Heating & cooling

keyboard_arrow_upJohnson Controls’ YMAA chillers and YMPA heat pumps ramp up the competition in the entry-level chiller segment
keyboard_arrow_downJohnson Controls’ YMAA chillers and YMPA heat pumps ramp up the competition in the entry-level chiller segment

The high price tag of even entry-level chillers has made this market segment very competitive. Johnson Controls’ Amichi Series of Chillers and Heat Pumps, introduced to the South African market just six months ago, offers a high value option, featuring a technology stack and performance that is hard to beat.

keyboard_arrow_upClassroom air quality – are students being let down?
keyboard_arrow_downClassroom air quality – are students being let down?

By: Dr Chris Iddon – Environment Design Manager – SE Controls We’ve all sat in lecture theatres; classrooms or meeting rooms and begun to feel drowsy. Yet in almost every case, this effect has nothing to do with the subject matter being taught or discussed but is a direct consequence of the gradual build up […]

keyboard_arrow_upRose gold range of fans plays nicely with the latest trends
keyboard_arrow_downRose gold range of fans plays nicely with the latest trends

Over the last few months it seems as if everybody has become obsessed with rose gold, and with good reason. This colour creates a basic balance between extravagance and style, and the colour tone seems to complement everything!

keyboard_arrow_upChill out with Maxiflex at FRIGAIR 2018
keyboard_arrow_downChill out with Maxiflex at FRIGAIR 2018

Frigair 2018 takes place in June and Maxiflex will be showcasing its door solutions which are specifically designed for cold rooms, cold storage and logistics. Maxiflex will showcase high-speed freezer doors as well as insulated sectional doors from the ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems product portfolio at the exhibition.

keyboard_arrow_upJohnson Controls YMAA chillers and YMPA heat pumps – tailor made for the mid-capacity segment
keyboard_arrow_downJohnson Controls YMAA chillers and YMPA heat pumps – tailor made for the mid-capacity segment

Johnson Controls has launched its Amichi Series of Chillers and Heat Pumps into the South African market. With capacities of 45kW up to 260kW it’s the perfect fit for the local mid capacity segment – it marries the price benefit of a scroll chiller with the increased control a direct current (DC) inverter offers for […]

keyboard_arrow_upJohnson Controls celebrates 50 years in South Africa with exciting new products
keyboard_arrow_downJohnson Controls celebrates 50 years in South Africa with exciting new products

Johnson Controls, a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader, is celebrating 50 years in South Africa, creating intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation air conditioning systems.

keyboard_arrow_upAlso a powerful partner in the world of air conditioning: Bosch
keyboard_arrow_downAlso a powerful partner in the world of air conditioning: Bosch

Bosch is now offering not only heating, hot water and ventilation solutions, but also VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) systems for efficient air conditioning in commercial buildings.

keyboard_arrow_upKwikot’s new Superline electric geyser
keyboard_arrow_downKwikot’s new Superline electric geyser

Did you know that the geyser accounts for as much as 40% of a home’s monthly electricity bill?

keyboard_arrow_upDomestic hot water comfort with Bosch
keyboard_arrow_downDomestic hot water comfort with Bosch

Bosch, the inventors of continuous-flow gas hot water systems, offer high-quality, high-efficiency hot water systems for South African homes and businesses. 

keyboard_arrow_up5 of the best uses for your fan
keyboard_arrow_down5 of the best uses for your fan

If you think fans are ineffective and expensive to use, think again! Fans are a great way to cool down and get the air in your home moving.

keyboard_arrow_upGet connected – your chiller just got more life (support)!
keyboard_arrow_downGet connected – your chiller just got more life (support)!

With Connected Maintenance, Johnson Controls brings a very practical Internet of Things (IoT) solution to its clients — providing the kind of connectivity to high-end chillers in South Africa that will extend their lifespans … and save owners a whole lot of maintenance downtime and costs. Need a bigger incentive to test this solution? Getting connected won’t cost you a thing!

keyboard_arrow_upOpinion Piece: Residential light commercial HVAC segment in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downOpinion Piece: Residential light commercial HVAC segment in South Africa

The residential light commercial (RLC) segment of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market is growing fast in South Africa. With the electricity crises easing off, RLC solutions are an increasingly attractive option – they are affordable, easy to install and deliver surprisingly long-term cost and eco benefits. This segment is prompting more homeowners and small and medium businesses to invest.

keyboard_arrow_up“My hotel’s heat pump paid for itself in just over two months!”
keyboard_arrow_down“My hotel’s heat pump paid for itself in just over two months!”

