A hot air conditioner idea to keep you warm

Air conditioner heating. Pug wrapped in blanket
With the heat of summer far behind us (seemingly!) and the winter chills upon us, you’d be forgiven for resorting to electric blankets and hunkering down during the long cold nights. But let us let you in on a little secret – there’s a way to crank up the heat at home without getting a nasty bill shock? How? Well, buy using your air conditioner for heating your home.

How to use your air conditioner for heating

Modern air conditioners feature reverse cycle technology, offering you the convenience of heating and cooling from a single appliance. Most AC units come with hot and cold control modes. So, if you’re feeling a little chilly at home, you can simply switch on the heat mode (usually the sun symbol button) on the remote controller of your air conditioner, set the thermostat to your ideal temperature and sit back as your indoor unit heats the room. Reverse cycle air conditioning is easier, cheaper and safer to use than portable heaters which can overload electric circuits.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, here are some tips for using your air conditioner for heating your home.
  1. Give your air conditioner a good clean: First, give your air conditioning unit a thorough clean. Filters inside air conditioners tend to collect dust and other nasty particles which can cause mould and be a fire hazard when heat is thrown into the mix. Check the owner’s manual for cleaning instructions.
  2. Choose the right temperature: Program your air conditioning to keep the temperature inside your home between 18 and 20 degrees. Every degree above that can increase your energy usage by up to 10%.
  3. Redirect the louvres downward: This will ensure optimum air circulation in your home in winter because hot air rises. Don’t forget to move them back up in summer.
  4. Have your air conditioning serviced: Task Industries recommend getting your air conditioning serviced once a year to keep it running smoothly and as energy efficient as possible. This is to avoid costlier repairs down the track.

IT’S A COOL TIME TO THINK ABOUT AIR CONDITIONING

The middle of winter may not seem the time for most of us to be thinking about ‘air conditioning’. But let’s face it, a fact of life of living in Queensland is that we know the cold weather is all too brief!

Whatever your situation; an old unit that needs replacing, you’re renovating your property and thinking of upgrading from a split to a ducted air conditioning system. Maybe you’re keen to make sure your existing unit is in tip-top condition as you’re about to put your place on the market and know that air-con boosts your property’s marketability. