinking about the air conditioner as a fan is not entirely wrong, as it is always special fitted with fans as a way to pump this cooled or heated air around the desired space.

The three-part system

The device is generally composed of three unique parts: the compressor, the condenser and the evaporator. If you have ever paid close attention to an air conditioning installation, you will notice that there is both an indoor and outdoor part – the outdoor makes the louder noise and drips water on passers-by. This is because the compressor and the condenser can be found on the outside, while the evaporator is what you see on the inside.

The first step

Think of the process as a major change taking place: the change from a cool, low-pressure liquid into a high-pressure gas. The first step in the process is that the working fluid (at this point a gas) arrives at the compressor and is then squeezed by the compressor from the outside, which presses the fluid molecules together with varying pressure. The tighter these molecules are squeezed together, the higher its temperature will be. This is the basis of air-conditioning.

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technician fixing an air conditioning compressor

The condenser and transformation into gas

After being compressed, the fluid is pumped into the condenser, where devices that look like metal fins function in the way that a car radiator works and removes portions of the heat by helping it dissipate. This means that upon leaving the condenser, the air is a great deal cooler, while having transformed into a liquid thanks to the heightened pressure. Once this new liquid moves into the inside of the house (the evaporator) its temperature drops even more as it is pushed through a highly narrow hole. As its pressure drops, it starts to evaporate into a gas (this being the clever conversion mentioned above).

The last stage (before the beginning)

This is where the heat absorption occurs. As the evaporation occurs, the molecules literally absorb heat from the space. The fluid leaves the evaporator in very cool, low-pressure gas form. Upon making its journey around the room it heads back to the compressor to repeat the process for another time.

So how does air conditioning work?

Well, in short, in can be viewed as a complex and highly elegant cycle by which working fluid is refrigerated, is then converted to a gas, heat is absorbed, compressed, turned back into a liquid, before the entire process starts again from the beginning, which could potentially go on forever. This is why thinking of air conditioning is always best done by thinking of it as a cycle.

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Dealing with Heat Waves https://infinitiair.com.au/dealing-with-heatwaves/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:23:42 +0000 https://infinitiair.com.au/?p=2490 Here is some information on how to cope with the rising energy costs in Australia and the case for using energy efficient Air Conditioners

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Why Australian Residents Should Use Efficient Air Conditioners?

According to the Australian Medical Association, the annual number of deaths caused by heat strokes in Australia far exceeds the number of deaths caused by auto accidents and natural disasters such as cyclones and floods. Air Conditioners can help prevent the affect of excessive heat on the vulnerable people in Perth such as the sick and elderly.

Heatwave Warning Services

The Australian government and other agencies are looking for creative ways of dealing with this challenge. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology, for instance, launched an early warning service called Heatwave Warning Services in 2014. The service aims to forewarn communities in Australia of expected heatwaves on time (days in advance), thereby enabling people to take the necessary measures to protect themselves from the sweltering weather. Such measures include inspecting and repairing air conditioning units to ensure they are in  good working condition.

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Air Con Ownership and High Electricity Costs

Today, about a quarter of all Australian households own either a refrigerated air conditioner or an evaporative cooler. Unfortunately, the cost of electricity in Australia has been rising steadily in the recent past. For instance, the cost increased 70% nationally between June 2007 and December 2012. It is important to note that about 50% of the increase was attributed to “spiralling network costs,” which are essentially the costs of acquiring poles and wires, the Productivity Commission reports.

Peak Demand Periods

While 25% of the Australian electricity network remains unused for long periods, the network may be unable to cope with an ever-increasing peak demand, potentially leading to power outages. This is because, even in relatively cool summers, more than 4.6 million Australian households operate at least one air conditioner. Of course, power companies in Australia can upgrade their networks to enable them meet peak demand. However, this would mean even higher power bills for consumers.

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Actron Air Conditioning System

Alternative Solutions

To protect the vulnerable groups from even higher power costs and power outages, Australians should minimise their AC usage during peak times and/or look for alternative ways to keep cool during heatwaves. Some practical alternatives include turning your AC down a notch or two and using solar power to run your AC system.

Other strategies include establishing outdoor cooling centres such as swimming pools and green spaces, as well as using efficient air conditioners such as ActronAir air conditioning systems, which are up to 70% more energy efficient than other air conditioners.

Conclusion

Australian households can help manage electricity costs nationally, especially during peak periods, by turning off AC systems whenever possible and using solar energy to run AC systems. You can also choose whisper quiet Actron Air systems to excel in this harsh climate. What’s more, using ActronAir air conditioning systems can reduce your AC power requirements by up to 70%.

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