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Protecting your Air Conditioning Unit During the Winter


When it comes to the autumn we know there are often wars over the air conditioning, some people are freezing and some people are still warm, however, the closer we get to winter you need to ensure that you are looking after your units as best as possible. We have put together a guide for you to for you to follow to help protect your air conditioning unit during the colder months.

As soon as you are ready to stop using your air conditioning it is best if you turn the unit off. This will mean that your unit isn’t on and therefore doesn’t have any water flowing through it. Having water in the unit during the winter leaves the opportunity for it to freeze which could break the unit. Continue reading

Keeping Cool in the Summer Months


During winter the main concern for home owners was keeping the house warm at a reasonable cost through blocking drafty doors and better insulation. Well now it is getting to summer time you are probably thinking about ways to cool your property. Here are some tips to get you started in addition to your air conditioning unit. Some are a lot easier to implement than others!

The places in your home that are the biggest sources of moisture and heat are kitchens and bathrooms. In these rooms it is important to have an extractor fan, especially in the kitchen to ensure that extra heat is taken away from the room as well as keeping the air fresh and clean. The same goes for the bathroom, having an extractor fan here too will help any excess moisture from hot showers or baths be quickly dispersed leaving your bathroom cool and moisture free.

You can install vents in your roof to improve the temperature in your loft space, which can often become hot and humid during the summer. Vents in the roof will help elevate this heat but it is important that you get these installed by professionals. Continue reading

Energy Saving Tips


With energy companies increasing their prices yet again this winter it is important to save money where you can whilst also staying warm in your home so we have put together some tips of what can be done to save money and be more environmentally friendly. Being “green” is an overused term to the point where people think everyone is doing it so maybe it doesn’t matter if you don’t recycle that plastic bottle or switch the light off when you leave the room because everyone else is. Well it is important that we all do our bit and save money in the process.

If you have your heating unit tuned up once a year this will help it run more efficiently and therefore reduce your energy usage, saving the planet and the pennies. It is also a good idea to have your air conditioning serviced annually too for the same reasons. Continue reading

Keeping Warm this Winter


With most of us finally accepting that it is time for the heating to go on and the air conditioning to hibernate for another year we have come up with some fun ways of staying warm over the winter and hopefully you will be able to save some pennies along the way!

There is nothing worse than being cold during the night or when you are trying to get to sleep. We have all had those nights where our teeth have been chattering and our body is shivering just to keep warm but we refuse to put the heating on because it is only October! Well hopefully these day are over, we have found a pyjama warmer so you will at least be toasty warm while you are trying to get to sleep. All you have to do is put your neatly folded pyjama’s into the sack and wait while they warm up. Continue reading

Spring is here but Winter won’t Leave

Yesterday was officially the start of spring but it still feels like winter although we like the fact that it is staying lighter for longer!
This time last year, we were all in our gardens with flip flops and the air conditioning on. This year we still have the heating and jumpers on. This doesn’t look like it is going to change in the near future as this week it is predicted that we may see some small snow falls in some parts of the country. The rest of us will see sunny spell with the odd patches of rain. It is also predicted that we will have fog and frost and the most noticeable will be the wind chill towards the end of the week.

As we live in hope for warmer weather we can be thankful for the clocks going forward which will mean longer days so we will at least have the impression that summer is nearly here. The north will be worst affected by the cold and the south may see some resemblance to a spring time in terms of temperature.

Although predictions can’t be accurate this far in advance there are indications that April will have a chill to it which after the lack of sunshine last summer time this will be disappointing. We hope to see the sunshine soon! Let us know your plans for the summer buy tweeting us @GTRefrigeration

More Snowfall Followed by Potential Flooding

Over the weekend and much of the week we have been disrupted by the snow. Just when we thought the worst was behind us, it looks like there are more disruptions ahead. Even though the snow is slowly disappearing, this means it is thawing and with the heavy rainfall that is expected around most of the country, it means there are more risks of flooding again.

50 flood warnings have been issued around the UK as the ice begins to melt and on top of this in some areas ice warnings are still in place. According to forecasters there will be one more final heavy snowfall and hopefully the weather will warm up slightly, don’t go putting your air conditioning units on yet, it won’ be that warm! Temperatures are expected to reach 10C in the south on Sunday. It is believed that the north of England could see 15cm of snow and the south may see up to 5cm.

A spokesman from the Environment Agency, Roy Stokes has some up with a creative and fun way for those who will need to be making preparations for the floods; “Ideally if everybody built themselves a snowman it will slow the thaw down a bit.

“If you notice when people clear their drive the snow thaws away but the compacted piles stay.

“That would give a balanced thaw which would be helpful.” However, after this comment the Environment Agency has said this will make little difference, although it is a nice idea.

April Showers or April Washout?

So the day is nearly over and we still have half a month’s rain to come in the next few hours. In the UK, this is expected to be the wettest day of the year with a predicted months worth of rain to fall in just 24 hours.

There have been four severe weather warnings across the UK as the high winds and heavy rain will be carried over the country for what looks like could be till the later part of tomorrow afternoon. Weather forecasters are also predicting that our April showers won’t end at the end of the month; they look set to continue into May.

The worst hit areas are expected to be in Eastern Scotland and in the South of England. Unlucky for us!
Paul Michaelwhite, a weather forecaster has said, “It’s an April washout rather than April showers as unusually deep, autumnal type Atlantic low pushes across the South.