Located in the Johannesburg inner-city suburb of the same name and just up the hill from the Ellis Park stadium, the Troyeville Hotel remains something of a legend with a loyal following across Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upMid-winter special on Pioneer Floor Heating
keyboard_arrow_downMid-winter special on Pioneer Floor Heating

Pioneer Floor Heating offers a solution to keep the cold at bay: its electrical under floor heating is designed not just to heat up the floor, but to heat the air temperature in the room as well. Pioneer offers a quality system that uses radiant heating and provides the most economical solution available when it comes to electrical heating.

keyboard_arrow_upSamsung Electronics pushes air conditioning technology forward
keyboard_arrow_downSamsung Electronics pushes air conditioning technology forward

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. unveiled its latest innovations in Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) engineering during a roadshow which started in Cape Town, on the 8 March, 2016, followed by a roadshow in Zimbali, KwaZulu-Natal on 11 March 2016 and an event at Montecasino, Johannesburg on 16 March 2016.

keyboard_arrow_upWhat is water under floor heating?
keyboard_arrow_downWhat is water under floor heating?

A water-based under floor heating system is a series of interconnected pipes that circulate warm water throughout the floor to heat up the space. Pipes can be connected to a boiler or a solar water heating system. The water temperature to the heating pipe is controlled by mixing the water in the pipe with hot water from the boiler to achieve the required temperature; this is then passed to a manifold for distribution to the various zones.

keyboard_arrow_upHarnessing the power of the ocean to heat and cool buildings
keyboard_arrow_downHarnessing the power of the ocean to heat and cool buildings

The V&A Waterfront’s Silo District is recognised as one of the most advanced and environmentally-friendly developments in Africa, as the completed No 1 and No 2 Silo developments use the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the surrounding harbour to provide cooling and heating to the R2.5-billion project, which is due for completion in 2017 once an additional four silo developments are fully-operational.

keyboard_arrow_upCost of water heating at old age home expected to drop by 66%
keyboard_arrow_downCost of water heating at old age home expected to drop by 66%

ThermoWise, specialists in energy saving systems, recently completed the installation of 13 air-to-water heat pumps at the Zibambeleni old age home in Durban, to optimise electricity savings at the establishment.

keyboard_arrow_upFive reasons to install a ceiling fan in every room
keyboard_arrow_downFive reasons to install a ceiling fan in every room

Ceiling fans deliver powerful environmental effects for every room. They’re decorating essentials too, helping to complete the look of a room. If you haven’t considered specifying ceiling fans in a while, Solent Trading has five reasons for you to consider.

keyboard_arrow_upGood looks and functionality combine in the Apex SR 9000
keyboard_arrow_downGood looks and functionality combine in the Apex SR 9000

It is important that traffic doors combine functionality with longevity. In areas where the movement of pedestrians and goods is particularly high, consideration to the durability of the door needs to be balanced with its ability to provide an unhindered flow of traffic.

keyboard_arrow_upYork delivers improved efficiency with the YMC2
keyboard_arrow_downYork delivers improved efficiency with the YMC2

The upgraded water-cooled magnetic centrifugal chiller, introduced by York, with a capacity from 755 to 1355kW is suitable for very large applications. By way of example there are currently nine installed at FNB headquarters in Johannesburg. Responsible for delivering improved efficiency of between 3.5 and 5% is the incorporation of a new variable speed drive (VSD).

keyboard_arrow_upEnergy efficient bulk water heating systems
keyboard_arrow_downEnergy efficient bulk water heating systems

ThermoWise designs, manufactures and installs horizontal and vertical calorifiers, engineered to deliver hot water safely and economically in diverse sectors.

