MYTH BUSTERS: AIR CONDITIONING IS TOO EXPENSIVE

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More heatwaves, hotter days and longer summers are becoming the norm for Australians. Whilst we all love good barbecue weather and endless beach days, we don’t thrive in hot, stuffy homes.

Air conditioning is the best solution to combat a stifling house, it’ll keep us cool, comfortable and add value to your home should you ever decide to move.

However, the air conditioning market can seem intimidating to first-time buyers, and expensive to many.

We’d like to break down some common myths and misconceptions about air conditioners. In this first blog post: air conditioning has to be expensive to work.

NO, THIS IS NOT TRUE!

Not all air conditioners are created equal – CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners work by powerfully filtering fresh air over cooling filter media, efficiently cooling large areas.

CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners doesn’t need to do as much ‘work’ as a reverse cycle system which compresses refrigerant gas through a complicated, energy hungry, multi-stage process. This is why CoolBreeze saves money at initial purchase and long-term.

In fact, purchase and installation cost is usually half of a comparable reverse cycle air conditioning system.

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What’s more, due to their efficiency and low running costs, you can save around 80% on CoolBreeze running costs compared to a reverse cycle system. This means that you won’t face any unpleasant bill surprises once the summer is over.

So there you have it. It is possible to have a cool, comfortable home, without breaking the bank. So what are you waiting for?

CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners are manufactured in Perth, and have been cooling homes across Australia for over a quarter of a century. Get a quote today!

HEALTH BENEFITS OF EVAPORATIVE AIR CONDITIONING

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Air conditioning has been a way of life for Australians for many generations, and we could not imagine life without it. Still, at a time when it’s still being debated whether or not air conditioning should be a requirement in schools (four new Sydney schools built without air conditioning has been labelled shortsighted) or sport stadiums (after 2018 saw the hottest day of Test cricket in Australia, there have been calls for better climate-proof stadiums) – it is important to remind us all why air conditioning is so important.

EVAPORATIVE AIR CONDITIONING HELPS IMPROVE CONCENTRATION

Reported by Scientific American, in 2012 US researchers Amar Cheena and Vanessa M. Patrick studied the effect of heat on decision-making and concluded that the human body uses up more glucose – the fundamental source of physical and mental energy –  in order to cool down in hot temperature conditions, depleting the amount of glucose that can be used for cognitive processes.

In other words, your body is working too hard to keep from overheating and cannot concentrate on other non-vital tasks.

With evaporative air conditioning in use, the mind is free to focus on tasks instead of survival.

EVAPORATIVE AIR CONDITIONING IMPROVES AIR QUALITY

Recent scientific research has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more polluted than outdoor air, even in industrialised cities. Lack of fresh outside air circulating inside can result in a build-up of pollutants to levels that can pose health risks, especially to those suffering from respiratory diseases, such as asthma.

CoolBreeze evaporative air conditioners replenish the air in the home with fresh, naturally cooled air, which doesn’t dry out the skin and eyes and can make life more enjoyable for hay fever and asthma sufferers.

CoolBreeze evaporative air conditioners work by drawing in fresh outside air and filtering it through water-saturated filter panels – this both naturally cools the air and filters out airborne dust and pollen.

LOWER TEMPERATURES INCREASE COMFORT AND DECREASE DEHYDRATION

Air conditioning in offices, homes, shopping centres and leisure centres is critical to ensure comfort and productivity. As discussed earlier, cooler temperatures impact on human cognitive function. Additionally, many day-to-day activities such as exercise, shopping or driving would be impossible without climate control.

Lower temperatures help reduce sweating, which in turn reduces the risk of dehydration.

For some vulnerable members of the population, such as young children and the elderly, heat waves bring a very real threat of death from dehydration or overheating.

Evaporative air conditioners bring temperatures down, without drying out skin or eyes – a common side-effect from refrigerated air conditioning systems. 

CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners are manufactured in Perth, and have been cooling homes across Australia for over a quarter of a century. Get a quote today!

5 COOL THINGS COOLBREEZE CONNECT CAN DO

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CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners just got smarter. A whole lot smarter.

