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Air-Conditioner Features

Air-Conditioning Features
Air-Conditioning Features

Air-Conditioners come in a variety of styles and capabilities. In this brief article, we look at important features that you should be aware of when reviewing a new air-conditioner for your home or business. This will help you make an informed decision and select an air-conditioner that is suitable for your needs. For all air-conditioning sales, installation, repair and servicing on the northern Sunshine Coast, please contact our team. We provide a complete air-conditioner service, in addition to being approved warranty-repairers for major brands.

Energy Efficiency

Choosing efficient appliances is important for the environment and the back pocket. Depending on the climate zone, heating and/or cooling can account for 20% to 50% of energy used in Australian homes. [energy.gov.au] That’s quite a lot when you think about tit. The best way to understand the energy-efficiency of an air-conditioner is to evaluate the mandatory energy rating label on the box:

Energy Rating Labels

These labels give immediate insight into the energy-rating of the appliance, and can help you to evaluate the running costs of your air-conditioner in conjunction with the other features it offers.

More Stars on the Label Means:

  1. More Energy Efficiency
  2. Lower Power Bills
  3. Less Damage to the Environment

Refrigerant Type: R-32

The type of refrigerant used by an air-conditioner has an impact on both operational efficiency and environmental impact. Air-conditioners heat or cool the room by transferring heat via refrigerant. R-32 is a refrigerant used increasingly as the best commercially available option. It can reduce electricity consumption by approximately 10%, and has a lower environmental impact. [daikin.com]

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Cooling & Reverse Cycle

An important choice to make up front is whether your air-conditioner will be cooling, or reverse-cycle. Here is the difference:

Cooling: This means that the air-conditioner only cools the air.

Reverse Cycle: The air-conditioner can cool and heat the air.

If you’re on the Sunshine Coast and thinking, “I only need to keep cool in summer!”, then please don’t forget that our winters can be pretty chilly. A reverse-cycle air-conditioner is a great way to combat the winter cold, as well as keep you warm in summer.

What’s the Difference Between a Split System & a Reverse-Cycle Air-Conditioner?

These are 2 totally different things. A split system is a type of air-conditioner configuration, and gets its name from the fact that it is made up of two separate components, one inside and one outside. You can read more about split systems here. Reverse-cycle, on the other hand, refers to an air-conditioner mode where the internal air is heated, not cooled. In other words, you can have a split system air-conditioner with a reverse cycle feature.

Air Quality

Air quality is an important, but often overlooked issue, which can be addressed by the right type of air-conditioner. Most known for their abilities to cool or heat rooms, some air-conditioners can also help address air quality, and lessen the impact of related issues including respiratory conditions, allergic episodes, headaches, skin issues, strange smells, and mould growth. To best understand the air-quality capabilities of your prospective air-conditioner, check for options such as filtration, mould-proof operation, auto-cleaning, odour decomposition and bacteria deactivation. Air-conditioners can do much more than simply heat and cool your rooms!

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Connectivity

Appliances are getting smarter and air-conditioners are no exception. While the standard has always been operation via remote control, some AC units can now be operated by app on your phone or via smart home devices such as Google Home. In addition to this type of capability for new units, some brands also sell retro-fitting kits which enables this type of technology to be applied to older units. An example of this is the Fujitsu anywAIR technology Wi-Fi device.

Noise Reduction

Coming to terms with the noise levels associated with air-conditioners is important. Features such as Quiet Operation (Daikin) or Low Noise Mode (Fujitsu) can produce whisper-quiet AC under certain operational parameters. It’s important to understand that air-conditioner noise may be internal or external, depending on the type of air-conditioning unit you’re running and how it is being used. You need to consider both – you may not be able to hear your outdoor unit, but your neighbours may!

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Humidity Reduction: Dry Mode

If you lived on the Sunshine Coast during the first 4 months of 2022, you may be familiar with the problems associated with mould. Following a particularly rainy period during this time, mould growth was abundant as a result of humidity and a lack of sunshine. Dry mode is one option which is useful for battling mould, and comes as standard on many modern air-conditioners. This mode de-humidifies the room, and makes conditions less favourable for mould growth. In addition, it can be used as a more economical cooling method on days when high humidity is causing discomfort.

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Rust Prevention

Rust prevention is an important consideration on the Sunshine Coast due to proximity to the ocean. For outdoor electrical units such as air-conditioning condensers, the elements can take a toll. Corrosion-resistance treatments are included in some air-conditioner models. We can also apply a rust-prevention application which will help protect your air-conditioner from the elements. Talk to our team to find out more information.

