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!

Queensland Government to ban air conditioning during hot days

Queenslanders have just been informed that they are to expect a long, hot summer with higher than average temperatures and heatwaves. And their state government may demand that residents keep their air conditioners above 26°C.

It has been revealed that the State Government has approved a blueprint to enforce a set of extraordinary measures, after being advised summer electricity use would hit a new record.

The Summer Preparedness Plan, which has been drawn up by the Government’s Energy Security Taskforce states: “If you’re feeling the heat, our electricity network is feeling the heat, too…During a heatwave, residents may be asked to manage electricity network stress by changing air conditioners to 26 degrees or above and using cooling only in occupied rooms during peak hours.”

The plan also requests that workplaces “use air conditioning at 26 degrees only in occupied spaces, avoid using advertising lights and other non-essential lighting, and turn off non-essential electrical equipment.”

So far there has been no clear indication as to how this plan would be enforced, but as experts predict, limiting power supplies is likely to become a reality as excessive power usage continues.

Meanwhile, in Victoria, a trial is underway to pay residents to turn off their air conditioners during extreme heat, in an attempt to dodge large-scale blackouts this summer.

“To suggest that Victorians would have to shut off their air conditioners for a cash back rebate and sweat during the summer periods just to ensure blackouts are avoided is ridiculous,” Shadow Energy Minister David Southwick, said of the plan.

The last thing many want to stress over ahead of the summer months is ‘how am I going to keep myself and my family cool, comfortable and safe?’ Another option is to pick a more energy-efficient air conditioner, such as Evaporative Air Conditioning from CoolBreeze.

Evaporative Air Conditioning is much cheaper to purchase, install and operate than an equivalent reverse cycle system. And one of the main reasons it is more cost-effective is because it has no nasty refrigerant gases or energy guzzling compressor, which means it consumes around 80% less electricity.

Additionally, with CoolBreeze’s cutting-edge MAXIMA Inverter Technology, users get more airflow for a given energy input – that means more air for less energy!

Conventional air conditioning motors convert energy to heat when operating at lower speeds. Our inverter technology reduces power consumption dramatically when used at lower speed, saving energy costs.

With an Evaporative Air Conditioning system in place, you can keep your house cool and feel satisfied knowing you are not going over energy limits.

CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners are manufactured in Melbourne and Perth, and are sold across Australia. Get a quote today!

Taking the cool with you

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We all know the great benefits that come from evaporative air conditioning inside a home. We sleep better, we breathe cleaner, filtered air; and odours and food cooking smells are removed. And most importantly, we enjoy the benefits of a comfortable temperature. In some cases, it can be so agreeable at home, that many dread leaving the ‘cool zone’ and venture out into uncomfortable climates.

As technology and innovation has pushed the boundaries for what is possible inside the home, there are scientists who are working on ensuring no one needs to sacrifice comfort, wherever they may be.

A new smartwatch promising to alter a wearer’s temperature is causing a buzz in the news and on Kickstarter. The wearable tech, dubbed the AirCon Watch, can apparently alter a person’s body temperature by transferring small pulses of heat or cold to the wrist, which then signal the nervous system.

“We can trick our brain into thinking that we are cooler or warmer than we really are,” The Hong Kong-based developers explain. The thinking is similar to holding an ice cube to a person’s wrist, in order to more rapidly cool them down. But unlike the short-term effect of ice, the watch promises a battery life of 4 hours for cooling.

This isn’t the only wearable aircon tech on the market. The US Army has long been experimenting with light-weight refrigeration devices for soldiers and army personnel who endure extreme temperatures and intense activity.

An example is the Light-Weight Environmental Control System, or LWECS, a body-worn microclimate cooling system. The system is comprised of a cylinder 3 ½ inches around, which connects to a cooling vest and provides 120 watts of cooling. Worn directly against the soldier’s skin, the vest has approximately 110 feet of tubing through which cool fluid can pass.

“It’s the same technology that’s in your air conditioner or in your refrigerator, except instead of conditioning air, it chills a fluid. And then it pumps that fluid through a tube-lined cooling vest,” Brad Laprise, a mechanical engineer at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) said in Armed with Science, the US DoD’s science blog.

In India, ‘air conditioned-jacket’ trials for Special Forces soldiers are now underway. The air conditioning technology has been designed to keep soldiers more comfortable during extensive exercise.

To learn more about technical innovations in air conditioning – check out the CoolBreeze story. Manufactured in Perth, Western Australia and with over 25 years’ of research and development behind the brand, CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioners incorporate cutting-edge motor, pump exhaust and water management systems.

