EFFICIENT: Recent studies conducted in Australia show reverse cycle air conditioning systems are more efficient and cost effective to run than ever before.
As a general class, air conditioning faces the criticism of being costly to run, noisier than some other heating options and not the best for allergy suffers.
However, Dave Smith, general manager of sales and marketing for Fujitsu General Australia, saysrecent studies conducted in Australia have shown reverse cycle air conditioning systems more efficient and cost-effective to run than ever before.
And, he says, with gas prices expected to triple in the next few years, it makes split system air conditioning worth serious consideration.
“Engaging with a fully qualified air conditioning installer to install the product ensures the product operates as efficiently as it is designed to. This will also ensure the air conditioning system is correctly sized for the space required,” he said.
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Bi-riteCarey CoversFostersLyal EalesMidwest ElectricalArarat Mower CentreGilbert & JuryStephen Dalton GasfittingTJO Services“These days, thanks to state-of-the-art technologies, systems such as ourFujitsu inverter reverse cycle systems are quiet, can handle Australia’s weather extremes and reach the desired temperature quickly and have options with filters which helpremove fine particles and dust to maintain high indoor air quality.”
He said consumers need to consider which system will be right for their home.
“A reverse cycle split system allows homeowners to heat or cool one room or area, such as a bedroom or living area, theycan vary in capacity and can be matched to suit any area of the home.
“A multi system is ideal for use in multiple rooms within a home with up to four indoor units connected to one outdoor unit. For example, connect one larger indoor unit in the living area and three smaller indoor units for the bedrooms. Each indoor unit can also be individually controlled to suit that space.”
Ducted air conditioning systems offereven greater flexibility and a whole home solution with the ability to heat or cool the home using discreet grills in the ceiling. Ducted air conditioning can also be ‘zoned’ – this means each zone can be switched on or off as required. For example, bedrooms set-up as zone one, kitchen and living as zone two.
“It is important to be able to zone different areas as only heating or cooling the rooms that are occupied reduces energy consumption and improves cost efficiencies of the system. This can mean heating living areas during the day and bedrooms at night. It gives the homeowner greater control of their comfort.”
Dave’s Top TipsCarry outthe general maintenance requirements as outlined in the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure optimum efficiency. For indoor units, make sure there’s a regular filter maintenance routine to ensure the airflow is not restricted. For the outdoor unit, make sure it is clear from any obstructions such as leaves or other garden waste, or other household items such as the pet’s day beds so as to not block the airflow, which can reduce efficiency. Like a car, an air conditioner will require a professional to complete a service dependant on use – this can usually be completed at the 18 month to two year mark.
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