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The Benefits Of Air Conditioning

Over the years there has been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing over the issue of air conditioning, and whether it is a good tool to have in your workplace and your home. We believe that air conditioning is the perfect environmental control tool for both your home and workplace, and will help you save time, energy and money.

Air Conditioning At Home

When you’re at home relaxing, the last thing you want to do is keep getting up and down to turn the thermostat, open the windows or light the fire to achieve a comfortable temperature. Residential air conditioning systems allows you to enjoy a consistent indoor temperature in your home, and it’s all controllable from your mobile phone! Modern residential air conditioning units reduce humidity in your home and filters out allergens and mites, so your hay fever worries can be a thing of the past. It also helps banish insects and noise from your home at night, as you no longer need to open windows to keep cool. This has a secondary advantage for keeping your home secure, and not having to worry about leaving windows and doors open when you go out or at night to keep the heat down.

A home air conditioning system also needs to be discreet, so that you can enjoy the benefits without having an eyesore of a unit in every room. Residential air conditioning is designed with home comforts in mind, so it’s unobtrusive in nature, silent and very energy efficient to help keep your bills low. The modern air conditioning systems also improve your air quality with air purifying filtration systems to reduce bacteria, dust, mites, fur and pollen, making it more pleasant for those suffering respiratory problems.

The Difference At Work

While air conditioning a large area of office space might seem a bit much (they can just open windows, can’t they?) you will see huge benefits in terms of the performance of your employees. For example, an employee who is feeling hot and sweaty will not be working to their optimum abilities – they will be too distracted by the heat. If you have an air-conditioned office environment with climate control, you are able to keep your office at a constant and comfortable temperature, allowing your employees to focus and improve their productivity.

You will also see a reduction in stress levels and employee sickness thanks to the air filtration systems, which help prevent the spread of bugs and colds. You air conditioning also keeps your employees warm in winter and cool in summer, and helps keep essential systems like computer rooms and servers from overheating and shutting down. For rooms like this you might need specialised equipment, but it is always best to ask your air conditioning professional. If your business serves the public, it is important to maintain a consistent and comfortable environment for your customers, as this not only improves their impression of your customer service, but also makes them more receptive to hearing about your products and making a purchase.

Overall, air conditioning is the perfect climate control solution for any space or purpose. With diverse and flexible add on options and functions, it doesn’t matter if you want to cool a small home office, heat a large open office space or even regulate the temperature in the ward of a hospital, one simple air conditioning unit can do it all. For your free consultation and quote, why not get in touch with one of the team today?

Preparing Your Air Conditioning Unit For Winter

It’s sad to say, but summer is officially over, and the winter months are closing in fast. October is the month where most of us reach for the heating dial and start loading up on logs for the fire. But preparing for winter is more than just pulling on some thick socks, and your home and heating systems might need a bit of attention before the cold months start to bite. If you have an air conditioning unit that only operates cold air, then it needs some TLC before the winter months hit. But if you have one of our combination heating and air conditioning units, then there are some steps you need to take to get it ready and operating smoothly.

Outdoor Air Conditioning Units

When it comes to air conditioners, the outdoor units are likely to take the brunt of the winter abuse. Outdoor units are often just used for cold air, and so aren’t used in the winter months. But you wouldn’t leave your car sat on the driveway without maintenance or preparation, and you shouldn’t leave your air conditioner there either without maintenance. So when you decide it’s time to turn the unit off for the season, you need to get it serviced and cleaned before turning it off. Once it’s been deactivated, it’s then a case of to cover or not to cover?

You will get a lot of different opinions on this depending on who you talk to, we at Advantage Air Systems sit firmly on the side of cover. Make sure your unit is clean, and that the cover you are using allows ventilation. The main reason people are reluctant to cover their air con units is the risk of moisture and air flow problems around the unit, leading to mould and other unpleasant things living on your unit over the winter. By making sure your unit and cover are clean and dry, and buying a cover with proper ventilation you can be confident that there won’t be any surprises come summer!

The main advantage of covering your unit is that it will be protected from falling debris, ice and leaf build up through the cold and wet months, so your parts will last longer and not be damaged by unexpected turns in weather.

Indoor Aircon And Heating Units

Because these units are indoors, they obviously don’t need the same protection from the elements as the outdoor units do. But there are still a few things you need to do before you make the switch between from cooling your home to warming it. The first is obviously to make sure that nothing is blocking any of the vents in or out of the unit. When the unit is cooling the air this isn’t as much of a hazard (though it is still dangerous!) but when on the heating setting any blockages can be a real fire hazard. The next step is to remove and clean your filters, replacing any that are beyond repair. This will help keep the unavoidable energy bill that little bit lower, as well as keeping your air clean and free of allergens.

Beyond the filters, you should also check the blower belt and oil, and make sure the blower doors are completely sealed. The blower belts in air conditioning and heating units can fray and wear out due to exposure, and the oil levels help prevent this wear and tear. A tight seal on the blower doors will make sure the gasses produced by your system (such as carbon monoxide) will exit your home safely, without leaking and putting your family at risk.

The final thing you should check is that your exhaust flue is secured and not being blocked. Wet collections of leaves and mulch can present a real risk to clogging your exhaust flue, which will cause damage to the parts and potentially a backup of gasses and fumes. If you’re not confident taking apart your unit, this can all be checked out by your air conditioning professional during a service and check-up.

Above all, the most important thing to do is get your unit checked and serviced before the winter months. We tend to use HVAC units most during the coldest and hottest points of the year, leaving several months in between when they are not being used as much, if at all. To keep your unit performing to it’s best, it need regular check-ups and fine tuning, just like your body. To avoid expensive parts replacements every year, make sure you schedule in some regular maintenance, and give your unit some TLC this winter.