How Did We Keep Our Homes Cool Before Air Conditioning?

Air conditioning for homes has been around since the early 1900s but it wasn’t until the late seventies and 1980s that Australians became used to home air conditioning. But how did Australians cope with the extremes of weather before air conditioning became common place in our homes?

The answer came down to clever design to minimise heat build-up in the home. These designs included wide verandas, central hallways, breezeways and sleep-outs.

Wide Verandas

The wide veranda is an Australian icon, designed to reduce direct sunlight on the walls of the home and thereby reducing the heat load. Often wide verandas were used along with high ceilings that allowed the heat in the rooms to rise towards the ceiling. You can notice this in the photo below in the gap between where the veranda attaches to the wall and the main roof.

Central Hallway

A popular home design in the late 1800s through until the 1930s was the central hallway, which allowed for plenty of air movement when the front and rear doors were open.

 

Queenslander

Popular in humid climate of Queensland were houses build on stilts to allow plenty of air to circulate under the home. Usually utility rooms such as the laundry was located under the home. The Queenslander pictured incorporates this design along with wide verandas and the central hallway to keep the home comfortable.

Sleepout

No one likes hot, uncomfortable, sleepless nights so many homeowners would enclose a portion of the veranda, often with just fly-screens or louvre windows and the whole family would sleep on mattresses on the floor during summer.

Breezeway

The breezeway was often incorporated into a home when building an additional room onto the original house. This was often achieved by building the new rooms from the edge of the veranda and leaving a walkway or breezeway between the two buildings. This would provide a protected area that allowed for a cooling breeze to flow between the buildings.

Today homes have CoolBreeze

All these home designs provided some relief for families before air conditioning became wide spread but with modern building materials and techniques combined affordable air conditioning solutions such as CoolBreeze natural air conditioning, means that now everyone can enjoy a comfortable home all summer long.

Residential Ducted Air Conditioner Installation – CoolBreeze Guide

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So you’ve decided on evap?  Take a look at our general step by step guide explaining what’s involved with a standard CoolBreeze evaporative air conditioner home installation.  Each home is unique and install can vary from place to place.  Although each installer has their own process, our guide is designed to give you an indication of what you can expect when having a CoolBreeze installed in your home.

CoolBreeze Evaporative Air Conditioning provides natural cooling to the home or work space via a unit usually placed on the roof, pushing cool air through ceiling ducting and keeping each room the same comfortable temperature.  Evaporative cooling is one of the cheapest types of air conditioning on the market and is perfect for people who want to enjoy 100% fresh, circulated air.

Where do you start? A guide to Evaporative Air Con Installation.

  1. Firstly you will need to get in contact with a reputable dealer to gain a quote. We can put you in touch with an authorised CoolBreeze dealer via our contact form on our website or you can contact us by phone on 1300 266 527.  You can also visit an authorised dealer in-store and speak with a dealer for advice.
  2. The CoolBreeze dealer will calculate your system requirements either from your house plans or during an in-home inspection.  The dealer with present you with a quote to supply and install a complete CoolBreeze air-conditioning system.
  3. Your quote should give a clear recommendation of the correct product and application to suit your home.  Once you have agreed on price and payment, your authorised dealer will confirm an installation date with you.
  4. The air-conditioning unit and associated parts will be delivered to your home or the installer may bring them with him when attending at installation.
  5. Your installer will arrive on site and advise the most suitable position of outlets in your ceiling and placement of the unit on your roof.
  6. The install team will then join ducting and componentry and fit dropper to location as discussed.
  7. The installer assembles the unit on the roof – CoolBreeze units are flat packed reducing the potential for the installer to damage the roof or tiles during transit of a heavy product.
  8. The installer marks out outlet positions within the home (ceiling) and places drop sheets prior to cutting vents in the ceiling. Ducting will be drawn through the roof space and connected to the vent and fitted to the dropper.
  9. A plumber will attend site and discuss 40 mm waste position (where the water drains) with you. We recommend that you utilise this water on your garden where possible.
  10. An electrician will discuss the preferred position of the controller. On double brick construction it’s generally on an external cavity wall.
  11. Usually the last person on the job will commission the air conditioner and assist you with air con operation.
  12. Your warranty details are in your CoolBreeze green folder. Please fill in your warranty card details and send back to the appropriate address.
  13. Comcool Guarantee – CoolBreeze guarantees the performance of your air conditioning unit – if a correctly sized unit does not cool the home sufficiently, CoolBreeze will upgrade the roof unit to a more powerful unit at no charge!

CoolBreeze Air Conditioning Offers an Unbeatable 10 Year Warranty!

