• Cooling Solutions That Won’t Hurt Your Wallet

    Is your fan just blowing around hot air in the summer?

    woman trying to cool down at home with a fan - there are better solutions to keep you cool at home without breaking the bank.

    When you’re in the midst of a brutal, 40 degree Melbourne summer, you’d give anything for an air conditioning unit running non-stop, 24hrs a day – but you may be worried it could be too expensive. You know there has to be some way to keep cool in the summer without breaking the bank. Read on to learn about what your affordable cooling solution options are.

    Cool the Air with Evaporative Cooling Systems

    Evaporative cooling systems are quite cost effective and work very well in dry heat. These systems work by taking advantage of the water-to-water vapour transition that occurs with the process of evaporation. A pump will usually circulate water from a reservoir onto a cooling pad. A fan will draw air from outside the unit through the moistened pad, cooling the air with evaporation as it passes.

    Because this system works off a very simple process, the running costs are quite low and affordable. In addition, you won’t have to pay much up front because it can be easily integrated into existing systems and it is simply a cheaper product to purchase than other methods of cooling. You will experience great energy savings with one of these systems, as well as a reduced demand of peak electricity and less energy interdependence.

    Wall Mounted Split Systems: The Standard

    While not quite as energy efficient as an evaporative cooling system, wall mounted split systems are a close choice and pretty much standard across Australian homes. You can only really cool one room at a time with them, but they can cool large rooms just fine, and they are easy enough to install and cheap enough to purchase if you wanted to get more than one.

    Split system air conditioning units are made of two chambers. The indoor chamber contains an evaporative element that cools the air, and the outdoor chamber contains a compressor and a condenser that expel unwanted, hot air outside. The two units connect via tubes that are insulated and piped through the wall.

    These systems are great because they don’t take up any floor space and are very efficient. Wall mounted split systems are also incredibly energy efficient, so you’ll save on energy bills in the future while reducing your carbon footprint.

    DIY Air Conditioner

    While you wait for someone to come round to your house to install an air conditioning unit, you might slowly melt. If you’re desperate, try creating your own DIY air conditioner. It might seem a bit funny, but if you’re too hot to move anyway, settle down somewhere in your house, close the blinds to keep the sun from coming in, and find yourself a bowl, or better yet, a block, of ice. Prop the ice in front of a functioning fan and allow the cool air to waft over you.

    Let Jacob Refrigeration Help You

    We know how important it is to stay cool and at a reasonable temperature during those sweaty months. Jacob Refrigeration has been servicing Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs for over 35 years. We understand the need to be comfortable in your home and how the temperature can play into it, but we also know that some cooling solutions, like ducted units, can be costly. Our two most affordable solutions are our evaporative cooling system and our wall mounted split system.

    To get a cooler home in Melbourne without hurting your wallet, contact Jacob Refrigeration today, and we’ll give you a free quote. We supply, install and maintain affordable air conditioning solutions.

  • How to Clean a Ducted Heating and Cooling System

    man cleaning his air conditioning system When you live in a country that gets as hot as Australia does, or if you live in a city that gets as cold as Melbourne does, it’s no surprise that you’ll be using your ducted heating and cooling system quite regularly.

    We probably don’t spend too much time thinking about these systems and what goes on behind our walls. But that’s why we have to be alert to possible problems with the ducts. Show them the same love that they’ve shown you by giving the ducts a good clean every now and then.

    Why You Should Clean Your Ducted System

    The first reason why you should clean your ducts every 12 months is that their general functioning will not work if you do not maintain and keep them clean. More importantly, however, you need to make sure your system is operating within health and safety regulations. Any faulty system can cause carbon monoxide to build up inside the ducts and then spread through your house with the convection airflow. In addition, dust build up in the ducts can turn into a potential fire hazard.

    Clean the Ducts Yourself

    Unless there are any major problems with the way your system is working and functioning, you should be able to periodically take care of the dirty business of cleaning yourself. Keep an open eye for surprises, especially if you have children or pets running around the house. It’s not uncommon to find toys, food, colouring pencils and even bits of hair or dander in your vents. Here are a few ways to clean your ducts:

    • First remove the vent grates. Wash these in warm, soapy water and allow them to dry completely before you put them back.
    • If there has been a spill of some sort inside the vent and you see dirt that is different to dust, get a damp cloth and clean the area thoroughly. Then find a dry one and make sure not to leave behind any moisture.
    • Get a good-quality air filter to fit to your system. These can be used in the grates to trap dust and dirt. Change them twice yearly, or wash and dry them regularly.
    • When you remove the grates, remove any large debris by hand, and then gently vacuum away any remaining dust or particles carefully so you don’t damage the vent.

