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    6 Easy Ways To Save Energy In Your Office & Reduce Your Power Bill

6 Easy Ways To Save Energy In Your Office & Reduce Your Power Bill

One of the easiest ways to reduce overhead costs in an office and save money is by reducing your energy usage. If you’re looking to reduce energy usage in your office follow our simple tips on how to save energy in an office.
1) Update Office Bulbs
Saving on your office energy bill can be as easy as changing a light bulb. Not only will updating your light bulbs cut up to 75% of your lighting energy usage, compact fluorescent lights can last up to 12 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Top Tip: When updating your office light bulbs don’t forget exit signs as they often use high energy use lights.
2) Turn Off Lights
No matter how energy efficient your light bulbs are, turning the lights off will always be more efficient. Ensure that your employees understand the importance of turning the lights off at the end of the day or when they leave a room for more than a few minutes. You may also want to hang signs near doors and light switches to remind people to turn off the lights as they leave the room.

Alternatively, install motion activated lights in bathrooms, hallways, lunch rooms, and any other areas that are not consistently in use to prevent the lights from being left on all day in an empty room. Not only will this reduce energy usage in the office and save money on the power bill, you will also be reducing the carbon footprint of your office as simply turning off a fluorescent light for one hour can save 30 kg of carbon dioxide emissions per years.
3) Turn Off Electronics

It’s also important to ensure that all computers, monitors, and other electronics are turned off at the end […]

By |March 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

How To Choose The Right Brisbane Air Conditioning Company

With each summer hotter than the last, air conditioners have become a necessity in Australian homes. However, they are still a significant investment that, if cared for properly, should last between 10 and 15 years. So, when it comes to the installation and maintenance of your air conditioner, it’s best not to take shortcuts. In fact, putting a bit of research in before hiring an air conditioning technician could be the difference between a professionally installed, energy efficient air conditioner, or getting taken for a ride by an unlicensed tradesman.

If you’re looking to hire an air conditioning technician, ensure that you consider the experience of the company, whether or not their technicians are fully trained and licensed, which brands they work with, and of course, cost.
Consider Their Experience
When hiring an air conditioning company it’s important that they have experience in the industry, and with a range of different air conditioner models and brands. However, it’s also important to take a company’s purported experience with a grain of salt. This is because, although a company may have been operating for 25 years, the technician that shows up at your house could be fresh out of an apprenticeship.

Additionally, the air conditioning industry is constantly changing as new technology is developed, so it is equally as important for a company to be well established and experienced as it is that they are staying up to date on the latest technologies. A great way to judge the experience of an air conditioning company is through their level of professionalism and understanding of your needs, as well as whether or not they can provide satisfactory answers to your questions.
Check Their License & Insurance
Before hiring an air conditioning technician it […]

Autumn Maintenance Tips For Your Air Conditioner

Summer is almost over and your air conditioner likely won’t see much action until next November. However, it’s important to properly maintain your air conditioner in autumn and winter to ensure that it is running smoothly and efficiently when you need it again. Your air conditioner should be regularly serviced by a professional to maximise efficiency and prevent repairs, however, between services there are a few things you can do yourself to maintain your air conditioner.
1) Replace Or Clean The Filter
Regularly cleaning or replacing the air filter in your air conditioner is essential to keep your AC running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. For best results, check the condition of the air filter once a month. If you find that the filter is clogged with dirt, dust, and other allergens, it means it is time to clean or replace it, depending on whether you have reusable or disposable filters.

The air filter is usually located at the return air grille in a ducted system. If you have a split system air conditioner, try opening up the air conditioner or check around the top, bottom, and side of the unit for the filter. If you’re not sure what type of filters your air conditioner takes, or where to find them, talk to your local air conditioning expert – they can likely even order some in for you to ensure that you have the right filters on hand when it comes time to change it.

Not only will a clean air filter keep your air conditioner running efficiently, regularly replacing the air filter can also help to cut down on the allergens and pathogens that are being circulated into your home through the air.
2) Clean All Interior […]

By |February 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

How To Protect Your Air Conditioner From Extreme Weather

When it comes to extreme weather such as hail, lightning storms, torrential rain, and flooding, most people’s first thought will be protecting their home or car. However, to avoid a costly air conditioner replacement it is also important to prepare your house for extreme weather by protecting your air conditioning unit. This is particularly important when living in the tropical Queensland weather where you can go from a 35+ degree day to torrential rain and thunderstorms in a matter of hours.

Although most air conditioners are built tough, and designed to withstand some adverse weather conditions, extreme weather can cause significant damage to your air conditioning unit resulting in costly repairs. Harsh weather conditions may also cause unnoticeable damage that will reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and drive up your energy bills, or they may even result in a complete system breakdown leading to a costly air conditioner replacement.
How To Protect Your Air Conditioner From Extreme Weather
Turn Off Your Air Conditioner
The first thing you should do when preparing your air conditioner for a storm is turn off your air conditioner using the thermostat, and then cut the power to the circuit breaker. This will reduce the risk of a power surge from lightning strikes or damaged transformers causing damage to your AC. Additionally, when the power comes back on after a power outage it is best to have your air conditioner turned off at the circuit board for at least five minutes as power fluctuations may damage your air conditioner.

You may also want to consider having a surge protector installed for your air conditioner at the circuit breaker as this will not only protect your air conditioner in adverse weather, it will also […]

By |February 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Easy Renovations That Will Sell Your House Faster!

Looking to sell your home, fast? Here are 4 simple renovations you can make to your house to sell your home faster!
1) Install Ducted Air Conditioning
Air conditioning in Queensland homes is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. If you’re wondering how to make your home appeal to potential buyers, replace your outdated window air conditioning units with a modern, energy efficient ducted air conditioning system for the whole house.

A ducted air conditioning system offers easy temperature control to ensure that every room in the house stays at a comfortable temperature. Additionally, ducted air conditioning systems are more energy efficient than window units, which can be a huge draw card for potential home buyers as no one wants a house with astronomical energy bills caused by an old, inefficient air conditioning unit.
2) Update The Lighting

Another simple change you can make to help your house sell faster is updating the lighting. When it comes to selling a house, neutral decor is best, which means those cornice lights and outdated lamp shades have to go.

This is a simple renovation that can work to your budget as you don’t have to change the lighting throughout the entire house. Choose key areas to update the lighting that will appeal to potential buyers such as the kitchen, bathroom, and living room. Consider recessed lighting as it will give the house a modern look and is compatible with a range of different decor.

Additionally, buy a few different types of light and try them in each room to see what kind of light works best in the space, as simply changing the lighting in a room can make increase the appeal of the whole house.
3) Create An Outdoor Living Space

Having an […]

By |January 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

When To Repair & When To Replace Your Air Conditioner

So your air conditioner has stopped working or has started to work less efficiently. The question is: ‘should I repair or replace my air conditioner?’. Often you will find that your old air conditioner only needs a minor repair to get it back up and running. However, at some point it will no longer be worth pouring your money into an old AC that requires regular repairs.

Advanced Climate Solutions are your local air conditioning experts. We pride ourselves on the quality of service that we provide our customers with which means that we won’t just try to sell you a replacement air conditioner. If your air conditioner can be fixed (and it’s worth fixing) we’ll let you know. If you want personalised advice on whether your air conditioner should be repaired or replaced call us today on 07 3206 3542.

In the meantime, read on for general advice on when to repair, and when to replace, an air conditioner.

 
Should I Repair Or Replace My Air Conditioner?
If you’re not sure whether to repair or replace your air conditioner ask yourself the following questions:
1) How Old Is The Air Conditioner?
When deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioner, consider the age of the unit. Air conditioners typically have a lifespan of 10 – 15 years. So if your air conditioner requires repairs, and is over 15 years old, in most cases it will be best to replace rather than repair. This is because an older unit will likely require repairs more often, so it’s better to replace the unit with a new, more efficient AC, than to pour more money into an old air conditioner that could be driving up your power bills.
2) Has Your Power […]

By |January 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

How To Improve Air Quality In Your Home

If you or your loved one suffers from allergies or asthma the first step to controlling your symptoms should be in the home. There are many ways to improve the quality of in your home in order to reduce the symptoms of allergies and asthma. Additionally, improving in your home’s air quality will help the whole household, as indoor air pollution can have harmful effects (both immediate and long term) on both healthy people as well as those with allergies and respiratory diseases.
How Can Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Health?
Although most people with common allergies such as hayfever know to steer clear of fields of flowers, you may be surprised to know just how many allergens are in the air in your own home. In addition to pollen, there are a range of other pollutants that can cause problems indoors including:

Dust Mites
Pet Dander
Mould
Cockroaches

If present in your home, these pollutants can leave someone with allergies sneezing and congested. And even if you don’t suffer from allergies, indoor air pollution can cause irritation to your eyes, nose and throat.
How To Improve Indoor Air Quality
Regularly Clean Surfaces

Step one to reducing pollutants in your home is to regularly clean any surfaces. Start by dusting all surfaces in your house (1 – 2 times a week) using a damp microfiber cloth. Ensure that you dust from the top of the room to the bottom to prevent allergens from falling onto areas that have already been dusted.

