We’re celebrating Pete’s 18 year anniversary with the team! Pete is our appliance repair specialist and works out of a custom-designed workshop in our warehouse. We’re grateful to have you with us Pete!
Electricity and electrification is the efficiency we’ve been looking for. Inventor, author and founder of Rewiring Australia Dr Saul Griffith shares his vision to Electrify everything with The Big Switch. Saul talks through the 101 million machines within Australian homes and businesses that need to be electrified in the next 20 years that will lead us into a clean energy future.
Saul’s mission is to get clean electrification, eliminate all emissions, reduce cost of living and improve the health of all Australians. Saul is an inventor, author, and successful entrepreneur. He has led dozens of research projects in energy, robotics, and manufacturing and founded and co-founded multiple successful companies. In 2007 he was awarded a Macarthur Fellowship, the so-called ‘Genius Grant’, for inventions in the service of humanity. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Meet our new apprentice, Denis. This pic was taken on his first day on the job. He is training to specialise in appliance repair and domestic refrigeration. Welcome to the team, Denis!
Smoke Alarm laws are changing in Queensland. New rules are being progressively introduced. From 01 January 2022, all properties rented or leased will need to meet the new requirements in order to be compliant. Ensure your property is compliant with a smoke alarm solution professionally installed by our team:
The service and communication was very prompt and professional from the initial contact to the completion of work.
I thoroughly recommend Noosa Electric Co. The technician was prompt, friendly and immediately identified the problem and fixed it. I would certainly use them again.
Very professional and prompt service. Thank you for a very well done job.
The service and communication was a fast turn around and saved me $1000. They fixed my dishwasher and it was just a water sensor that cost $75. Thank you.
Very pleasant. Very efficient. Kept in contact with us about the progress of the job.
Professional technician quickly identified AC problem. Excellent communication. Highly recommended.
Extremely happy with the entire experience. We had our old oven and range hood removed and new appliances installed. The tradesmen were very efficient, helpful and friendly. We will highly recommend Noosa Electric Co.
Very satisfied with thorough work on a complex job. Grateful to the team – Thank you. Will use again.
Had oven and hotplates replaced by new ones. The guys were friendly and did a good job in a short time. Thanks for your professional and efficient work.
Staff were friendly and happy to help. Booking was easy and had message to let me know when technician was on his way. Technician was friendly while carrying out work.
Quick response to enquiry and communication was great. Figured out ways to rectify the problem quickly and explained options. Very friendly and professional. Great customer service.
Prompt, efficient and affordable. Very happy. Definitely will use again. Great to have electrician who can look at appliances too.
Excellent service. We needed the job done quickly. The Noosa electric team were very quick, highly knowledgeable with excellent attention to detail.
Serviceman was on time, went straight to work servicing airconditioner, explained all. Was courteous and helpful. Very pleased.
The technician was brilliant and the follow up from the office staff was also great.
Extremely professional, efficient and friendly. They also removed rubbish and cleaned up after the installation of our air conditioner. Amazing customer service!
Technicians are always on time, and reliable.
Friendly staff and a pleasure to have come into our home and fix our dishwasher.
Great electrician. Reliable, clean, helpful and friendly. They thought outside the square to find solutions. Telephone appointment staff super helpful and efficient also. Thank you so much.
Technician very helpful, giving me various options – not just the easiest or most expensive. Could not be happier.
I would like to pass on by gratitude to Debbie, Jayson and Connor on a professional and amazing job done, in getting my oven in. I really appreciate Debbie listening and understanding my desperation and finding Jayson , Thursday and Connor, Friday to come to my rescue. Both tradies were so understanding, efficient and the best!!! Thank you Noosa Electric Co, I will be giving you 10 star review.
New Smoke Alarm Legislation
The new requirements state that for all properties rented or leased:
- Smoke alarms must be installed in every bedroom of a home, every hallway connecting bedrooms
- If there are no bedrooms on a level, at least one smoke alarm should be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling
- All smoke alarms must be powered by either 240 volt or 10 year lithium battery
- All smoke alarms must be interconnected to each other
- All smoke alarms must be photoelectric
- All smoke alarms must comply with AS3786:2014
In excess of 500,000 properties will need to be upgraded prior to Jan 1 2022. Inevitably there will be a significant last-minute rush to meet the new compliance requirements. Why not consider getting ahead of the pack and consider your options today? Do not risk non-compliance. Contact our friendly team for a solution for the upgrade of your property.