“This is an unusually active depression for the time of year, as the Atlantic is traditionally at its quietest during mid-to-late spring.”

This is the complete opposite, however, to what is going on, on the other side of the world in New Mexico. They are experiencing the most uncomfortable temperatures. It has been reported that the student housing in Cervantes Village’s air conditioning isn’t programmed to come on till the last day April and many students have to sleep on their tiled floors just to keep cool. A lady who lives in the village has said her daughter has woken up with nose bleeds from the humidity and dry air.

The housing officials say it takes 4 weeks to switch all 900 of the air conditioning units and although the process has started, the residents need to be patient as they are not at fault for temperatures reaching 15 degrees what is the seasonal average.

Winter or Summer – Who knows?

After our week of sunshine, the weather looks set to change dramatically for us over the next few days. With snow already see in the more Northern parts of England and in Scotland it looks like our early summer hasn’t lasted.

Snow, sleet and rain hounded down on Britain last night and left 10,000 people without any power across the North East of England. There is yellow weather warning for Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands. This is after gale force winds reached 80 mph last night.

According to forecasters, 15 – 20cm of snow fell last night in the Peak District, Pennies and Cumbria and with this kind of weather there are many travel disruptions around.

After writing about the high temperatures in Aboyne last week, this area has also seen 2cm of snow as the weather seems to be playing bizarre tricks on us.

This, however, is a good time to make sure all air conditioning units are functioning as well as they should be. From looking at the dramatic weather changes in the last week, who knows when we will see our next glimpse of summer, could be next week with these changes! By cleaning the units out and getting professionals to check them over as we have previously written about is essential. This is especially true with the weather as unpredictable as it is now. Scorching temperatures in the office without working air conditioning is unbearable.

This cold weather is set to move south leaving behind wintery conditions although there isn’t any forecast snow and we still have a little sunshine and highs of 13 throughout the week. This, at least for the south, is normal March temperatures.

Snow Showers and Freezing Temperatures upon Us

WinterMost of us in the UK have noticed the delayed winter and plummeting temperatures that has been happening this week, but forecasters have predicted that it will become milder over the weekend.

However, even though it will get milder, the weather is still up and down, as it has been expected that the temperature will still fall below -8C.

Gritting teams, hospitals and emergency services are on maximum alert, with the Meteorological Office predicting “a 100% probability of severe conditions across most of England this week”.

The chillier weather follows the stalling of rain from the west and the Atlantic. An area of high pressure over western Russia and Scandinavia has chilled them and started to move them back on easterly winds.

Forecaster with MeteoGroup, Clare Allen, said, “The easterlies are bringing snow showers off the North Sea, and even London is likely to have a maximum temperature no higher than 4C, so it’s going to be pretty cold.”
There has been severe weather warnings for ice, issued by the Met Office, which are likely to stay in force until Saturday. Allen said, “If people aren’t careful driving, then it could cause disruption. Anywhere that is wet, ice is expected to form.”

The UK has reacted in its traditional way by shopping for cold weather equipment last minute.
Debenhams has reported an increase in thermal underwear by 17%, 16% rise in electric blankets, high tog duvets by 40% and slippers by 49%. However, it seems people in the UK are either going on holiday or expecting the sun to come back out soon as there has also been an 18% rise in demand for swimwear and bikinis. The demand of air conditioning units and fans has remained stable.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health asked for people to keep an eye on their older neighbours. He said, “During this period of cold weather we would advise people to check local weather forecasts for the latest information on weather conditions and staying safe when outdoors.

“We are working closely with the NHS and local authorities to ensure vulnerable people stay well during cold weather and get the help they need within their communities.”

Winter Weather Wonders the Land

Britain has, this past week, been blanketed by fog. This has caused flights to be cancelled and delayed across the country which has left travellers, understandably, furious. However, there is simply nothing that can be done, except to wait for the fog to clear of course.

A spokesman for the BAA, Heathrow’s operators, has warned passengers to check with their airlines before travelling due to the fact that Northern Europe has been affected by the fog as well.

The spokesman was quoted saying: “Today 11 arrivals and 12 departure flights have been cancelled and we are advising all our passengers to check with their individual airlines before travelling.”

Meanwhile, Gatwick and Stansted have been able to operate as normal despite the poor weather.

It has also been reported that some areas of the country could witness some snow fall in coming days. Frost and gales are also in the pipeline.

Last weekend it was reported that visibility on some roads was less than 100 yards, due to the fog. I for one was driving south towards Basingstoke and could only see literally 10 metres in front. Dangerous stuff and not something I want to experience again anytime soon.

This cold weather has followed one of the warmest autumns on record, and has, to some extent surprised us all. However, we must remember it is late November and it’s not long now until Christmas rolls around for another year.

Furthermore, this winter weather is certainly sticking around. It is likely that we will see strong winds across England and Wales in coming days, and Met Office spokesman, Dan Williams, has said: “We will be seeing colder nights because of the clear skies.”

Jonathan Powell, of Positive Weather Solutions, has added: “There is a rain-bearing front that could bring a covering of snow on Thursday and Friday in the mountainous parts of the north. Roads will be pretty treacherous as any overnight rain will quickly freeze.”

With such weather now forecast, it is more likely that we will be switching our central heating on rather than turning to our air conditioning units!

If anyone is out on the roads in coming days, be sure to take care and keep your wits about you in icy conditions.