You will also need to vacuum your carpet (1 – 2 times a week) in order to pick up any allergens dragged in on your shoes, and to remove pet dander where applicable. (Note: low quality vacuums may put dust […]

By |January 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

What Is The Best Air Conditioning Temperature?

If you ask two different people what the optimal temperature is for an air conditioner you’ll probably get two completely different answers. What cool enough for one person could be too warm or too cold for another. However, if you’re looking for the optimal air conditioner temperature for energy efficiency or for an office, that’s a different question.

Advanced Climate Solutions are you local Brisbane air conditioning experts and we have answered the top three air conditioning questions on everyone’s lips this summer;

What is the best air conditioner temperature to save money?
What is the best air conditioner temperature for comfort?
What is the best air conditioner temperature for an office?

 

1) What Is The Best Air Conditioner Temperature To Save Money?
In hot climates such as Queensland, air conditioning has become a necessity in most homes. However, air conditioning can significantly increase your energy bill, particularly if you have an old or poorly maintained air conditioner. So, what is the ideal temperature to set your air conditioner at in order to save money this summer?

An important fact to remember when determining what temperature to set your air conditioner at is that every degree below 25 degrees can increase the cost of running your air conditioner by around 10%. That means that simply increasing the temperature on your thermostat from 24 to 25 you will significantly reduce the contribution of your air conditioner to your power bill.

Although increasing the temperature on your thermostat will mean that the room temperature is slightly less comfortable, using fans to circulate the cool air through the room can alleviate this.

Note: the size of your air conditioner will impact how much it costs to run. This is because if your air […]

By |December 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

How To Reduce Your Power Bill This Summer

Looking for a way to reduce your energy bills this summer? Look no further than Advanced Climate Solution’s 6 top tips to reduce your summer energy usage.
1) Turn Everything Off At Night

One of the most obvious and simplest ways to save energy this summer is to turn all electrical appliances off at night or when you leave the house. Although it may be tempting to leave the air conditioner on overnight, for the majority of the night you won’t even be conscious to benefit from the cool air. Instead, try turning off the air conditioner once the sun goes down and opening up a window to take advantage of the cooler night air.

However, if you need the cool air of the air conditioner to fall asleep, try setting it on a timer to make sure that it turns off once you have fallen asleep rather than using more energy to run it all night. You can even set it to turn on 20 minutes before your morning alarm to ensure you wake up to a comfortable room temperature.
2) Install Energy Efficient Lighting

Another simple and relatively inexpensive way to reduce your power bill this summer is installing energy efficient lighting. Although they may be small, light bulbs can contribute significantly to your power bill, particularly the old incandescent and halogen bulbs.

Additionally, replacing your old bulbs with energy efficient bulbs will not only save you energy, they also last longer, saving you money as your bulbs will need to be replaced less frequently.
3) Switch Providers
Another factor to consider when you’re looking to reduce your energy spend is whether or not to switch energy providers. It is always best to review your power company every year or […]

By |December 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

How To Choose The Right Air Conditioner (Part 3)

Once you know what type of air conditioner you want, whether it be split system or ducted air conditioning, and have worked out what size air conditioner you will need, there are a few other factors to consider before making the purchase. These include the energy efficiency of the unit, included warranty, unit and installation cost, as well as the unit manufacturer.
Energy Efficiency
When choosing which unit to buy one of the most important factors to take into consideration is energy efficiency. This is because the energy efficiency of the unit will directly affect its running costs. And as most air conditioners have an expected lifetime of around 10 years, the unit running cost will likely be the biggest cost associated with owning an air conditioner.

To compare the energy efficiency of different models, check the energy rating label (this is the label that shows a star rating of the energy efficiency of an appliance). If an air conditioner doesn’t have an energy rating label, you can use the GEMS Registration Database to check the energy efficiency performance of any air conditioner.
Warranty Included
You should also consider the warranty included with any air conditioning units you are looking to purchase. Depending on the manufacturer, air conditioner warranties can range from 5 to 15 years. This can be a deciding factor when choosing which manufacturer to go with as it can mean the difference between free repairs under warranty for an additional 10 years.

Note: in order to claim under warranty the unit needs to be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and regularly maintained as outlined by the manufacturer.
Unit Cost
For most people, unit cost is one of the most important factors when choosing which air conditioner to buy. […]

By |November 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|