Interconnected Smoke Alarms
Interconnected smoke alarms communicate with each other. When one alarm is triggered, all of the other alarms will also be triggered. This produces a more effective warning through the premises in the event of an alarm event. Alarms can be connected by wire or wirelessly. Talk to our team to find out more about how many alarms and the best type of alarms to use in your premises.
Photoelectric Smoke Alarms
When replacing smoke alarms, they must be of a photoelectric type which complies with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-2014. Photoelectric smoke alarms, also known as optical or photo-optical, detect visible particles of combustion. They respond to a wide range of fires, but are particularly responsive to smouldering fires and the dense smoke given off by foam-filled furnishings or overheated PVC wiring. Source: QFES
Air-Conditioners come in many shapes and sizes. If you’re considering an air-conditioner for your home or business, it can be helpful to understand the options to help make a decision about what kind of air-conditioner is best for you. There are a wide range of important considerations to take into account, which we cover in this article. If you’re on the Sunshine Coast, please don’t hesitate to contact our team to access our expertise in all things AC, including sales, installation, servicing, repairs, maintenance & cleaning.
Understanding Air-Conditioner Costs
While the upfront cost of an appliance is always a primary consideration, with air-conditioners, there are also ongoing costs that should be taken into account. By being aware of these at the time of purchase, you can make a better-informed decision about the type of air-conditioner that may be best for your premises.
Here are the major cost considerations to be aware of:
Purchase Cost: The cost of the air-conditioner
Installation Cost: When an installation requires an electrician (for example, a split system or ducted system) there will be an installation fee that will depend on the time and complexity of the installation.
Running Costs: The more you use your air-conditioner, the more electricity it will use. The cost of running your AC will depend on extent of use, and the efficiency of the unit.
Service Costs: Like any mechanical appliance, air-conditioners work best with regular servicing and cleaning.
The goal when purchasing an air-conditioner for your premises is to acquire a unit that is well-suited to the task, adequately powerful, as efficient as possible, and of a good brand and model that will reduce problems and costs in the long run.
Reviewing Your Internal Layout
It is essential to review, and understand, the layout of your premises to select an air-conditioner that will suit your goals. For example, the kW capacity of your air-conditioner will need to be optimised to the space you want to cool (there’s more on this topic below). Also, the number of rooms you wish to heat or cool will also affect your decision. Here are the main points to take into account when assessing your layout:
- How many rooms do I want to cool?
- How big are these rooms?
- Are they joined, or separate rooms?
- How many levels are there in the premises?
- Is it for residential or commercial purposes?
There are some handy resources available related to this topic at: lookforthetick.com.au. Don’t worry – when you discuss an air-conditioner sale or installation with our team, we’ll help you solve all of these problems, as we are experts in this field.
Air-conditioners have many features. One of the most important ones to understand is capacity. The capacity of an air-conditioner means how much space they are capable of cooling. Capacity is represented in KiloWatts (Kw) and more Kw means more capacity. It also means that the air-conditioner will cost more to purchase. Therefore, you want to get an air-conditioner unit which has a suitable capacity for its intended purpose. You can get some great insight on this aspect at this article by choice.com.au. Alternatively, talk to our team, and we will help you to connect with a model suitable for your purposes.
Types of Air-Conditioners
Following are popular, common styles of air-conditioning solutions. At Noosa Electric Co, our sales and installations include either split systems or ducted systems, but our AC technicians perform repairs, servicing and maintenance on most common air-conditioner modalities.
Portable & Window Air Conditioners
Portable air-conditioners are a single, standalone unit that you plug in to use, like any other appliance. They can be moved from room to room. Window air-conditioners are similar, except that they are mounted in a window frame. Both of these options are relatively cheap and involve little or no installation. However, their energy-efficiency, running costs, cooling-efficiency and appearance may not make them practical for a long-term air-conditioning solution.
Split System Air Conditioners
Split systems are one of the most popular air-conditioning options for homes and businesses on the Sunshine Coast. They are called ‘split’ systems because they are made up of 2 separate components, an indoor and an outdoor unit (see below). These type of air-conditioners come in a variety of different models, which are suitable for cooling single rooms (split system, mini-split system) to multiple rooms (multi-split, multi-head split).
The indoor unit is mounted inside on the wall, and emits cool air into the room. This is the unit that you control (for example with a remote control) to manage the internal temperature. This unit is connected to the outdoor unit.
Also known as the condenser or heat exchanger, the outdoor unit sits outside and works together with the indoor unit to produce your air-conditioning.
This image displays the external unit in a split system configuration. You can see the external unit, which is connected to the internal unit by the vertical piping.