With the new cloud-based CoolBreeze Connect, users now have more control over their air conditioners.

Here are 5 cool things the new CoolBreeze Connect let you do:

  1. Control your CoolBreeze from anywhere in the world. Download the app (iOS or Android) to your smartphone; or connect via a web-enabled device and turn it on/off, or change individual settings such as fan speed. You are no longer limited to wall-mounted or handheld controllers.
  2. Always come home to a cool home. Remember all the days you’ve come home to a hot, stuffy home after a day’s hard work and roasting in rush-hour traffic? Never again! CoolBreeze Connect means that you can always communicate with your air con and ensure you come home to a cool paradise. Ah, relaxation!
  3. Tell Google what temperature you want. That’s right! CoolBreeze Connect works with Google Assistant and Google Home. It’s as simple as, “OK Google, turn on my CoolBreeze.” You won’t ever need to get up from the couch!
  4. Or dictate your degree changes to Alexa. Fully integrated with both Google Home and Amazon Alexa (Echo and Echo Dot), CoolBreeze Connect is world-first in connected controller technology. So whatever your smart home preference, CoolBreeze Connect will work.
  5. Stay on top of your energy usage. Remotely control your CoolBreeze temperature settings to avoid excessive or unnecessary usage on cooler days or when the home is empty. Handy!

ABOUT COOLBREEZE CONNECT

Cloud-based CoolBreeze Connect is already compatible with Google Home, the Google Assistant, the Echo and Echo Dot (Amazon Alexa) and will be integrated with Apple’s HomePod and Siri in early 2018.

Available now, CoolBreeze Connect can also be retrofitted to existing CoolBreeze units and it is recommended that a Security Relief Vent is installed in conjunction to take advantage of the full functionality of CoolBreeze Connect.

AIR CONDITIONING THAT CARES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT – YES REALLY!

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Want an air conditioner that cools your home naturally? Yes it’s possible!

CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners cool through the natural process of evaporation. Passing through saturated cooling filter media, 100% fresh natural air is circulated throughout the home. The cooling filter media helps cool the air, and also acts as a filter to purify it. So you can be sure you’ll always have healthy, refreshing air at home.

Unlike other air conditioning systems that recirculate the same stale air, evaporative cooling provides a steady stream of fresh, clean air into a home.

Evaporative cooling is nothing new, it traces its history to ancient civilisations soaking textiles in water and hanging them in entryways to catch a breeze.

A LOW CARBON FOOTPRINT

CoolBreeze natural air conditioning does not rely on ozone-damaging refrigerant gases or an energy guzzling compressor, which means a CoolBreeze consumes around 80% less electricity and contributes less to greenhouse gas emissions.

Clever design and smart manufacturing processes mean less material and energy used in the production of each CoolBreeze unit, resulting in a small carbon footprint. In addition, the makers of CoolBreeze are committed to a program of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle throughout the manufacturing and distribution process to minimise the environmental impact.

CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners are manufactured in Perth, and have been cooling homes across Australia for over a quarter of a century. Get a quote today!

5 GREAT Reasons You Should Switch to a CoolBreeze

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Are you in the market for an air conditioner? Perhaps your existing unit is just not up to scratch anymore? Tired of these hot summer nights and a stuffy home?

Australian-designed and made CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners are the ideal solution for homeowners across the country. They are built to excel in our intense Australian climates and heat conditions; and thanks to its cost-effective design, purchase and installation cost of a CoolBreeze is usually half of a comparable reverse cycle air conditioning system.

Need more convincing? Here are 5 GREAT reasons (yes we’re biased, but the facts are all true) why you need a CoolBreeze:

  1. CoolBreeze is environmentally friendly. No ozone damaging refrigerant gas or power hungry compressor motor means significantly less energy consumed, a much lower environmental impact and smaller carbon footprint.
  2. The CoolBreeze range offers the largest choice of models, styles and colours. Over 300 different combinations!
  3. Coolbreeze Connect allows you to control your CoolBreeze evaporative air conditioner from anywhere in the world via smartphone app or smart home device.
  4. Every CoolBreeze comes with an industry-leading 10 YEAR warranty. That’s peace of mind!
  5. Constantly replenishing the air in the home with fresh, naturally cooled air doesn’t dry out the skin and eyes and make life enjoyable for hay fever and asthma sufferers.

