Hey Matt and Pat here!
February is usually hot and humid in Sydney so in this newsletter, we’ll give you some info on Ku-ring-gai Council’s pool pump rebates and the hottest (or maybe we should say the coolest) developments in ceiling fans for your home. We love aircon but we are huge fans of ceiling fans. Hope you enjoy.
Matt Cox & Pat Dobbs
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Have a swimming pool that uses an old pump? Read on
If you have a swimming pool with an old pump, Ku-ring-gai Council is offering a $250 Energy Smart Pool Pump Rebate. To qualify, you must be a resident of Ku-ring-gai Council’s local government area who is upgrading your existing pool pump to a more energy efficient option. There are some conditions so click here to learn more.
Install ceiling fans to help your aircon work better!
Even if you have reverse cycle air conditioning, ceiling fans are great to incorporate into your heating and cooling options. But these days, choosing a ceiling fan means more than selecting the design and size. You now have the choice of selecting AC or DC ceiling fans. But what does this mean for you and your home?
What is a DC ceiling fan?
DC ceiling fans are relatively new to the Australian market so if you already have a ceiling fan, it is probably an AC fan. The DC and AC refers to the type of power they use. Like most household appliances, AC ceiling fans are connected to your household power source. Whereas DC fans use a transformer to convert your household power into DC (or Direct Current) power.
To make the blades rotate, DC fan motors use a system of magnets but you won’t see them on the fan. In case you are wondering, DC ceiling fans cannot be directly connected to DC power sources like solar panels or batteries.
Why consider installing a DC ceiling fan?
There are a few benefits to choosing a DC ceiling fan instead of an AC ceiling fan. They are:
- DC ceiling fans are extremely quiet so they offer a great option for bedrooms or home cinema rooms.
- DC ceiling fans offer more speed options which can be great for people who are sensitive to breezy airflow. Study or home office areas, where papers could go flying when the fan is on, could also benefit from the variable speed options DC fans offer.
- The reverse function, which is great in winter to pull the warm air from the ceiling, can be controlled by the remote on a DC fan. That means there’s no more climbing the ladder to adjust your fan blade direction.
- DC ceiling fans are faster to start, stop and change speed.
- A DC ceiling fan motor is usually more compact and lighter than AC ceiling fans which could be great for modern houses, apartments or homes where ceilings are low.
- In most cases, DC ceiling fans use up to 70% less energy than AC ceiling fans so they will cost less to run. However this difference is only slight because of the efficiency of most AC fans.
When should you choose AC ceiling fans?
There is nothing wrong with choosing AC ceiling fans. In fact, they are cheaper than DC fans and because they are very energy efficient, the additional cost of a DC fan won’t really be seen in your energy bills. However, the price difference could reduce as more DC fans come onto the market.
How do you know which style of ceiling fan to choose?
Ultimately, the best fan for your home is the one that suits your décor, the size of your room and any installation barriers you may have. We are happy to provide advice before you buy to ensure you purchase a ceiling fan that will work in your home. Once you have made your selection, we’ll come out to install it for you.
We always follow the current COVID safety protocols but our attention to cleanliness goes even further. When visiting your home, we’ll wear shoe booties to ensure we keep your home clean and we never leave any mess behind for you to deal with.