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At Equilibrium Air Conditioning we are a wholly Australian owned and operated premium provider of air conditioning and ventilation systems.

With a reputation for creative design and professional service, we are committed to developing innovative air conditioning and ventilation solutions to meet the ever-changing demands of the Australian Commercial market.

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Indoor air quality and air conditioning

You can’t see the quality of the air you’re breathing in, but it has the potential to significantly impact your health. Indoor air quality (IAQ) affects our health and comfort at home and at work.
What is indoor air quality (IAQ)?
 “The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) defines indoor air as air within a building occupied for at least one hour by people of varying states of health. This can include the office, classroom, transport facility, shopping centre, hospital and home. Indoor air quality can be defined as the totality of attributes of indoor air that affect a person’s health and well-being.”
 Indoor air quality is measured by; cleanliness of the air (presence or absence of dust, pollen etc.), humidity, temperature control and odour.
In the commercial space, it’s imperative that businesses have effective, energy efficient air-conditioning solutions that are clean and maintained. Most commercial premises have constant human traffic, so IAQ is just as important in the workplace as it is in a residential sense. Poor indoor air quality can negatively impact your health, your comfort levels and your power bills.
Air-conditioning does a lot more than pump out hot or cold air on demand. It also plays a major part in maintaining good IAQ.
What can be done to ensure your air-conditioning system is working efficiently and continually circulating clean air?
 Air-conditioner filters typically require changing at the beginning of both heating and cooling seasons. Quarterly is even better. This is a rather lengthy project when talking about commercial premises, which is why having your system professionally serviced at these intervals is best practice. A clean and full-service including the changing of older, clogged filters will allow the air-conditioner to continue to filter out dust pollen, spores and other airborne nuisances that are detrimental to human health.
Why is air-conditioning cleaning and maintenance so important for IAQ?
Changing the filter is important because dirty filters restrict airflow, forcing your system to work harder. This ultimately brings down the energy efficiency of the system, and increases your power bill. Not only that, but air circulation needs to remain constant for air quality to be maintained. Dirty filters are also known to overheat, causing permanent damage.
Another aspect of indoor air quality that air-conditioning helps to sustain is humidity. Air-conditioners are designed to reduce indoor humidity, which is a known contributor to the growth of mould. Mould is a major threat to IAQ as it can cause substantial health problems.
Health problems that are commonly associated with poor indoor air quality, according to The Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, include:

Sensory and skin irritation(skin, eyes and throat)
Neurotoxic symptoms (such as; weakness, paralysis, flu-like symptoms, headache, vision loss, memory problems, impaired cognitive function, depression, loss of circulation, imbalance, behavioural problems and OCD)
Hypersensitivity
Odour and taste symptoms

Provided your commercial air-conditioning system is well maintained, clean, and continues to filter the air properly, it should last a long time. Regular cleaning and maintenance will prolong the life of the unit, increase energy efficiency, and sustain good indoor air quality. This will benefit your staff, clients and your bottom line.
For all enquiries on engineered air-conditioning solutions, commercial system maintenance and servicing, or the importance of maintaining indoor air quality, please contact our knowledgeable team at Equilibrium Air Conditioning on (02) 9439 4822 or email- [email protected]
 


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Red alert – signs the AC system is in need of maintenance

Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. In a country like Australia, that means commercial air-conditioners everywhere are gearing up for some hefty work over the hot season. Cooling large business premises is no easy feat, even though that is what they’re designed to do. In order to ensure best performance, it’s important to have your system regularly maintained and serviced. Of course, there are still emergencies or unexpected issues from time-to-time.
When it comes to HVAC systems, the sooner you address any problems or issues, the better the outcome will be. As problems are left to become progressively worse, the time and money required to fix them increases.
Here are some of the signs you’ll see if your air-conditioning is crying out for some help:
You’ve set the thermostat to cool air, but it’s blowing hot
 When cool air is no longer cool, that is a problem. This can be a sign that the indicator system’s compressor has crashed or requires service, or it could mean there is a faulty capacitor, or a blown fuse.  Refrigerant leaks are also an option. If your system starts blowing hot air when you have it set to cool, call for expert help sooner rather than later!
Leaking or excess moisture
If liquid is escaping from the unit, or around the unit, the two main causes are typically; a blocked or broken drain tube or a refrigerant leak. The first option is less serious, though both will require professional repair. This is another sign you should never ignore, call for help right away.
Consistent, unusual noises
 Whether it’s squeaking, grinding or grating, if your HVAC system starts making noises that are unfamiliar, address the problem straight away. This is a loud warning sign and usually means the problem is significant. A belt may have slipped out of place, motor bearings could be broken or some of the HVAC components may urgently require lubrication. Don’t delay on this one, it could be serious, get the professionals in ASAP.
The airflow is minimal
If the air-conditioning is on, but not much air is circulating through, this could be a sign of obstruction, or a problem with the filter. It could also be caused by an issue with the ductwork. Call maintenance when you notice any decrease in the air flow and have the cause diagnosed and corrected swiftly.
It doesn’t smell right
 Bad odours coming from your HVAC system is never a good sign. This commonly happens when systems aren’t regularly maintained and serviced. Bacteria can grow in the coils and in other elements of the system. Even a musty smell could be a sign of mould in the ductwork or the unit itself. Don’t let this sign fester either, call for help promptly.
Commercial HVAC systems are engineered with heavy use and longevity in mind. With regular maintenance and servicing, they should operate at peak efficiency for many years. However, if you do come across any issues, such as the warning signs discussed above, the best thing to do is call for help quickly. This will limit the damage, and get your system running smoothly again faster. It will also save you time and money.
At Equilibrium Air Conditioning, we provide complete air conditioning solutions to suit any type of development, whether it’s commercial office space, healthcare, education, retail or industrial construct. We also offer maintenance and repair services. If you have any questions regarding commercial air-conditioning, including the signs that your existing system may be in trouble, give our friendly team a call on (02) 9439 4822.
 


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Equilibrium excited to be part of topping ceremony for SHOR project

Back in September this year we attended the topping ceremony for the Multiplex SHOR construction project for NSW Health. We were very excited to be part of the celebrations, and thrilled to have hit a huge milestone on the project. It is great to see that it’s moving on target.
It’s a privilege to be part of this big project, involving the construction of a 12 storey commercial building at the Royal North Shore Hospital in St. Leonards. The ongoing redevelopment efforts are part of the biggest in NSW Health history.
Some quick facts about the Royal North Shore Hospital:

It was established in 1885
RNSH is a major teaching hospital
Approximately 3,000 babies are born annually at RNSH
It is one-of-seven major trauma centres in NSW
RNSH meets the health needs of four local government areas, Mosman, Willoughby, Lane Cove and North Sydney.


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