Interested in learning more about CoolBreeze?

Contact us today online or call 1300 795 957 for a free quote.

AUSTRALIAN HOMES TRAPPING HEAT LIKE PLASTIC BAGS

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Despite the fact that Australian cities regularly see summer days exceeding 35˚C, modern Australian homes are not built to resist heat.

Experts are now calling for the Building Code of Australia to be updated, to promote more heat stress-resistant designs.

University of South Australia Research Associate Gertrud Hatvani-Kovacs has co-authored the paper ‘Heat stress-resistant building design in the Australian context’, which argues that energy efficient design in Australian homes does not necessarily increase heat stress resistance.

Speaking to ABC News, Dr Hatvani-Kovacs said the existing building code supported energy efficiency but did not “necessarily encourage heat-stress resistance”.

“The real concern is, with newly-built buildings that are compliant with the building code, they might get over-insulated and have very high airtightness, but at the same time they lack the natural ventilation and have a lack of shading devices,” she said.

“They behave like a plastic bag and do not let the building cool down, so their energy efficiency can be very counterproductive.”

Poor insulation and bad design appears to be the culprit, creating the plastic bag phenomenon.

“Insulation is probably one of the biggest [issues],” ThermoView General Manager Sheena Trumble told ABC News. “The installers will go in and they’ll put it in and somebody will move it at some stage, or they’ll have forgotten a bit or missed a bit. We can see that almost instantly.”

Trumble’s company regularly carries out thermal imaging surveys of buildings, to see where heat is leaking out or getting trapped.

Based on the group’s findings, a building can be retrofitted to overcome temperature abnormalities in a targeted fashion.

EVAPORATIVE COOLING IDEAL TO COMBAT POOR BUILDING DESIGN

Dr Hatvani-Kovacs highlights some tips for more cost-effectively cooling your home, such as “us[ing] evaporative cooling compared to reverse cycle air conditioning.”

On concrete slab-based floors, she recommends rolling up and removing rugs to dissipate heat into the ground.

Retrofitting measures, such as changing the roof material, installing fly screens, double glazing or better external shading, would also make significant improvements. But, according to Dr Hatvani-Kovacs, the ultimate solution is to regulate modern houses to be built with better temperature management.

TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL:

  • Invest in more cost-effective evaporative cooling, such as Australian-made CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioning
  • Keep shades drawn during sunlight hours and open them, and windows, for ventilation at night
  • Hang a wet blanket across open windows at night
  • Remove carpets and rugs on concrete floors to dissipate heat into the ground beneath

MILLIONS OF AUSTRALIANS FACING POST-SUMMER BILL SHOCK DUE TO AIR CONDITIONING​

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The reports are in. Australians are blowing cool dollars into the ether.
According to a new survey by finder.com.au, and reported by 9news, ‘bad habits’ mean Australians are set to spend a whopping $1.3 billion on cooling their homes.

“Bad behaviour” includes leaving reverse cycle units running in empty houses, a habit 23% of Australians – equivalent to 2.3 million households – admit to in the survey. But as heatwaves and severe weather sweeping across the country, it can seem unfair to be punished 3 months later on when the electricity bill arrives.

HOW TO AVOID THE POST-SUMMER BILL SHOCK

“When faced with a heatwave and temperatures as high as 40 degrees, we don’t usually think of our electricity bill some three months away – we just want to instantly cool down,” finder.com.au money expert Bessie Hassan told YoungWitness. “But after a few scorchers, this way of thinking can leave you with post-summer bill shock.”

The typical split-cycle air-conditioning unit consumes around 5.0 kWh and costs around 2.7 cents to run per minute, which can cost close to $13 per night if users leave it running overnight, according to the finder.com.au experts.

