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As you probably know, the Australian summertime can be extremely hot. When I moved to Australia from England, I knew it would be warm, but I wasn't ready for the intense heat. I had bought a home on the outskirts of Sydney. It was a great place but unfortunately, it didn't have an HVAC system. I moved in during the winter time, so this wasn't a problem. However, when the weather began to warm up, the interior of my home became very uncomfortable. I called in an HVAC contractor who explained my options before installing a modern HVAC system which keeps my house nice and cool.

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3 Questions a Company Owner Might Have About Commercial Air Conditioning

by Herminia Lopez

Your commercial air conditioning system is very important for your company, as it not only keeps workers cool but also protects your materials from damage due to heat and humidity. When the commercial air conditioner is not working, not only does the building get very warm but it can also get very humid, allowing for damage to drywall, any product you're manufacturing, and so on. Note a few questions you might have about commercial air conditioning and then talk to a contractor about these issues if needed.

1. Why are the utility costs suddenly spiked when the air conditioner is used?

This can be caused by a number of issues but one common problem is a leak somewhere in the ductwork. This leak allows out cool air so that it doesn't reach the offices and in turn, that space doesn't get any cooler. The air conditioner will then continue to run until the temperature matches the thermostat. The air conditioner itself may also have a fan that is breaking down and in turn, it needs to work longer to make a space cool. In some cases, it may not even be the air conditioner but poor insulation, causing cool air to leak out through the roof or walls. You may also not have proper ventilation in a production or kitchen area, so that hot air collects and the air conditioner needs to work harder to cool the entire building. 

2. Is it true that an old air conditioner can cause mould?

An air conditioner may hold condensation and water if the condenser is broken or a drain is clogged; in turn, it may spread mould and mildew throughout the building when it run. However, if the building has mould on the walls or beams, this can be the fault of too much humidity being trapped in the building. The air conditioner may be too strong so that it cools a space before it can remove humidity, or you may not be running the air conditioner enough in order to reduce humidity levels. Your building may also have humidity levels that are just too high for the air conditioner to handle; a dehumidifier or other solution may be needed.

3. Why does the air conditioner make so much noise?

Your commercial air conditioner shouldn't do anything but hum when it comes on; if you hear banging from the unit itself, this is often a part that has come loose or is breaking down. If you hear loud noises behind the walls, this is usually a problem with the ductwork coming loose from its connectors. Note where you hear the noise and then discuss the problem with a contractor who can find its source and address it properly.

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