Tips for Evaporative coolers

Get Your Evaporative Cooling System Ready For The Summer Ahead.

WHAT COOLING SYSTEMS ARE VICTORIANS CHOOSING THIS SUMMER:

Victoria’s choice in cooling systems have become the ducted evaporative coolers as they can generally provide adequate cooling to the entire household. A popular choice for cooling smaller rooms and for providing spot cooling, Victorians seem to be going with window mounted and portable evaporative coolers.

HOW DOES AN EVAPORATIVE COOLER WORK?:

An Evaporative cooler works by drawing in the warm outside air via water filter pads. These pads are supplied with water found in a tank at the bottom on the unit. The water from these pads evaporates, drawing heat from the air and humidifies it. This air is now cooled and moist and is blown through out the home or space.

COST OF RUNNING AN EVAPORATIVE COOLING UNIT:

Both electricity and water are required to run an evaporative cooling unit. Approximate maximum hourly running costs for how much electricity it may use are provided below, however actual costs will depend on the cooling capacity of the unit and the fan speed that it is being run on.

  • portable units cost 2 to 3 cents per hour
  • window/wall-mounted units cost  6 to 7 cents per hour
  • ducted units (medium size) cost 12 to 28 cents per hour.

WATER CONSUMPTION FOR YOUR EVAPORATIVE COOLING UNIT:

The amount of water used is dependable on the amount of humidity that day and the fan speed that you have set your unit to. A portable unit may use up to approximately 4 litres an hour in comparison to a central system which can use up to 25 litres an hour.

A ducted evaporative cooler has to refresh its supply of water in order to ensure it doesn’t become too salty, so there are a range of water management systems being uses depending on the model you have got. Therefore we suggest that prior to purchasing a unit you ask about the water management system used and what it typically uses in water consumption per hour.

A range of water management systems are used by different brands/models. If you are purchasing a ducted evaporative cooler, ask about the water management system used and what the typical hourly water consumption is likely to be in your area.

WHAT SIZE EVAPORATIVE COOLER IS BEST FOR YOUR HOME?:

Different sized evaporative coolers are suited to different areas depending on the amount of airflow and the volume of the area which you are wanting to be cooled. The best thing for you to do prior to purchasing a unit is to seek an accurate sizing quote from either an installer or from your local retailer. They are trained to best consider your local humidity levels along with the size of your home or space.

TIPS FOR OPERATING AN EVAPORTIVE COOLER

  • Make sure all windows and doors are being kept open in rooms that are being cooled and ensure the opening is big enough to allow air to flow outside with ease. The effect of cooling will be reduced if there is insufficient openings and may put extra pressure on the fan.
  • Reduce heat gain by opening windows and doors on the opposite side of the house to the hot prevailing winds where possible
  • For units that have a timer, set it to switch off the system when cooling is not required for example in the early morning.
  • On days of high humidity, turn off the water supply to the cooler and run the fan only – this can also be quite effective on still humid evenings if the outside air has cooled down

If you have an questions or are interested in a quote please contact beOnd Plumbing on 1300 599 552.

 

 

 

Damian fro beOnd volunteers at local Early Childhood Centre

beOnd Plumbing Volunteers At Goodstart Early Learning Centre to Promote Sustainability!

On the 11th of August Damian from beOnd Plumbing along with Ross from T & T Developments volunteered their time to visit the kinder possums of Goodstart Bundoora Karl Court for a morning of creative and sustainable construction.

Damian and Ross collected scrap materials from their work to build creations suggested by the kinder children. They used PVC pipes, ducts and PVC fittings to make a “Transformer/Robot/Superman” as well as a large castle for the kids to play in. The children got to use tools such as a saw, tape measure and snips to manipulate the materials and hold them together.

Damian discussed what materials he was using, the different shapes and the difference textures of each. The children initiated some great conversations about what they were doing and what they could see and asked many questions about this experience. Ross and Damian were fantastic at explaining the process as they went along as well as getting the children involved in each step along the way.

