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Home Living : July 22nd 2008
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 22, 2008 205 Climate control » ADVERTISING FEATURE With the cold season upon us it is great to have the best option for heating the home. Frost Air Conditioning general manager Craig Farnworth says one of the most efficient forms of heating is ducted airconditioning. Some modern units are 35 per cent cheaper to run than conventional airconditioners. A few steps can be taken to improve the efficiency of an airconditioning unit. Close off areas that are not being used. Only run areas that are commonly being used. Install ceiling insulation. Do not initially set a unit on a high temperature. It is more efficient to begin at a low setting, between 20 to 23C, and slowly warm the room. Regular maintenance or service is also a contributing factor. While it prolongs the life expectancy of the system it also maintains its efficiency. If your duct work is not sealed correctly, or even becomes unattached, you could be losing a lot of efficiency into the attic or ceiling space. It also creates bad air flow to outlets in each room. Have duct work checked and sealed for better efficiency and air flow. Clean filters regularly. If the filter is dirty this can slow the air flow, therefore making the system work harder to keep you warm. So if an airconditioning unit requires a service, or for an obligation-free measure and quote for a new system, contact Frost Air Conditioning. Details: Call 9634 5999, email service@frostair. com.au or visit www.frostair.com.au HOMELIVING Easy savings Did you know that cutting your time in the shower by just one minute will save enough electricity to run a television for up to four hours? According to EnergyAustralia energy efficiency expert Paul Myors there are easy ways to reduce your bill and one of the best places to start is in the shower. ''Showering uses the most hot water in the home and research shows most people spend around seven minutes in the shower,'' he said. ''Savings can easily be made by using a timer to reduce your shower time. In fact, if the average family took just two minutes off their daily showers they could save up to $100 a year. ''A hot water system makes up about one-third of the total energy use for an average home, costing up to $400 a year to run and emitting up to four tonnes of carbon emissions. ''It makes sense to reduce your hot water use to save money and to cut your carbon footprint and the good news is people are doing just that.'' He said research shows most households are already making an effort to reduce shower times, but more effort was needed. Other simple tips to save water is to install three-star rated, low-flow showerheads, fixing leaky hot water taps and to use cold water in the washing machine where possible. Details: www.energy.com.au/ efficiency or call 131 535. SHUTTER SPECIALISTS + LIFETIME WARRANTY + FREE QUOTES PH: 9868 5373 ONLY 2287630i hln wk1
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