    When to Call a Professional Service

    There are just some types of duct problems that you shouldn’t attempt to solve on your own for the safety of your system and your home. Here are a few instances when you should get in touch with a professional:

    • Can you smell mould? Maybe you can see it. Mould is a problem and needs to be addressed immediately by a professional, otherwise it will recur.
    • If you’ve just moved into a new home, you should have someone take a look at your ducted system to make sure everything is on the up-and-up.
    • If you or someone in your family is experiencing allergic reactions, like sneezing, watery eyes and coughing, when the heat or air is on, there might be allergens or a build-up in your vents. Check with a doctor as well.
    • If you notice that dust and dirt is actually being released into your home, it’s time to call someone to get rid of all the excessive waste.
    • Hear a bit of rattling inside your ducts? You might have a pest problem. Rats, mice and insects can live in ducts, so if you’re having this problem, it is definitely time to call a professional.

    Call Jacob Refrigeration in Melbourne for a free quote on cleaning and maintenance services. We do same-day service calls and offer great warranty repairs on products that we’ve supplied and installed.

  • How Temperature can affect your Work Performance

    One of the most painful and frustrating facts of life that we’ve been accepting is that you can’t always control the temperature of your office. But what does that do to productivity levels? How can being so cold in the office that you have to type with gloves on change the way you think in general? Or how does sweating while you read a document affect you in a work environment?

    When it’s Too Cold to Think

    Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, did some research on the subject of being too cold in a work environment. When the temperature was around 20 degrees, employees made 44 percent more errors and were half as productive than when they were nice and warm at 25 degrees. The research found that when employees were cold, they were distracted, costing their employers 10 percent more per hour, per employee.

    Why were they dropping in attention? Because when our body temperature drops, we need to use more energy to keep warm, rather than put it to better use via concentration and inspiration.

    Psychologists have also recently discovered that colder temperatures have a lot to do with how we interact with others. When we’re cold, we perceive others as behaving coldly and in a less open manner. Physical warmth leads to emotional warmth and trust, contrarily. So it’s important in a workplace to have warm enough temperatures so that workplace relationships perform as smoothly as possible, as well.

    When it’s Too Hot to Function

    The golden office temperature for heightened productivity is somewhere between 22 and 25 degrees. Anything above or below that will lead to decreased productivity.

    Profile of man with glasses holding fan up to his face, his tie blowing out behind him.

    Working in an environment that is too hot can make workers lethargic and unfocused. Heat stress can cause the body to lose electrolytes and water faster, causing low mental performance and decreased motor skills. Your body will be trying to preserve energy, which will undoubtedly slow your minds, making completing tasks and avoiding errors a difficult feat.

    This is particularly problematic in workplaces where people are working in high temperatures with high humidity, poor ventilation and the use of heavy machinery and equipment that creates heat.

    What to do?

    If your office or workplace doesn’t already have ducted air systems, consider installing wall mounted split systems. They offer heating and cooling elements, are easy to install and maintain and are affordable and cost effective.

    While each business should budget heating and cooling costs effectively, paying for the right office temperature is an investment and will return to the employer in other ways, namely increased worker productivity. To discuss what air conditioning or heating unit is right for your office in Melbourne, contact Jacob Refrigeration today.

  • Which Cooling System is best for my Home?

    During a hot Australian summer, it’s hard to get anything done; even getting a good night’s sleep is difficult. For the sake of your sanity and productivity, you might be considering installing an air conditioning system in your home. But how do you know which system will be right for your home?

    There are many options when it comes to air conditioning, but two that we’d like to highlight are evaporative cooling systems and refrigeration air con systems. Perhaps after you learn a bit more about the different options, you’ll have a better idea of what is right for you.

    Evaporative Cooling Systems

    As you may or may not have already guessed, evaporative cooling systems cool the temperature of the air through the process of evaporation. The simple transition of water-to-water vapour is enough to significantly lower the temperature of air, especially dry Melbourne air, using very little energy in comparison with other systems.

    Here are a few things to consider when deciding if this system is right for your home and lifestyle:

    • These systems work best in dry environments, so most of Australia should allow it to function well, but it will definitely work well in Melbourne.
    • They can be integrated easily into already existing systems.
    • You can look forward to lower upfront investment costs and lower running costs through the life cycle of the appliance.
    • Great energy savings with a reduction of peak electricity demand.
    • There are no chlorofluorocarbons used, so you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint.
    • Generally, there are less CO2 and other emissions.

    Refrigerated Air Conditioning

    There are two types of refrigerated air conditioning: ducted or wall hung. Ducted systems use vents or ducts to circulate airflow around your house while wall hung are single room appliances. Wall hung systems have two chambers, one that is outside the house and is made up of a compressor and condenser, and an indoor chamber with an evaporative cooling element.

    You might want to go with one of the refrigerated air con systems, and here are some reasons why you should:

    • More control over the temperature of your home.
    • Ducted systems can ensure that your entire home is the same temperature.
    • Wall mounted systems are easy to install.
    • More aesthetically pleasing and more quiet.
    • Reduces allergens in home and improves air quality.

    If you would like to discuss your options and get a free, no obligation quote on different types of air conditioning units, contact Jacob Refrigeration in Melbourne today.