There are more wallet-friendly ways to keep cool, such as investing in a more energy-efficient CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioner.

Purchase and installation cost is usually half of a comparable reverse cycle air conditioning system. Plus you can save around 80% on running costs compared to a reverse cycle system.

Evaporative air conditioning is much cheaper to purchase, install and operate than an equivalent reverse cycle system. Which is why CoolBreeze owners report being able to reliably cool their homes throughout summer heatwaves, without worrying about future energy bills.

CoolBreeze evaporative air conditioning doesn’t need to do as much ‘work’ as a reverse cycle system which compresses refrigerant gas through a complicated, energy hungry, multi-stage process. This is why CoolBreeze saves money at intial purchase and on running costs.

HOW TO REDUCE YOUR COOLING COSTS:

  1. Choose a less costly Evaporative Air Conditioner, such as an Australian-made CoolBreeze, over a more energy-guzzling reverse cycle.
  2. If you’ve got a reverse cycle air con, set it to 25 degrees if you want to keep costs down and only turn it on in rooms that people are in.
  3. Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day to keep the sun’s UV rays out.
  4. Compare energy providers to make sure you are getting the best discounts available.
  5. Check the star rating, if your energy bill is high, it might be due to old or faulty hardware. It might be time to replace an old unit?

START SAVING MONEY ON YOUR AIR CONDITIONING TODAY!

CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners are manufactured in Perth, and have been installed in numerous schools, warehouses, offices and residences across Australia. Get a quote today!

CoolBreeze Announces World First Connected Controller For Evaporative Air Conditioning Systems

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The new CoolBreeze Connect solution lets users control their air conditioners remotely via smartphone app or Google Home.

Introducing CoolBreeze Connect

AirGroup Australia, manufacturers and distributors of CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioning Systems has announced their latest technology development, CoolBreeze Connect.

CoolBreeze Connect, a cloud technology, enables CoolBreeze users to control their Evaporative Air Conditioner remotely via the new CoolBreeze connect QC Controller.

Instead of only being able to regulate air conditioning settings via a traditional wall-mounted or handheld controller, users can now download an app for their iphone, or use any web enabled device to control their CoolBreeze from bed, on the way home from work – essentially from anywhere, on anything that is connected to the internet and has a web browser.

Additionally, with CoolBreeze Connect, a CoolBreeze user can control their system with their voice. The technology is already compatible with Google Home and the Google Assistant, with additional voice control available on the Echo and Echo Dot with Amazon Alexa and Apple’s HomePod and Siri in early 2018.

“CoolBreeze Connect is a world first in evaporative air conditioning technology. We are incredibly proud of our R&D efforts in bringing this to the market, so soon after the Google Home unit was introduced in Australia.

“Today’s home owners are becoming increasingly engaged and excited  about smart home capabilities, seeking out products that provide the latest in comfort and ease-of-use. With CoolBreeze Connect, it’s as easy as saying ‘Hey Google, turn on my CoolBreeze”, said Devin McLevie, Managing Director, AirGroup Australia.

CoolBreeze Connect can be retrofitted to existing CoolBreeze units and it is recommended that a Security Relief Vent is installed in conjunction to take advantage of the full functionality of CoolBreeze Connect.

The new QC Controller with CoolBreeze Connect will retail at AUS$449 EX GST and is available from authorised dealers across Australia now.

ABOUT COOLBREEZE:

CoolBreeze is a family owned business that has been manufacturing premium quality Evaporative Air Conditioners in Australia for over 25 years. With over 200 system combinations available, there is a CoolBreeze system to suit every residential and commercial need. CoolBreeze MAXIMA Inverter motor technology provides even further money savings on power usage, and functional performance. The flat-pack nature of the CoolBreeze design makes it a sought-after export option that is supplied into 39 countries around the world.

www.coolbreeze.com.au

ABOUT AIRGROUP AUSTRALIA:

AirGroup Australia is a privately owned and operated Australian company established in 1991. AirGroup Australia is the manufacturer and distributor of CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioning Systems, and acts as distributor for other leading brands of cooling and heating appliances. Its core business comprises the manufacturing, distribution and export of advanced-technology air conditioners, heating appliances and associated componentry. AirGroup Australia supplies the domestic Australian market and distributes innovative commercial and residential cooling solutions to 39 countries around the world.

