When You Want Air Conditioning for Your Home

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There are many things to consider if you need to install an air conditioning system for your home. And, what you do now – picking out your unit and installing it – has huge implications on future maintenance headaches (or, if you do it right, lack of headaches). Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. The time that you buy your air conditioner matters: Your air conditioning unit keeps the summer heat at bay. It maintains your home’s good ambiance and makes it inviting to family and guests. It is then ideal to check on the state of your air conditioner and foresee the need to buy a new one. You can’t risk for it to conk out on you in the middle of summer. Summer is the most expensive time to buy a unit. Spring, on the other hand, is the best time. It is “rebate season” during spring so you can get a discount on a new and better air conditioner.
  2. Know what type of air conditioner is best for your home and budget: There are advantages and disadvantages in terms of energy efficiency, coverage, cost and space requirements, among others. So don’t just go to the store and buy the first thing that you lack. Plan ahead. Know what you need and where you’ll have room for an air conditioner. Take measurements if you must. Your options include window units, through the wall units, portable units and central air units.
  3. Of course, your brand of air conditioner matters too: Not all air conditioning units are created equal. Brands matter when it comes to installation requirements, reliability, longevity, cost, energy efficiency and maintenance needs. In fact, a major consideration is if the unit you choose will have spare parts available somewhere down the road.
  4. Make a checklist of the features that you need: Your air conditioning unit should at least have an adjustable thermostat, variable cooling and fan speeds, as well an energy saving option. Choose more than two cooling and fan speeds if you need a powerful aircon unit. An electrostatic filter is a nice feature to have. Newer models already have this as a standard feature.
  5. If you have a bigger room or house to cool, get an aircon unit with a bigger BTU/hour: BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. Typically, a small room needs an air conditioning unit that is at least 5,000 BTU/Hour.
  6. It is not only the size of the room that matters when deciding on your aircon’s BTU/Hour: You should also consider how the room is occupied; ie. if there are a lot of people traffic in the room and a lot of furniture. Also, the room’s insulation, and number/size of windows matter too.
  7. Choose an aircon unit with a higher EER: EER stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio. This lets you know how efficient the unit is. The higher the EER, the more efficient the cooling. This leads to less costs in the long run.

Lastly, it is always best to turn to experts when it comes to choosing, installing and maintaining your air conditioning system. It doesn’t matter how big your unit and your house is. It will save you time and effort, as well as future maintenance costs, if you let air conditioning and heating experts handle all the hard work. If you’re in Central Coast, NSW, turn to AirCCC Air Conditioning Services for all your air conditioning and heating needs.

Steiner Education: The Alternative Education Movement that Can Make a Difference for Your Child

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It has become a complicated world. In order to cope, your child needs more than what traditional educational systems can provide. Its concentration on mechanized instruction and memorization just isn’t enough. Your child needs to learn in an environment where their hidden potential is supported, and where they can develop understanding – not just the ability to rattle off random facts.

This is where the Steiner Education Movement comes in. The Steiner Education, also known as the Waldorf Education, is the biggest alternative education movement globally. It was founded in 1919, and has since garnered worldwide acceptance. Some European countries have even taken a step forward towards this alternative education by providing state funds to Rudolf Steiner schools and teacher training.

The core of this education movement is that for children to really learn, they need a form of education that equally focuses on the body, soul and spirit. This holistic approach ensures that children equip themselves with the tools that they need to thrive in current realities and become actualized adults.

To do this, children embark in a journey of discovery and self-discovery. This is done in three different stages, starting with early years and elementary school education to secondary school education.

During the early years, the focus is on practical and experiential activities. Children learn through exploring and doing, all within ‘creative play.’ Once they step into primary schooling, the focus shifts to social interaction and artistic expression. Analytic and creative thinking becomes norm. In secondary education, instruction hones critical understanding and idealism. The stress is on knowing and understanding but still allowing the imagination to explore possibilities. By this time, the academic, artistic and practical are integrated – where your child is expected to grow into a well rounded individual.

To know more about the Steiner Education Movement, contact the Central Coast Rudolf Steiner School. We will also be talking more about this in future posts. Check back in soon!

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