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The cost of achieving indoor air quality – can we afford it, or will we pay the price for ignoring it?

The Australian government is shining the spotlight on indoor air quality, pledging to make the issue a priority over the coming year. Its Clean Air Forum held in Canberra in March, saw a think tank of experts explore the profound impacts of clean indoor air on our health and productivity. Some...

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What does the future hold for commercial HVAC?

Imagine a commercial HVAC system that intuitively manages interior temperatures and humidity levels, is powered by renewables to reduce energy costs and is designed to deliver the highest standard of air quality to mitigate the spread of airborne contaminants. These are the sorts of technological advancements that are helping to turn...

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Workplace Air

Is an invisible cocktail of dangerous toxins making you feel sick at work?

Every day that Kerry* spent at work ended with a pounding headache, a dizzy spell or feeling nauseous. Initially, the health care worker attributed the symptoms to dust being spread by minor construction work nearby. But when the debilitating symptoms failed to subside, Ausmech Air was commissioned to carry out...

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Is your commercial HVAC electricity bill soaring? Poor maintenance could be to blame

What’s the easiest way to significantly reduce electricity consumption from commercial air conditioning equipment? For businesses focussed on the bottom line and also conscious of the impacts of climate change, a study has spotlighted the most common faults that drive up electricity use and operating costs. But before we discover what those...

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How much is poor air quality costing your business?

How many times have you felt sluggish at work? Or blamed pollen for triggering pesky cold-like symptoms. Did you ever think the C02 levels in the office could be the cause? The quality of the air we breathe can impact our health and well-being – so is it time we shifted...

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How HVAC engineers are helping hospitals prepare for the next pandemic

We’re still grappling with the impacts of Covid-19 which makes it hard to believe we’re already preparing for the next pandemic. And because our health systems have been a key focus since the pandemic swept the world, future planning includes examining how we fortify our hospitals for a future event. Engineers...

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Need a reliable HVAC contractor for your commercial building? Here’s what you need to look for

Commercial building owners would agree: the failure of a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system can be devastating. Whether you’ve been hit be a HVAC emergency, you need a new system installed or you’re looking for a reliable preventative maintenance provider to circumvent a system failure, you need a...

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How your workplace can benefit from an HVAC air purifier

If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that clean, fresh air is critical in the fight against the spread of airborne viruses. The pandemic shined a spotlight on indoor air quality, with a particular concern for the safety of people working in confined indoor spaces. Which likely explains why air...

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Can the air con make you sick? How often should you change the filter? We answer your commercial HVAC questions

Noticed you’ve been feeling a little headachy while at work? And, come to think of it, that musty old smell permeating the air surely isn’t good for you, right? If you’re wondering how much the air conditioner has to do with the way you feel, or you’re not sold on...

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Why Australia’s skills shortage is an opportunity for a career in HVAC

What do you make of all this talk of a skills shortage crisis crippling the nation? Businesses are reporting difficulties filling skilled labour gaps – a problem exacerbated since the commencement of the pandemic and, in part, also due to a lack of skilled migration and a steady decline...

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Legionnaires disease outbreak a timely reminder of the importance of proper air conditioning maintenance

Legionnaires’ disease is back on the radar after a recent spate of cases in Sydney. And while the source of infection has yet to be revealed, the spotlight is being shone on cooling towers after defects were found in six. The outbreak is a timely reminder of the consequences of...

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You had one job! HVAC fails that will make you laugh (and cringe)

When you’ve been working in the HVAC industry for as long as we have, you’re bound to come across some cracking – some might even describe as epic – fails. From units installed upside down to an unwanted animal intruder in a switchboard, some on-the-job mishaps are so ludicrous you can’t...

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How 3D printing technology can put an end to the office air con wars

It’s an argument that has played out in almost every workplace: the air conditioning is either too hot or too cold. Thermal discomfort commonly tops the list of complaints by workers. In commercial buildings, air conditioning issues feature in the top three complaints by tenants. But a new innovation might just...

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Can we develop resilient buildings to protect against climate change? The experts say we can – and we must

Have you noticed the word ‘resilience’ has become a buzz word of late? It means bouncing back from difficult events and with so much happening – drought, bushfires, floods, and a global pandemic – the term aptly reflects our rapidly changing experiences. You’re about to hear the word resilience some more....

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New HVAC Technology Could Put An End To Energy Bill Shock

What you’re about to read won’t come as a surprise: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are energy guzzlers. Sure, you’ve heard it before. You probably even remember reeling from bill shock yourself. Not to mention that the impact on the environment is equally dire. The harder a HVAC...

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The rise and rise of air purifiers: why they have become so popular

If recent history is anything to go by, our indoor air quality is fundamental. Before the spread of airborne diseases dominated news headlines, there was another hazardous health crisis that captured our attention. The bushfire crisis. Whether it was to keep the smoke at bay or to remove the Covid...

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Ever wondered if a hospital HVAC system can make you sick?

If the rapid rise of Covid-19 cases globally has taught us anything, it’s that the virus can be transmitted by aerosol. We now know we can become infected after being exposed to aerosol droplets exhaled by an infected person. But can infected aerosols also be distributed by Heating, Ventilation, and...

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Energy efficient HVACs: better for your wallet and the planet

If the heatwave we endured at the start of this year is but a distant memory, here’s a reminder. We broke temperature records while sweltering through our hottest spell in years. And with that came an increased demand for air conditioning. It’s a little ironic when you think about it:...

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Why proper ventilation is the key to a safe return of students to the Covid classroom

Do you wonder how clean the air that children breathe in classrooms is? The answer could raise the anxiety levels of parents across the state as students prepare to return to face-to-face learning. And rightly so, because if there is one thing that can bring the long awaited return to...

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