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Evaporative air conditioning aids asthma sufferers

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Affecting approximately 1 in 10 Australians, asthma is a chronic respiratory disease where a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow and swell and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe.

Studies put the number of Australian asthma sufferers at 2.4 million in 2015 (9.9% of the population). This figure is projected to reach 3 million in 2030.

Globally, the World Health Organisation estimates that 235 million people have the disease.

For asthma sufferers, prevention is a key part to managing their disease. Reducing exposure to triggers, such as indoor allergens (dust, pollution and pet dander); outdoor allergens (pollen and moulds); and chemical irritants is very important, alongside prescriptive medications.

Recent scientific research has shown that the air within homes and other buildings can be more polluted than outdoor air, even in industrialised cities. Lack of outside air circulating inside can result in a build-up of pollutants to levels that can pose health risks, especially to those who suffer from respiratory diseases.

“When we think of the term ‘air pollution,’ we tend to think of car exhausts or factory fumes expelling gray smoke,” said study co-author Prashant Kumar of the University of Surrey. “However, there are actually various sources of pollution that have a negative effect on air quality, many of which are found inside our homes and offices. From cooking residue to paints, varnishes and fungal spores, the air we breathe indoors is often more polluted than that outside.”

As it is estimated people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, ensuring indoor pollutants in residences and workplaces are reduced as much as possible, is critical for asthma sufferers.

One way to reduce the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home is to boost the quantity of outdoor air coming indoors, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). Whilst most home heating and cooling systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house, Evaporative Air Conditioning Systems do.

Fresh outside air is drawn through water-saturated filter panels in the air conditioner, cooling the air through evaporation, just as a sea breeze provides cool relief on a hot day. This method also has the added benefit of filtering out airborne dust and pollen, ensuring not only cool and fresh, but filtered air throughout the home.

CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners constantly replenish the air in the home with fresh, naturally cooled air, which doesn’t dry out the skin and eyes and can make life more enjoyable for hay fever and asthma sufferers.

Hong Kong public schools to receive air conditioning grant

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Beginning next year, public schools in Hong Kong will receive a recurrent air conditioning grant.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam recently announced the grant, stating it is intended at assisting schools “provide a more comfortable teaching and learning environment for teachers and students in hot weather.”

The grant will cover the purchase and installation of air conditioning systems for standard teaching facilities (including classrooms and special rooms), activity centres and assembly halls in all public schools.

As part of her election manifesto, Lam said she would look to boost the government’s recurrent education expenditure by HK$5 billion a year.

In Australia, air conditioning in schools is covered by government is some places, but not all. There have been reports showing government funding shortfalls are being met by parents and teachers.

“Ten years ago it was the electronic whiteboard … now air conditioning is a big flavour of the month because not all schools get air-conditioned by the government,” Mandy Weidmann, Fundraising Expert and Editor of the Fundraising Directory said in an interview with ABC.

“Schools shift their budget to the more essential items and leave these holes where parents have to jump in,” Weidmann said.

Australian state government and territories have varying guidelines on how schools should deal with the heat, although there is no ‘set temperature’, which forces a public school to close.

Many urge the national government to set out a national policy. Dr. Brendon Hyndman, Lecturer in Health and Physical Education, Southern Cross University, includes “[using] large industrial fans and [ensuring] indoor spaces have open doors/windows or air-conditioning access during activities” as a key action area in his proposed national school heat policy from earlier this year.

Evaporative Air Conditioning from CoolBreeze, is a great solution for schools. The ducted solution, low maintenance costs and cooling efficiency means students and staff can enjoy even cooling throughout the day. Because the air is replaced every two minutes, the system cools the walls and the structure of the building itself, making the CoolBreeze system extremely efficient and reliable.

CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners are manufactured in Perth, and have been installed in numerous schools, warehouses, offices and residences across Australia. Get a quote today!