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CoolBreeze is so confident in the reliability of its evaporative air conditioners that it is now offering a 10-year parts and labour warranty on all residential installations.

Mr Devin McLevie, owner of AirGroup Australia, parent company to CoolBreeze states, “A policy of continuous improvement has led to bulletproof reliability that allows us to stand behind our product with total confidence.”

The CoolBreeze 10 Year Warranty is unmatched in the air conditioning industry and gives consumers total peace of mind with their air conditioning purchase. CoolBreeze has long stood out with its superior airflow and extra-large filter pad volumes to provide maximum cooling performance.

All CoolBreeze units installed in residential homes are warranted for a full 5 years on all air conditioner parts and 5-year warranty on labour. Plus if you register for the Extended Warranty Program and have the air conditioner serviced by CoolBreeze within its fifth year, the warranty is automatically extended to 7 years. Have the air conditioner serviced again during the seventh year and the warranty is extended to an industry leading 10 YEARS!

That’s it! No loopholes, no hidden agenda – just register and get the two major services and you’re covered for ten years. So, what are you waiting for?

Get in touch with your local CoolBreeze dealer today!

Energy Savings with Evaporative Air Conditioning

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Evaporative air conditioning is a popular choice for homes due to it’s energy and money saving capabilities. So what are the main benefits and what can you do to increase your energy savings even more?

Benefit: Save Energy, Save Money
Since the only electricity usage is generated by a pump and a fan, evaporative air conditioners are significantly cheaper to run compared to reverse cycle air conditioning. You can enjoy a cool home without the burden of worrying that your energy bill is going to shoot through the roof. On top of cheaper running costs, this system is also significantly cheaper to purchase and install when compared to ducted reverse cycle systems, costing between $3,000 – $6,000.

Benefit: Cheap to Maintain Efficiency
Regular maintenance is an important part of ensuring your air conditioner is running efficiently and saving energy. On top of lower running costs, it is relatively cheap to maintain because the parts are affordable and the units last a long time.

Tip: Install a Whirly Bird
To really boost the energy saving capability of your evaporative air conditioner you should consider installing a security relief vent and two whirly birds (roof space ventilators). These help circulate air and remove the hot air that gets trapped in your roof space, meaning less heat radiating from your roof space into your home and more efficient cooling.

Tip: Install a Security Relief Vent
The added advantage of having a security relief vent, is that you can run your air conditioner on low without having your doors and windows open. This is great for keeping your home cool overnight or to prevent excessive summer heat build-up whilst you are away from home.

Customer Made Dropper Chutes for CoolBreeze Air Conditioners

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Custom-Made for Every Home
The CoolBreeze dropper chute was introduced almost ten years ago and has been installed in thousands of homes across Australia.

Less noise
The dropper chute is custom-made to suit every individual home and can help reduce noise levels by up to 7db. It also allows the unit to be mounted lower on the roof than plastic droppers.

Extra tough
The super-tough reflective insulation material used is far superior to imitation bag-style droppers that use woven fabric that can leak air under pressure.

Balanced distribution of air
The greatest benefit of the dropper chute is its ability to provide a balanced distribution through ducting of various sizes. This self-balancing effect reduces back-pressure on the motor and fan and can improve air distribution by up to 15%. That can mean hundreds of litres extra every second.

Problems Caused By Dirty Filters in Refrigerated Air Conditioning Units

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5 Problems Caused by Dirty Filters
Failure to regularly clean the filters in refrigerated air conditioning units can cause a wide array of problems including:

1. Overheating – a clogged filter makes the unit work harder to make up for the blockage of air flow. This can cause the blower motor to overheat and lead to system failure.

2. Increased energy consumption – The harder the unit has to work to push air through a clogged filter, the more energy the air conditioner will consume.

3. Unhealthy air – Your air filter captures dirt and other particles if it’s clogged. Unfiltered air can bypass your filter and circulate throughout your home. The ductwork can become dirty as well with mould and bacteria. The indoor pollution can cause symptoms such as fatigue, itchy eyes, headaches, sore throat, and breathing difficulties.

4. Inadequate amount of cooling – Because a clogged air filter causes airflow issues, the home can experience hot and cold spots, making it harder to reach the desired indoor temperature levels.

5. Frozen evaporator coils – The evaporator coils absorb heat from your home’s return air. If a clogged filter is restricting airflow, the evaporator coils might not receive enough heat from your home’s air, which can cause them to freeze over and shut down the system.

The self-cleaning CoolBreeze evaporative air conditioner, provides a constant supply of fresh, filtered air throughout the home.