• 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.

  • 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.