26 Oct The Exciting World of Air Conditioning
We here at Aiconstruct Mackay love all things H.V.A.C. (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning), and why wouldn’t we it’s out job. So we thought we might share a bit of interesting industry news.
Finland, China, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia FYR, Russia, Serbia, Uzbekistan seized more than 35 tonnes of illegal refrigerant shipments between July 2010 and August 2012. According to the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) there are still 1,000,000 tones of HCFCs (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons otherwise know as the nasty stuff that rips the ozone apart) being traded per year.
The Queensland XXXX brewery plant has converted it’s refrigeration systems to an ammonia based solution. While ammonia was one of the original refrigerants way back when it’s toxicity and high death rate made it less desirable as time went on. That is until recently with advances in technology making everything a lot safer ammonia is quickly becoming the refrigerant of choice yet again. Please have a look at our website for reference material material on Natural Refrigerant alternatives.
Panasonic is now offering air conditioners that that allow electricity companies to remotely lower their energy consumption. This will help lower the peak demand load which in turn will reduce brownouts and more importantly reduce the communities overall electricity needs which in turn help the environment. To top all that off some governments are starting to offer rebates to consumers who install these systems.
Chinese authorities have shut down a counterfeit fan manufacturer. They were buying cheap Chinese fans then relabeling them as ebm-papst (they are a big thing), then reselling them onto unsuspecting consumers. Even the H.V.A.C. industry isn’t safe from those crafty pirates.
Australia is set to have a new ductwork standard by the end of October (Australian standard 1668.2). You would be surprised with how many standards there are in the H.V.A.C. industry. However they are all there for a very good reason, and we are almost past the days of the “she’ll be right” cowboys that cause so much grief amongst unwary consumers.
There is an every increasing rate of dangerous indoor air pollution, (allergens, and more importantly very harmful bacteria) from air conditioners that strangely seem to match the rate of air conditioner installations a few years ago. To put simply, to ensure your home is safe, all you have to do is clean the filters and have your air conditioning unit serviced by professionals at least once annually. Take a look at the Airhygiene section of our website for further information. This small investment will give you years of extra life from you unit plus ensuring clean air for you home as well as reducing electricity costs.