Many properties today can easily opt for different types of air conditioning systems for their rooms and spaces. Some of them may come in portable form factor, while others utilise split type air conditioning units. But one major type of air conditioning systems that can truly work well with a lot of properties and buildings is known as ducted refrigerated air conditioning systems.

Ducted refrigerated air conditioning systems can effectively provide adequate cooling solutions by utilising a network of ducts that are installed all over a property. The condenser, compressor, and air handling unit of these systems are typically installed in the basement, attic, or garage of a property. Alternatively, the systems’ ducts and vents all run through rooms and spaces so they can effectively distribute cool air.

Given the way ducted refrigerated air conditioning systems work, they can easily provide huge energy savings throughout the property. The following elements can significantly support their energy-efficiency as well as the reasons why you should opt for them.

Unified Ducts and Vents

Owners of large residential homes or commercial buildings can easily take advantage of ducted refrigerated air conditioning systems since their network of ducts and vents can be found anywhere. You see, ducts and vents of these systems are normally placed on the roof cavity, allowing them to run on every area of the property. And since the capabilities of these systems can be controlled, the number of areas that will be cooled can be restricted and regulated. Rooms that will be used can attain the needed cool air, while unoccupied rooms can be cut off from the cold air supply. The ability to select the rooms and spaces that will receive appropriate cooling is done through the zoning system.

Comprehensive Cooling

Another element that helps ducted refrigerated air conditioning systems to be energy-efficient is their ability to provide fast, powerful, and comprehensive cooling for huge spaces. Air conditioning systems that do not rely on ducts can take a long time just to cool a huge area. Those that utilise ducts and vents, alternatively, can easily cool huge spaces within a few minutes. With a touch of a button, ducted refrigerated air conditioning systems can cool specific rooms and areas without vising each of them and turning on wall units. The centralised thermostat can also make cooling so much easier as it can be adjusted to provide the preferred temperatures in every room of the property.

These two factors are the main reasons why ducted refrigerated air conditioning systems can be truly efficient in terms of energy consumption. Aside from their energy efficiency, these air conditioning systems can also offer a seamless appearance, less operating noise, and better value for money.

To know more about these air conditioning systems, you can contact us at Light-On Electrical. We are an electrical contractor and family-owned business with over 15 years of experience serving the Melbourne Metropolitan area. We can accomplish all types of electrical, air conditioning, and refrigeration needs for strata, commercial, industrial, and residential properties.

To maintain the safety of occupants and other people, authorities have come up with numerous standards and regulations that can guide property owners and other professionals in planning, designing, and constructing properties. One provision that authorities have come up with is the proper installation and maintenance of emergency and exit lighting.

Basic Principles of Emergency and Exit Lighting

Both emergency and exit lighting features lighting units and green exit signs that can guide occupants of a building whenever there are emergencies. These lighting fixtures have been known to be truly helpful in saving lives and minimising casualties as proven by different events throughout history.

To date, there are two types of emergency and exit lighting units that can be used in properties. The first type of emergency and exit lights is the maintained emergency lighting luminaire. This type of lighting luminaire is known to be active all the time, even in the middle of a power interruption. During a normal day, a maintained emergency lighting luminaire draws power from the main electric supply. Once an emergency occurs, this type of lighting luminaire will then take power from their back-up battery.

Another type of emergency and exit lighting units is the non-maintained lighting luminaire. A non-maintained lighting luminaire does not run all the time. However, it is designed to run and provide lighting whenever the main power supply cuts out. It ensures that all emergency exits and escape routes will be visible and are clearly lit, eliminating the need for other lighting sources.

Emergency lights must be installed around a building at regular intervals so they can illuminate all the paths that will lead to the exit points of a property. Exit signs, alternatively, must be installed directly above exit doors, at the top of staircases, and at any places that directs people towards the egress path. 

Primary Emergency and Exit Lighting Standards

Here in Australia, the primary standards for emergency evacuation lighting in buildings and properties are indicated under AS 2293.1-2005, AS 2293.2:1995, and AS 2293.3-2005. The AS 2293.1-2005 involves all the things that must be followed in designing, installing, and operating emergency and exit lighting. The AS 2293.2:1995, alternatively, focuses solely on the inspection and maintenance of emergency lighting units. Ultimately, the AS 2293.3-2005 is intended for all the things that revolve around emergency escape luminaires and exit signs.

Emergency and exit lighting units must be installed on buildings that are occupied primarily by employees, customers, or the public. Some of the places where these lighting units must be installed, inspected, and maintained all the time include offices, shopping centres, car parks, sporting venues, schools, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, industrial facilities, warehouses, and multi-residential buildings.

Property owners and managers must all comply with parts 1, 2, and 3 of AS 2293 to ensure the safety of all building occupants. Non-compliance with the said standards can result in a penalty. It can also cause injury to occupants and other people that are inside the property in case of emergencies.

To acquire services regarding emergency and exit lighting, just contact us at Light-On Electrical. We have a well-rounded team of knowledgeable individuals that have extensive experience and technical expertise in their line of work. We can deliver quality work on time and within your budget.