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Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Improper AC Maintenance Can Lead to Home Fires

Improper AC Maintenance Can Lead to Home FiresGeneral Department of Forensic Science and Criminology fire investigation officers in Dubai affirmed that one of the main causes of house fires is improper maintenance of air conditioning systems.

According to Mohammad Ahmad Abu Itta, an expert, “the main reason for AC fires is that there are unsafe manual connections between the AC unit and the main power source feeding the AC.”

He also cited an example of a fire being caused by the malfunction of the AC unit, “The cables from the house’s electric source is made of copper and the extension from outside the house to the AC is made of aluminium.

Abu Itta recommends having proper maintenance of the AC and advised turning it off while the room is empty.

More words from the AC expert after the jump.

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Air-Conditioning and Heat Maintenance Now Made Easy

Karie Fay wrote some good tips for Central Air-Conditioning and Heat Maintenance Made Easy where she said that “Cooling in the summer was unheard of, unless you plunged into the river like Huckleberry Finn or could afford servants standing around fanning you like a member of royalty and in contrast today, we have it easy. That is, it’s so easy that your heating and cooling system is often overlooked – almost an afterthought – until suddenly the furnace doesn’t heat or the cold air doesn’t blow.”

One of the most important tips she mentioned is to change filters at least twice a year or as often as needed. That is because sometimes most air conditioners would not work properly because of this, and checking it often will save us a tremendous amount of money.

For more tips, go here.

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Leak Detection Solutions Provided by Toshiba

Toshiba Carrier UK Limited stated that it has developed a new approach to detecting leaks in an air conditioning system. It said that it is the only refrigerant leak detection system that offers full automatic pump down, to deliver the ultimate fail-safe condition in the event of a leak.

It could also monitor sudden major loss of charge,  and low level leaks that might otherwise be missed, but could have a significant impact on charge levels and performance over time.

“Our systems are designed from the ground up to minimize and, wherever possible, eliminate the potential for refrigerant loss.The quality of our products and manufacturing processes are second to none, and if installation is carried out correctly there is no reason to expect leakage during normal operation.” said David Dunn Toshiba Air Conditioning’s UK commercial director.

More info here.

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Wal-Mart Facing Suit From Woman Who Suffered Accident Within Its Premises

A fateful incident happened last August 4, 2012 – when Rhonda Laughlin went shopping at the Wal-Mart located in Lumberton. According to her, the liquid on the floor was dripping from the store’s air conditioning unit and she claims she slipped in a puddle on the floor and fell.

She filed a suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for negligence in failing to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition, failing to inspect the premises to discover latent defects, and for failing to give adequate warning of any dangers and she was also asking for an award of damages for medical expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity, physical impairment, physical pain, mental anguish, interest and court costs.

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Comfortable Rooms for Students Require Air Conditioners

Having an air conditioned classroom will help students concentrate in class, it also helps circulate filtered air inside the room or office. This air is free from dust and dirt particles, smoke, microorganisms, bacteria etc.,  so the good health of the students can be assured.

But as research shows, there was still a metro high school that isn’t air conditioned and editorial board noted that it double-checked in disbelief.

It is so hard for most of the teachers and students to teach and learn when the temperature rises to 90 degrees. One of the teachers said that “it is impossible to have students master complex subjects like checks and balances, separation of powers and federalism when there are only three fans blowing the same hot, humid air.”

Read here for more.

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Alarming Air Quality Issues

Energy consumption is getting high during the hot season, especially for those businesses that have an inevitably high need to power air conditioners. So, as temperatures rise so do our energy usage and air pollution.

There are actually some communities whose people are forced to breathe dirty and contaminated air. This is usually true for communities that are near fossil fuel – pollution generating power plants. It has been said that their air quality is worse than the national average for both ozone and particulate matter levels.

Check here to find the list of communities.

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