keyboard_arrow_upGreen water-heating solutions now an imperative
keyboard_arrow_downGreen water-heating solutions now an imperative

Choosing the right technology and installer is essential if one is to realise the potential savings on electricity and reduce environmental impact.

keyboard_arrow_upLG Electronics South Africa Air Conditioning Academy
keyboard_arrow_downLG Electronics South Africa Air Conditioning Academy

The LG Electronics South Africa Academy (LGESA) is a dedicated, high tech, training and skills development facility, with centers in three major cities, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. 

keyboard_arrow_upEnergy-saving eco-friendly heating
keyboard_arrow_downEnergy-saving eco-friendly heating

BioFire Fireplaces joined the South African marketplace at the end of 2010, responding to a real demand for ecologically-friendly and electricity-independent heating in South Africa.  As the costs of electricity and gas continue to escalate, wood offers an appealing and cost-effective alternative and it is a renewable resource, growing in abundance around the country.  A BioFire fireplace uses, on average, only 18 pieces of wood a day, to generate hours of heat for the home. Consider how much this could save you in terms of gas or electricity usage. 

keyboard_arrow_upHelping home wishes come true
keyboard_arrow_downHelping home wishes come true

RBA Homes handed over the keys for a brand new home to Lucky Mathibela and his family on Friday 1 June 2012, making good on its promise made on 94.7 FM Highveld Stereo’s Christmas Wish campaign.  When RBA Homes was approached by 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Breakfast Show and heard Lucky’s story, it welcomed the chance to make a difference in his life. RBA Homes was impressed by the young man’s positive spirit and his desire to give back to his community as a teacher – even though he was struggling himself. 

keyboard_arrow_upNatural light without the heat
keyboard_arrow_downNatural light without the heat

Ice Cool, flagged as the premium insulating window film from Solashayde, admits “all the light with none of the weather”. When natural light and temperature and solar control are priorities, this is the best window film to use. Ice Cool assists in keeping interiors warm in winter and cool in summer, while letting through bright, visible light. It can be used in offices, homes and any other buildings. 

keyboard_arrow_upControl valves reduce air-conditioning costs
keyboard_arrow_downControl valves reduce air-conditioning costs

Johnson Controls Building Systems has introduced a series of VP1000 pressure-independent control valves that promise to reduce the installation and commissioning costs for smaller fan coil and air-handling air-conditioning units.  “Traditionally, two separate valves are installed to regulate the flow and pressure of water through the air-conditioning units in response to the demands of a controller. The VP1000 valve performs the functions of both valves, with a differential pressure regulator and a regulating valve for flow adjustment. It is easier to install, more cost-effective and requires less maintenance,” explains Neil Cameron, general manager at Johnson Controls Systems & Service South Africa. 

keyboard_arrow_upFrigair at Interbuild Africa 2012
keyboard_arrow_downFrigair at Interbuild Africa 2012

The Frigair Expo & Workshop – Africa’s only dedicated heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration exhibition and workshop – forms part of the line-up of interrelated events scheduled to run in parallel with The Star Interbuild Africa 2012 exhibition. It will take place 15 to 17 August at the MTN Expo Centre at Nasrec in Johannesburg.  The HVAC & R industry and the technologies and systems it designs, installs and maintains are often not visible. They are just there, in the background. But they are essential to keeping people comfortable with cool and fresh air, keeping produce as fresh as when it was harvested, safe for human consumption, and well displayed in supermarkets, delicatessens and the like.

keyboard_arrow_upRadiant barrier insulation reduces heat build-up
keyboard_arrow_downRadiant barrier insulation reduces heat build-up

The newly legislated SANS 10400-XA: 2011 and SANS 204: 2008 introduce the requirement for proof of compliance with the standards set out for energy efficiency in buildings. This means that architects and building developers need to ensure that new buildings and building refurbishments are designed to meet the prescribed energy efficiency standards; that a building’s performance in terms of energy usage is calculated and documented; and that the building is built to perform accordingly.  Thermal insulation materials – for roofs, walls and floors – constitute a key element in building to achieve the required thermal resistance values (R-values) as set out in SANS 204.