Seeking alternatives for heating homes WITH THE cost of traditional home-heating on the rise, Cypriots may start turning to more affordable options, with gas-fuelled central heating and air-conditioning (A/C) units being their best bets. Oil-burning central heating has traditionally been a necessity in many a Cypriot home-making. The low operating cost based on cheap oil prices in the past, and clean and effective heating, provided practical advantages, far outweighing the implementation cost in the long-run. But oil is no longer cheap and other options provide cleaner and more effective heating at a lower cost. Air-conditioning has traditionall

Weather and Damp Protection part 1

Published in the Cyprus living Magazine Dec 2007 With this article I would like to look into the effects of rain and sunshine, something that we get in abundance here in Cyprus, and how this will affect your property. A question of structure In the United Kingdom our homes are built to strict guidelines they are usually brick construction with cavity walls. The correct damp proof courses are built into the walls and floors ensuring their effectiveness from rising damp and driving rain. Usually a good guttering system is also installed. In Cyprus this may not be the case. The buildings usually have no wall cavities and generally no damp proof course. Floor membranes can be missing, damaged or

Air conditioning modes.

1st published June 2012 In this issue I will attempt to explain some of the modes that most common air conditioners have, please understand that because there are so many different makes of AC unit I can only cover the basic ones so lets start with the obvious. Cooling mode Cooling mode is usually indicated with a small snowflake on the hand set, when you switch to this mode the indoor unit will fire up and the fan will start, this will test the temperature of the air in your room. If the room is too warm then the outdoor compressor will switch on and the cooling cycle will begin, when the room becomes cold enough the compressor will switch off and so on, however with most models the fan wil

How to use your air-con efficiently.

1st Published May 2012 We have been asked countless times ’what is the best way to run our air conditioning without it costing the earth’. The principle of air conditioning is quite simple, it is the moving of warm air from inside of a building to the outside, and this system is very efficient. However if it is not used properly it can be costly to run. The majority of expats here come from the UK and over there you don’t really need air conditioning so we are not really educated in the way it works or how to get the most from it. The majority of people here use their air conditioning by switching the air conditioning on and then set it to the lowest temperature possible, then either leave

Weather Protection. (Published article in the Cyprus living magazine)

1st published in november 2007 The theory of lightning Benjamin Franklin (1707-1790) is generally considered to be the father of modern lightning protection theory. His celebrated kite experiment proving for the first time that storm clouds generate, hold and discharge static electricity. Here in Cyprus we witness thunderstorms throughout the year but especially as the cooler months arrive bringing fantastic light shows and clearing the humidity. We recently witnessed some immense thunderstorms in the middle of October a few years ago For most people it was a welcome change from the long hot summer bringing the thought of cooler nights and pleasant days. The parched island has begun its reju

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