This activity got the children actively using cognitive skills, fine motor skills, concentration, manipulation and construction. The kinder children at Goodstart Bundoora Karl Court are very proud of their sustainable practices and are constantly finding ways to turn trash into treasure just as they did on this occasion.

The children and the team at Goodstart Bundoora Karl Court were very grateful to Damian and Ross for their efforts and the children are over the moon at the new additions to their room. Damian said “the looks on the kids faces was the best part. Its something i’d love to do again soon”. Such a wonderful morning it was and a fantastic way to give back to the community.

 

dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia Leading The Way

Plumber Damian De Vincentis hopes to prevent poisoning with Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia

A SOUTH Morang plumber is on a mission to help Whittlesea and Diamond Valley residents eradicate a potentially “silent killer” in their homes.

Damian De Vincentis knows only too well the risks to people’s health from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Mr De Vincentis established Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia three years ago following his experience with a faulty heater which was leaking carbon monoxide into the air at the property he was staying in with his now wife while on a working holiday in the UK.

“Day after day I would be constantly tired and have a severe headache,” Mr De Vincentis said.

“I would go to work feeling fine, arrive home and then become fatigued and struggle to do anything.

“Luckily for me, the law in the UK requires that any works to gas appliances require testing for carbon monoxide, so when we called in a plumber to fix the heater, he tested the air and told me, a few more days and we could have died in our sleep.”

Mr De Vincentis has joined the public campaign to prevent more carbon monoxide-related deaths through the Chase and Tyler Foundation, which was set up following the deaths of Victorian brothers Chase, 8, and Tyler, 6, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning from their unserviced gas heater in their rental home in 2010. The first week of May is now dedicated to Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week to raise awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide cannot be seen, felt, smelt or touched and hospitalises more than 364 people each year across Australia.

Mr De Vincentis said he was shocked to see the number of new and old heaters that were emitting dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. “It’s not just old heaters as any heating appliance has the potential to produce carbon monoxide,” he said.

“At the moment there is a lot of complacency out there when it comes to gas appliances.

“There are simple things that homeowners can do to reduce their risks this winter and carbon monoxide poisoning is something that can be prevented

“I can’t stand by and let more parents and children be hospitalised each year when carbon monoxide poisoning can be avoided.”

Anyone with concerns about gas appliances can phone Carbon Monoxide Testing Australia on 1300 599 529.

Wet Wipes Costing Sydney Water $8m In Clean-Up Annually!

Wet Wipes Costing Sydney Water $8m In Clean-Up Annually!

Despite convenience, wet wipes are costing Sydney Water $8 million a year in clean-up costs.

Although some products being marketed as flushable, Sydney Water’s Peter Hadfield said they were “anything but”.

“They get past the s-bend [of the toilet], but they don’t break down and we’re taking out 500 tonnes of wipes from the system a year,” he said.

“It seems to be a growing trend.”

The wipes can combine with fats, oils and other debris to create giant blockages, or ‘fatbergs’ in the sewer.

Every year, 500 tonnes of wet wipes are removed from the Sydney Water network.

Nick Fogarty from the Cronulla waste water treatment plant has the task of clearing thousands of wipes from the sewerage system every day.

He said some people had little regard for the problems the wipes were creating for his team.

“People think we’re pretty much invisible. They flush the toilet and [the wipes are] gone. We’re not invisible, we have to deal with it so … stop it!” he said.

Sydney Water said the wipes were also affecting household pipes, with one customer recently forking out $16,000 to repair damage caused by a major blockage.

Mr Hadfield said customers should ignore the claims on packaging and dispose of all wipes in the bin.

“We have a saying … the only things that should go down the toilet are the three Ps; pee, paper and poo,” he said.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently investigating the use of the term flushable in the marketing of certain products.

The Food and Grocery Council, which represents manufacturers, said it supported measures to educate consumers.

“A number of member companies are already providing a range of information including on-pack labeling and online communications to inform consumers as to the correct use of their products,” a spokesman said.

Melbourne too are experiencing very similar problems creating unnecessary jobs for plumbers and costing home owners a lot of money.