Single Room Split System Air Conditioning
Single split system air-conditioners, or mini splits, are designed for cooling a single room. By separating the components in this way, the design is more efficient and capable than integrated units such as the portable or window air-conditioners mentioned above. They also have a more streamlined appearance, taking into account the capability of the unit, since half of the system resides outside. Split system air-conditioners require installation by a professional electrician.
There are quite a few choices to make when evaluating a split system for your home or business. Our team is here to help. We can guide you to a suitable brand and model for your purposes, and our electricians will install the unit for you.
A key advantage of split systems is that they can be easily retro-fitted to established homes or businesses. This isn’t always possible with a ducted air-conditioner (see below), which are integrated into the actual building, usually at the time of construction.
Split System FAQ
What is the difference between a Split System and and Air-Conditioner?
A Split System is a type of air-conditioner.
Can split systems heat as well as cool?
This capability depends on the model. A reverse cycle air-conditioner can heat as well as cool. If you want this capability in your air-conditioner, make sure the model you’re looking at features reverse-cycle.
Multi-Head Split System Air Conditioners
A multi-head, or multi-split system air-conditioner is a type of split system for situations where more than one room requires air-conditioning.
With a multi-head split system, a single outdoor unit is linked to multiple indoor units (rather than just the standard single unit). This enables cooling, or heating of multiple, separate rooms.
Another popular option for air-conditioning multiple rooms is ducted air-conditioning. However, ducted air (see below) needs more space to install and is integrated into the building design, whereas split systems, including multi-splits, can be installed more easily because of their agile disposition.
Can you heat some rooms and cool others simultaneously?
According to Daikin, this isn’t possible. While individual rooms can be set to different temperatures, they must all be either heating, cooling, or turned off.
Floor Standing Air Conditioners
Floor-standing units are like a split system in all regards except that they are mounted on the floor (split systems are mounted on the wall). Otherwise, they’re the same – there is an indoor unit, an outdoor unit, and they can be retro-fitted to a home or business by a licensed electrician.
Ducted air-conditioners are an integrated air-conditioning system that is built into the actual structure, usually at the time of construction. They can be used to cool an entire building, and perform large-scale cooling more efficiently than other types of air-conditioners. Ducted systems involve an outdoor unit, an indoor unit (unlike the split system, this indoor unit is tucked away out of sight), and the ducts, which run from the central unit through to other rooms, and which give the system its name.
Ducted systems have a very low internal profile – all of the works are hidden from sight, and the air flows from discreet vents.
Ducted air-conditioning systems are optimal for larger homes or commercial premises with single or multiple rooms. However, because ducted systems are built into the structure, it may be difficult or impossible to retro-fit them.
Ducted AC FAQ
Is Ducted AC better than a split system?
Ducted and split systems serve different purposes. While the purpose of a split system is to cool a single room, or in the case of a multi-split up to 5 rooms, Ducted air-conditioning can cool an entire home. Ducted may be a better option if you’re looking to air-condition a larger space, but because it is integrated into the building, usually needs to be included at the time the home is constructed.
Bulkhead Air-Conditioning Systems
Bulkhead air-conditioning systems have similarities to both split systems and ducted systems. They’re for apartments or single-room cooling, and involve an outdoor unit, and an internal unit. Unlike split systems, whose internal unit is visible, the internal bulkhead unit is tucked away off to the side of the ceiling space, emitting cool air into the room via a low-profile grille. This makes for a low-profile air-conditioning solution. Like ducted systems, bulkhead systems are integrated into the structure and their installation generally need to be done as part of a construction or renovation process.
Cassette Air Conditioners
Cassette air conditioners are also based in the ceiling. However, unlike bulkhead systems, which are discretely tucked away, cassette systems are built into the ceiling, usually in the centre of the room, and although they’re inline with the ceiling the unit is visible. This type of system is extremely effective as its central location enables the immediate 360 degree distribution of cool air around the room. Cassette air conditioners are better suited to light-commercial or commercial applications.
Understanding the features and capabilities of air-conditioners can help you make informed choices.
A proactive approach to cleaning and servicing your air-conditioner is essential to extend its life and ensure it is operational when you need it most – in the heat of summer!
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.
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:
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:
- More Energy Efficiency
- Lower Power Bills
- 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]
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Familiarise yourself with different types of air-conditioners, and find out what’s best for your home or business.
A proactive approach to cleaning and servicing your air-conditioner is essential to extend its life and ensure it is operational when you need it most – in the heat of summer!