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May 2018

Should You Repair Or Replace Your Air Conditioning? 5 Factors To Consider

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In the heat of summer, having a cool and breezy home to chill out in after a long day of sunbathing is an essential for most Australians. Whether you’re desperate to bring the temperature in your home down or are hoping to upgrade your current system, it’s important to consider these factors before getting started with a new AC system install.   

#1. Size of the Unit: 

The size of your new AC unit is key to providing you with longevity, efficient running, and of course, comfort in your home during the warmer weather. Choosing an AC unit that’s too small for your home will result in the need for it to be running constantly. This can lead to failure to keep your home cool in hot weather, in addition to soaring utility bills. On the other hand, a unit that starts and stops frequently is too large and will likely be using a lot of unnecessary electricity. Speak to professionals providing air conditioning Nudgee to determine the optimal unit size for your home.  

#2. Consider a Programmable Thermostat: 

Similar to your home’s central heating system, switching on the AC when it’s not necessary can lead to excess energy use and expensive utility bills. However, it’s not always ideal to switch on your AC when returning home. At the end of a long day at work, particularly if you work outdoors and will need to cool down, it can be annoying and tiresome to wait for the AC system to fire up. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the AC unit to switch on at particular times of the day, allowing you to return home to a cool, comfortable home without wasting energy and money. It may be possible to upgrade your existing unit to a programmable thermostat, or have it included in a new install. 

#3. Do Your Homework on Air Quality: 

Chances are you’re already aware that air quality holds significant importance for both our comfort and our health. Adjusting the airflow on an AC unit is important, but often, homeowners aren’t even aware that it is an issue. A trained electrician Banyo will be able to test and adjust the air ducts on your system to ensure a smooth airflow of clean air. A new AC system might be preferable if your current one is old; you may be able to save money by simply having air quality control devices installed.  

#4. Consider the Alternatives: 

Bear in mind that it’s not always necessary to install vents when adding a new AC system to your home. There are several alternatives to consider which may be more suitable for your living space, along with saving you money in the short- and long-term. For example, new ductless ‘mini-split’ air conditioning systems can be installed with only indoor air handlers. This ensures minimal installation work – no renovation is needed except for a small hole drilled into the wall to connect the indoor and outdoor units.  

#5. Do the Maths: 

Finally, it’s worth doing some calculations to ensure that it’s worth investing in a new AC system upgrade. If your current system isn’t working properly, having it repaired or replaced could save you hundreds of dollars each year. But, how do you know which is best? A simple trick is to take the age of your AC system and multiply it by the cost to repair it. If it’s more than $5,000, a replacement will be more economical. 

Hospitality Done Properly Can Really See Business Boom

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There are some really plush restaurants and bars out there, primed to host you for a great night or day out. If you are just with one friend or family member or a bunch of others, you will be the first to know whether or not a place weighs up in terms of your expectations for it. A good or a bad establishment can make or break a great evening out. You will want to return to this place in the future, in order to replicate and better the memories you had of it in the first place. However, for owners of such enterprises, who want to ensure that one-off customers become return customers, it’s so important that they invest the time and money and resources required in order to upgrade the place every now and then. If not, it will become drab and existing clients will move on to the next hot and cool thing in town, where all the popular people and hipsters and other societal demographics are hanging out these days. 

Safety and security is always paramount 

While it might be the furtherest thing from the minds of your guests frequenting your establishment, their safety and security has to come first. In the event of a small fire or some other scenario or circumstance that requires people to evacuate the building, you will need to have the right measures and protocols in place. Sources and solutions like What’s On Projects are geared to do this sort of thing on your behalf, ensuring that your safety and security standards meet the high levels required by inspectors and the fire department demanded by the city or town directorate. They’ll have the facilities need installed and ensure that these are checked and repaired and maintained and serviced on a regular basis. 

What if there is more than just one? 

If, in the event you are looking to set up or upgrade a set of stores or bars or restaurants in one go, then you are going to need the high-level sort of functionality those associated with the hospitality fitouts Brisbane bring to the proverbial table. It’s all well and good needing one or two of something, but when you need even more than that done, produced and delivered over a relatively short space of time, then it’s so key to use the services of a trusted and equipped and educated and willing service provider. Because they would have seen such systems and needs before, they will be resourced accordingly, to act on multiple levels at any given time.  

There will probably be subcontractors involved 

The management and oversight of subcontractors, like electricians and plumbers, across this process has to be done in the right way. When there are a lot of men and women involved, they’ll need some sort of project planning and management person to ensure they are on the same page throughout. Any problems that need ironing out could then effectively be done on the spot. Big decisions could be made more quickly than if there wasn’t one direct point of oversight provided by your chosen solution provider. 

Modern Consumers Increasingly Spoilt For Choice

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Modern people are extremely spoiled for choices when it comes to what they are going to consume or put into their bodies. Just a single generation ago our parents might have had a couple of brands to pick between when they went shopping but that was all. Now every product comes in a range of different versions, with things added, things taken away, items replaced or ingredients switched. If you had to keep track of the number of choices a shopper went through during an average visit to the supermarket you would be amazed at what goes into filling a basic basket. Is it that our tastes have become more refined or is it because we are better informed? It is hard to say, but here are some examples of just how spoiled we are.  

Time for a smoke 

Fifty years ago you could choose between a handful of brands. There was also the option of choosing the size of the carton: were you going to buy a pack of 20 or a pack of 30. That was about as far as it went. Then came menthol cigarettes and it seemed as though it was all done and dusted as far as choice went. That was until the electronic cigarettes came along and suddenly the market took a whole new turn. Now if you are a smoker you can chose between the traditional fare or you can opt for the best vaporizer Australia has to offer with hundreds of different coils and flavours. What used to be a simple, brand conscious decision is now a very complicated choice. 

Drinks 

Soft drinks and beers and milk have all gone from being simple, straightforward purchases to fairly complicated and personalized decisions. Woe betide the person who buys full cream milk for a skim milk friend, or the person who gets a Coke Zero instead of a regular Coke. The choices in the drinks fridge have become mind-boggling but the truth is that the surplus of options has not alienated people, instead it has boosted sales on all fronts and driven consumption on all fronts. 

Allergies 

Allergies and medical conditions have played a big role in the creation of new and different products. Gluten-free has become a big focus in the baked goods arena, and for a while fat-free and sugar-free were major focuses as well. Salt-free is also on the rise as consumers become increasingly aware of what constitutes good healthy eating and what products have different effects. 

Doing the right thing 

Terms like ‘ethical’ and ‘Fair Trade’ are increasingly used and they add another layer to the purchasing decision. This time it is not about taste or ingredients but rather about how the products were sourced and who or what was involved and affected along the way. It is a seriously important factor although it does beg the question, if a venue is able to acknowledge that some products are ‘Fair Trade’ but not others, why are they actually prepared to sell a product that by virtue of the fact that it is not ‘Fair Trade’ means they are acknowledging that somebody was screwed over in order for them to be selling it.