For more advice and in the event that you may experience a blockage or other plumbing issues in Melbourne please call the beOnd Plumbing team on 1300 599 529.

Myths Surrounding “DIY” Home Plumbing

Myths Surrounding “DIY” Home Plumbing

You’d be surprised how many plumbing myths exist and more importantly how many people actually still believe are true. Here are some of the popular ones that still circulate, but remember when in doubt call beOnd Plumbing for expert advice.

Myth: Clean your taps and plumbing fixtures with soap
Although it is easy to use the soap available in our bathrooms to clean our plumbing fixtures its also important not to. In some instances soap can actually be harmful to the material and surfaces. Here are some simple tips for effecting cleaning:

• Toilet bowls – should be cleaned with an effective disinfectant to kill germs and prevent infection.
• Sinks – should also be cleaned with a strong disinfectant to keep them free of germs.
• Taps and brass plumbing fixtures – should be polished with a gentle solution such as lemon and baking soda.

Myth: Using Lemons when cleaning your garbage disposal
Most people are under the impression that a drain is clean if it smells clean. Well they are mistaken. Using lemons to clean the garbage disposal will leave a fresh citrus scent however the most effective method would be the combination of soap, warm water and a brush. Also always remember to disconnect the garbage disposal from its power source prior to cleaning it.

Myth: The tighter you turn the faucet handle, the less it will leak
There is a misconception that the harder you tighten your faucet handles whether it be sink taps, bath taps, garden taps and other tap ware, the less likely they are to leak. This is incorrect and in fact can cause damage and increase the likelihood of a leakage to occur in the future.

Myth: It is OK dispose of wet wipes down the toilet
Wet wipes are not bio-degradable like toilet paper and will cause a blockage in your toilet in the long terms as they pile up and clog the drainage system. This kind of blockage is one of the main reasons a plumber will be called out to under block a toilet.
So although a wet wipe will flush down the toilet it isn’t a good idea as it may cause damage to both your and your city’s plumbing fixtures.

Myth: Plumbing fixtures are self maintaining –
This myth can become the most costly to you so here are the facts. It is important as a home owner to routinely inspect and maintain your sinks, toilets, faucets and pipes to ensure drains are clog free and there is no viable damage as the notion that your home plumbing system is self maintaining is incorrect. Prevention is the key, don’t wait for things to be problem.

Myth: When you have a blockage – just use a plunger
The first thing to consider when you have a blockage is what may have caused it. Plumbers often find all kinds of things that have made there way down the toilet such as toys and other small objects. And one big mistake plumbers find is that someone has tried to plunge them out creating greater blockage and causing the item to be pushed further into the pipe. A good tip would be to use a wire hook and to try to hook it out first.

Myth: The drain is working perfectly if the water is being drained quickly and efficiently
This is a myth. Blockages don’t just happen over night, they are caused from a long term build up inside the pipes over some time. Prevention being the key, it is suggested that you maintain your pipes by routinely using a anti-blockage chemical and a drain filter. This will help to ensure that non-perishable items do not go down the down and cause you a blockage.

Myth: All plumbers are the same
One plumber is the same as the next as we are all different. Plumbers have different accreditation, years of experience and level of knowledge and it is important and beneficial to you and your future that you take the time to select the right plumber. A professional plumber who you can trust, who you can call at any time and will provide you will the best advice will leave you with few plumbing issuing in the future. I’m sure you’ve heard of saying “you get what you pay for”, well in this instance it seems to be true when comparing plumbers. At beOnd Plumbing we pride ourselves on our level of professionalism, our honesty, knowledge and commitment towards our work and our clients. We are qualified and registered professionals who continue to improve on our professional development and maintain up to date education and knowledge in the field in order to keep us ahead of the rest.

 

So there it is, a few of the main plumbing myths. As you can see it is important to have a plumber to ensure you are not paying for services you don’t need to out of neglect or ignorance. If you find yourself having plumbing issues please feel free to call us and we can arrange to have one of our professional plumbers and technicians out to evaluate your situation as quickly and as efficiently as possible.