Friday, July 8, 2016

The benefits of air conditioning

Regardless of the type of air conditioner or the job you perform, in general air conditioning offers a number of benefits. Particularly when considering the severe temperatures that can be experienced in Australia while on the road or out in the field in heavy machinery, there is some true value to having your trucks, sleeper cabins and heavy vehicles air conditioned. So what are some of the benefits?

1. Extreme conditions such as heat and humidity can impact on our overall physical intellectual activity, making even the simplest of tasks an absolute chore. Having a proper air conditioning system in place helps reduce heat and humidity, thus reducing the impact on our ability to perform and complete work tasks.

2. The lower temperatures that air conditioners create can help reduce dehydration as they lessen the likelihood of excessive sweating. However, there is a footnote worth mentioning here, which we will discuss later in this article.

3. When the air conditioning system has been installed properly, it effectively helps renew and improve air quality.
Points worth remembering about air conditioning
For all the benefits that air conditioning can offer (and there are more than those mentioned above), it’s also important to be aware of some of the possible issues they can create. These issues are all easy to find solutions for, but they’re worth noting nonetheless.

1. First of all, as we noted in the second point of the above section, there is a footnote that comes with the fact that air conditioners can help reduce dehydration in terms of staving off sweating, their design also means that they also cause dehydration.

To keep it basic, air conditioning works by reducing the humidity and heat within an a set environment. The way it does this is by removing moisture from the air and then pushing cooler temperatures through; this known as evaporation cooling. Over time this means the area will have less and less moisture in the air, which can lead to dehydration.

So when you’re driving or working in an air conditioned environment, make sure you continue to drink fluids. If you feel you’re becoming too dehydrated, turn off your air conditioning, keep up the fluids and wait until you start to feel better.

2. Be mindful of the fact that sudden shifts in temperature (from very hot to very cold) can impact on your health. Such shifts can affect respiratory system and can lead to falling sick. The suggested ideal temperature for an air conditioning unit ranges anywhere between 21 to 25 degrees Celsius. Keep it within that range and you’ll find that the shift between temperatures won’t feel as severe. If it starts to get too cold within your vehicle or sleeper cabin, put the temperature up one or two degrees.

3. Another effect long exposure to an air conditioned environment can have is that of tiredness. Particularly when using recycled air, this leads to an increase in CO2 while straight oxygen reduces. To combat this, either change your air conditioner to accept incoming air from outside or occasionally turn off your air conditioning, roll down the windows and let the fresh air wake you back up.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Why is proper wheel alignment so important?

Here are four reasons why proper wheel alignment is so important:

1. Fuel savings
Proper alignment provides less resistance on the road providing smoother ride and noticeable fuel savings.

2. Caring for the environment
When you reduce fuel consumption you contribute to reduction of pollution.

3. Cost of new tires
Consider the cost to replace unevenly worn tires with the smaller cost of a wheel alignment.

4. Safety
Faulty wheel alignment can be exaggerated on wet or icy roads.

We, at One Stop have upgraded our Wheel Alignment system from Optical to 3D. This allows us to perform a faster and more precise Wheel Alignment on all tvpes of cars and most trucks.  Call us if you have any questions.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

When is a good time to check your wheel alignment?

Poor alignment can shorten a tire's life by thousands of miles and compromise very crucial steering and suspension parts. That can be a big hit on your wallet.

Click image to enlarge
When should you have your wheel alignment checked?
  • If your vehicle has hit something (ie curb or major road hazard).
  • You notice your tires are wearing unevenly or abnormally.
  • You notice steering or handling problems such as your vehicle pulling or drifting to one side, your steering wheel does not return easily after a turn, or your steering wheel remains at angle when driving in a straight line.
  • When you buy new tires and want them to last as long as possible.
  • When you replace suspension or steering components.

If you are unsure about your current Wheel Alignment, please give us a call at One Stop. We have precision equipment and expertise to check your Wheel Alignment and fix, if needed.