Is Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Fit For Winter?
As we say goodbye to the beautiful, warm and sunny weather in Perth and reluctantly welcome winter with open arms, getting out of bed in the morning has now become a difficult task, again.
But to be fair, winter is not all doom and gloom, unless you were one of the unlucky few who had to embrace 125km/h winds through St Georges Terrace this morning.
Apart from getting drenched head to toe, winter is the perfect time to bust out the hoodies and sweatpants, crank up the heat and get cosy on the couch ready to binge Netflix’s latest doco on Michael Jordan’s ‘The Last Dance’.
I, for one, will be hitting up my squad on Call of Duty: Warzone and getting heated in battle, and of course, I’ll also have my little foot heater going.
Sadly, running a small heater at 100% all day long isn’t the most effective form of heating, it certainly isn’t the cheapest option either.
There is often a wide debate about whether you should be using your reverse cycle air conditioning during winter or small portable heaters.
First of all, can you even use a reverse cycle air conditioner in winter? The answer is, yes.
How does a reverse cycle air conditioner work?
A reverse cycle air conditioner works by extracting heat from outside air and transferring it inside your home. In summer, the air is passed over a refrigerant where the air is cooled before being pumped back into your home.
During winter, this process is ‘reversed’ (hence the name). The refrigerant is passed through an external coil (the condenser) where it is then heated, in turn heating the air before releasing it into your home.
So why would it be better to choose a reverse cycle air conditioner over a small portable heater?
Benefits of reverse cycle air conditioning
Compared to other types of heating and cooling systems, reverse cycle air conditioners are one of the most effective and energy efficient methods of heating and cooling your home over time. Although portable electric or gas heaters may be cheaper to buy upfront, their energy usage is far higher than a reverse cycle system and will end up costing you more in the long run.
- They cool your home in summer and keep you warm in winter, eliminating the need for having multiple heating and cooling systems.
- Extremely energy efficient. The Mitsubishi Avanti PLUS Series 2.0KW system is one of Australia’s most energy-efficient systems on the market, boasting an industry-leading 7 star “Super Efficiency” energy rating. (more efficient than portable heaters)
- Highly adaptable and flexible. Equipped with the latest inverter technology, reverse cycle systems are able to adapt to the temperature and condition of a room. Automatically adjusting the power to reach and maintain a desired temperature without fluctuations, providing absolute comfort while costing you less.
- Improved indoor air quality. The perks of having a reverse cycle air conditioning system is that not only can it cool and heat your home, some split systems also purify the air. Neutralising air borne pollutants like dust, smoke and allergens before recirculating the air back into your home
- Less noise, more comfort. Thanks to advancements in technology, manufacturers are now investing in more ways to reduce the amount of noise generated by systems. Increasing comfort levels in both temperature and noise, making for a better night’s sleep.
How to choose a reverse cycle air conditioner suited to your home
There’s more to choose a system for your home than simply going for the cheapest or most expensive brand on the market. It is important to consider the size of the unit and the size of the area you need to heat or cool. Choosing a system that is undersized for a large area, like the living room, can put a lot of stress on the system, resulting in higher energy bills and decreasing its life span.
To help keep you and family comfortable all year round, here are some tips to help reduce heating costs:
- Make sure your home is properly insulated
- Make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed to keep the heat and cool air in, while preventing draughts from entering your home
- Open all north-facing windows in the evening to allow the cool evening air to flow through your home
- Only operate systems in rooms that are occupied and close off internal doors between zones that aren’t being heated or cooled
- Close the curtains and blinds at night to help keep the heat in.
Looking for more helpful tips on how to save on energy costs when using your ac?
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You can buy the ac unit online and get it delivered and installed by our team. If you’re unsure what AC system is best suited to your home or office, contact us for an absolute all-year comfort solution today.