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Further Reading

Air-Conditioning Upgrades

Is it time to upgrade your air-conditioner? On the northern Sunshine Coast, our team is ready to bring you up to date. We can help you upgrade any type of system and our team will remove the old unit to make things easier for you. Contact us to discuss your residential and commercial AC upgrades…

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Air-Conditioning Repairs

For all AC repairs on the northern part of the Sunshine Coast, talk to our team today. We’re experienced air-conditioner electricians with a proud service history going back to 1973. We work on all aspects of air-conditioning including design, sales & installation, servicing & maintenance, repairs & upgrades. We’re here to make air-conditioning easy for…

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Air-Conditioning Design

If you’re considering purchasing an air-conditioner, whether it’s for a single room or multiple rooms, an important consideration is matching the machine to the task. Ensuring an appropriate air-conditioning solution is in place is essential for efficient, sustained operation. Air-conditioners come in a wide range of types, sizes and capabilities (learn more about them here),…

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Winter Air Conditioning Services

Fujitsu Free Money Offer 2022
Fujitsu Free Money Offer 2022

This winter is a great time to organise a new air-conditioner, upgrade your ducted AC, or arrange an air-conditioner clean or service – before things get too busy during the peak summer months.

Check out these great opportunities:

Fujitsu Free Money Offer

Purchase an eligible Fujitsu air-conditioner during the offer period and receive a pre-paid digital MasterCard valued at up to $450! Learn more

Ducted Air-Conditioner Upgrades

Is it time to upgrade your ducted AC? We are uniquely positioned to assist. With our warehousing capability and qualified staff (including both electricians and refrigeration mechanics) we have the know-how and team to make your ducted upgrade happen. Learn more

AC Clean & Service

Organise an air-conditioner Clean & Service to ensure you’re circulating clean air through your home or business, and make sure your system is ready to go when the heat is on come summer. Learn more

Cooking Salmon in Your Dishwasher, and Other Interesting Dishwasher Trivia

How to Cook Salmon in Your Dishwasher
How to Cook Salmon in Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers make the daily chore of dishwashing easier, quicker and more efficient. That’s good news because, let’s face it, washing the dishes is a task that nobody truly loves. At Noosa Electric Co, we repair and service dishwashers for our Sunshine Coast customers, and we think dishwashers are pretty special. Read on to learn more about all things dishwashing, including (gulp) cooking salmon in the dishwasher!

The Origins of The Dishwasher

The first mechanical dishwashing device was registered for a patent in 1850 in the United States by Joel Houghton. [SRC: Wikipedia] Thanks Joel! Unfortunately, Joel’s dishwasher was a long way from expectations, and has been described as being slow and inefficient! [SRC: Missionrs.com ] Poor Joel! Let’s face it, his prototype, which was wooden, and hand-cranked, must have been a pretty rugged and possibly leaky affair. Nevertheless, this was the first step in a wonderful, global evolution from manual hand-washing to sophisticated, modern dishwashing!

Is Dishwashing More Efficient Than Handwashing?

The following information from choice.com.au | describes the different between dishwashing and hand washing from a study in the University of Bonn in Germany:


A full dishwasher uses about 13 litres of water to clean 144 items.

Washing the same load by hand uses about 100 litres of water on average, according to a study by the University of Bonn in Germany.

It’s important to note this is average water consumption – actual usage ranged from 33 to a staggering 440 litres in the study!


The important thing to note is that the dishwasher needs to be full to make the most of its efficiency. If you’re only washing a couple of items, washing them by hand will be more efficient, and use less water!

Cooking Salmon in the Dishwasher

It turns out that this is not a joke – the internet is brimming with recipes for “Dishwasher Salmon”.. it is a ‘thing’, although I’m not sure if I will be making it a ‘thing’ in my kitchen! In short, people are cooking salmon in the dishwasher, in a trend that began in America. Watch the video and learn all about it:

This cooking method can apparently also be applied to cooking lasagna [SRC: stylevanity.com], but It’s safe to say that this process isn’t included in the manufacturer’s instruction manual, along with all of the other things people use their dishwashers for that aren’t dishes. According to eatingwell.com people also use their dishwasher for non-cooking tasks as diverse as washing dog collars, toothbrushes, thongs, toys, keys and even golf balls. Have you ever been guilty of anything like this? Coming from a business that repairs dishwashers, we recommend you stick to the crockery!

Recycling Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers are 99% recyclable. Did you know that if we’re installing a new dishwasher, we will also take away your old dishwasher and facilitate it’s recycling? This is included in our service, and is another reason to consider Noosa Electric Co for you all of your dishwashing sales, installation, repair and servicing requirements on the Sunshine Coast QLD.

Tips For Reducing, Managing & Removing Mould

Targeting Mould Sunshine Coast
Targeting Mould Sunshine Coast

With an incredibly rainy introduction to 2022, Sunshine Coast residents are coming to terms with an unwanted household visitor: MOULD. After all the rain, mould is appearing in homes everywhere. If it’s in your home.. rest assured, you’re not alone!

