Your ultimate heating and cooling guide

Even if you live where temperatures are extreme, you’ll probably want a combination of both heating in winter and cooling in summer. Choosing the right air conditioning solution will turn your home into an oasis of comfort, all day, every day.

Here’s our handy guide to how heating and cooling in air conditioning works. 

Heating and cooling systems – how do they work?

Most contemporary air conditioning systems have reverse cycle technology. This means they can heat and cool your home. Whether you’re looking at installing a split System, multi-split or ducted air conditioning system, you’ll definitely want a reverse cycle model that can heat and cool your home in just a few clicks of a button. 

Beautifully warm in winter

You’ll be surprised to know that even cold winter air contains usable heat that you can pump inside your home. Reverse cycle technology absorbs this heat from the outside air to create a cosy atmosphere within. It’s easy to regulate so you enjoy just the warmth you want and it’s also more energy efficient than conventional heaters, which need to generate heat, rather than harnessing heat energy from the outside air to create warmth inside.

Perfectly chilled in summer

Likewise, as the mercury rises, a reverse cycle air conditioner absorbs heat from the inside air and disperses it outside, leaving your home the perfect chill out zone. 

Remember, cool air is heavier than warm. So, when you’re looking for the ideal position for your air conditioner, install it as close to the ceiling as possible. For cool air, point the louvres upward or horizontally and for warm air, direct the louvres down towards the people in the room.

Two hot tips to keep you cool

1) Sounds obvious – but only cool the rooms you need. If you have a ducted air conditioning system, you can use your zone settings. Or if you have another system, close doors between cooled and uncooled rooms to stop warm air seeping in. If one of your rooms is naturally very warm (e.g. an attic), or cool (e.g. a cellar), you can switch to a fan only setting to help save energy.

2) When you set your temperature, remember that every 1 degree colder can cost up to 10% extra in energy. So don’t just set and forget the temperature at an icy level – outside temperatures vary throughout the day and so should your air conditioning.

To discuss the best reverse cycle air conditioning options for your home or business let us help you take the guesswork out of choosing a system that will suit you best. Get in touch with our experienced team today!