The presence of mould is caused by wet, dampness, lack of ventilation and humidity [SRC: ABC] making these rainy days (and weeks and months!) the perfect opportunity for mould to proliferate. In this article, we take a look at the problems caused by mould and different ways that you can tackle it, to get back to living mould-free!

What are the Health Issues with Mould?

People can be exposed to mould through inhalation, skin contact or ingestion. The health effects include:

  • irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and skin
  • allergic reaction in people with a mould allergy (e.g. asthma flare-up or hay fever symptoms).
  • hypersensitivity pneumonitis—a rare lung disease where the lungs become inflamed due to an allergic reaction to certain inhaled substances (e.g. organic dust, fungus, mould or chemicals)
  • infection.

Most healthy people will not experience health problems from contact with mould, however the risk increases for people with:

  • asthma, allergies or other respiratory conditions may be more sensitive to mould
  • a health condition or undergoing medical treatment that lowers their immunity are more at risk of infection (e.g. cancer and its treatment, organ transplant recipients).

[SRC: worksafeqld.gov.au]

Ensuring Your Air-Conditioner Is Mould-Free

Air-conditioners circulate the air you breathe, so it’s essential to ensure that they are clean and free of mould. This is particularly important on the Sunshine Coast, where high humidity, especially after rain, sees an increase in AC usage. We provide a professional clean & service for your split system or ducted air-conditioner. We recommend this service twice-yearly to ensure your system is running optimally.

Using Dry Mode to Reduce Humidity

Some clever ducted and split system air conditioning units offer the latest in cutting edge technology, which means they not only provide efficient cooling and heating for your home, but can humidify, dehumidify, ventilate and purify the air! [SRC: Daikin]

Make sure when you’re assessing air-conditioner solutions on the Sunshine Coast, you take this into account, ensuring your AC has this capability. Learn more about new air-conditioners here.

General Mould Prevention

Mould is caused by wet, dampness, lack of ventilation and humidity. The trick to preventing mould, or inhibiting its growth, is to prevent these conditions from arising at home. This is easier said than done when it rains incessantly for 5 months; however utilising your air-conditioner or dehumidifier during these times can also be helpful. Here are some handy tips to prevent or inhibit mould at home:

  1. Allow sunlight into your home, as much as possible.
  2. Allow air to circulate. Open doors and windows.
  3. Where does your clothes dryer vent it’s air? If possible, arrange for it to vent outside, as this air can be very humid and if vented inside, can create mould-growing conditions.
  4. Clean wet areas of the home regularly.
  5. Wipe away any moisture you find, and try to keep the inside of the home dry.
  6. Dry and air damp clothes and shoes outside if possible.
  7. Clean carpets and rugs regularly using a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Filter) vacuum cleaner.
  8. Clean evaporation trays in air-coolers, dehumidifiers and refrigerators regularly.
  9. Don’t run evaporative air cooling systems with water during high humidity (over 65%). If the air feels humid, run the air cooler without water and open the windows.
  10. llow space between furniture and walls so air can flow, particularly wardrobes.
  11. Don’t stack boxes or other items against outside walls, especially walls that don’t get a lot of sun.
  12. Place absorbent beads in affected rooms to soak up extra moisture. You can buy these at the supermarket.

[SRC: ABC]

Steps to removing mould

  1. Obtain personal protective equipment, including half-face disposable respirators with P1 or P2 filters, to avoid inhaling mould spores when cleaning. You’ll find these at hardware stores.
  2. Place drop sheets on the floor and exclude people from the affected area if they’re not performing the work.
  3. Get 2 buckets: 1 for cleaning solution and 1 for clean water.
  4. Wipe the area clean with a microfibre cloth and cleaning solution. Don’t put dirty cloths back in the solution; rinse them in the clean water to avoid cross-contamination.
  5. After cleaning the area with the solution, wipe the surface with a damp cloth. Don’t use the same cloth you used with the solution.
  6. Wipe the surface dry with a clean cloth.

[SRC: qld.gov.au]

Making Mould Remover

Here are some tips for removing mould from qld.gov.au. They’re particularly useful because they include different options, so depending on what you have in the kitchen, you may not need to go shopping to get started.

Remove mould using a suitable mould remover, such as:

  • a solution of 3 parts vinegar and 2 parts water
  • a solution of 70% methylated spirits and 30% water
  • a solution of tea tree oil and water
  • commercial products from the supermarket. Follow the safety instructions to protect your eyes and skin.

Mould Removal Tips

Why shouldn’t I clean mould with a dry brush or broom?

This could release spores into the air, which may cause adverse health affects and spread mould to other areas. [SRC: qld.gov.au]

Why shouldn’t I clean mould with bleach?

Using bleach is not recommended because it’s not an effective mould killer. However, bleach will help to eliminate other disease-causing organisms that may be present because of contaminated floodwaters. [SRC: qld.gov.au]

Why should I keep changing cloths when cleaning mould?

Always use a different cloth with each process and throw them away after, or the mould spores will spread and mould will reappear. [SRC: qld.gov.au]

Why should I wear personal protective equipment when cleaning mould?

Our immune system does not like mould. It is not meant to be breathed into our lungs. [SRC: qld.gov.au]

How’s Your IAQ?

How is Your IAQ?
How is Your IAQ?

While it may be invisible, indoor air quality (IAQ) has a big impact on our health and comfort at home. It’s easy to assume the air we breathe is pretty clean – but the truth is, many of us aren’t even aware of the minute microbes and ultrafine particles that we live with every day. Along with more obvious things like cigarette smoke, dust mites and pet allergens, one of the greatest factors to influence indoor air quality is mould. Apart from being unsightly, mould releases microscopic spores into the air we breathe, which can wreak havoc on our health, especially for those prone to allergies. 

Banishing mould can be a tricky task, so we’ve gathered our top tips for detecting and eradicating this nasty stuff and improving your indoor air quality for good. 

Tip 1. Assess your ventilation situation
Mould absolutely loves damp environments, so it tends to grow in places where moisture can’t easily escape (like your bathroom, kitchen or laundry). In many cases, you can resolve the issue by improving ventilation through windows or vents.

If natural ventilation in a living or sleeping area is an issue, a good air conditioner or dehumidifier can do the trick, which can draw air from the outside and circulate it inside, reducing the humidity in your home without affecting the temperature.

Tip 2. Don’t let water hang around
Be vigilant, take care to dry your kitchen and bathroom areas thoroughly after you’ve finished using them (mould can grow in as little as 24 hours!). Keeping bathroom exhaust fans running while you’re showering (and for 30 minutes after) is a good idea too.

Tip 3. Take advantage of mould-fighting products
If you’re building a new home or renovating, you’ll be happy to hear there are some mould-resistant products you can use to prevent mould: things like mould-resistant plasterboard and mould-resistant insulation. For existing homes, it can be worth looking into waterproofing paints for problem spots around the house.

Tip 4. Keep an eye on indoor plants
While indoor plants can help improve your indoor air quality by filtering pollutants, they can also provide the perfect breeding ground for mould. To stop this from happening, don’t let excess water stagnate in drip trays when you water. A good tip is adding a dash of natural antifungal substance that can hinder mould growth in the plant soil.

Tip 5. Don’t ‘set and forget’ your air conditioner or dehumidifier.
Regularly cleaning or replacing filters as required is a simple way to keep your unit running at its best, and sticking to a regular servicing schedule can also make a world of difference to your unit’s ability to keep your air clean.

Now you’re armed with these mould-fighting secrets, why not sort those trouble spots and enjoy fresher air every day? And if you decide it’s time for an air conditioning or dehumidifying unit, all Daikin’s split system air conditioners have in-built air purifiers and are the only air conditioners approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’ Sensitive Choice Program. For more information, just give Daikin’s Specialist Dealer a call.

SRC: Daikin


Energy Saving Tips

Energy Reduction Tips
Energy Reduction Tips

Whether it’s the heat of summer, the middle of winter or any time of year, there is always something you can do to with your home and appliances to save energy and operate more efficiently. This collection of tips is here to guide you on the way!

Air Conditioning Tips

In South East QLD, Air-Conditioners come on hard in Summer and this is reflected in your quarterly electrical bill. The following tips are useful for reducing costs and saving energy:

Change One Degree, Save Energy

Although ‘ice-cold’ might be your preferred AC setting in the heat of summer, moving up a degree or two can translate to real savings over the period. 

Daikin say:

When it comes to cooling in summer, increasing the temperature by 1 degree can also reduce your energy use by 5 to 10%.

Reduced energy use translates to savings on your electrical bill, so this is a handy tip to keep in mind as we swelter our way through summer. 

SRC: Daikin


Appliance Tips

The type of appliances you incorporate into your lifestyle and the way they are used has a significant impact on the costs associated over the lifespan of the appliance.

Purchase Quality Items

Appliances come in a wide variety of costs and capabilities. At the time of purchase a cheaper appliance may seem like a good idea, but the benefits of going with a quality brand will continue to serve you well for a much longer time. A key benefit is energy efficiency. Familiarise yourself with ratings systems, and check out the differences in energy efficiency in the available options.

SRC: QLD Gov’t


Tips to Save Electricity

The way you set up and configure your appliances will determine how much money they cost to run.

Hot Water Tariff

Ensure your electric hot water is on a controlled load (off-peak) tariff. That will mean when it heats up, it will do so at a reduced rate.

SRC: QLD Gov’t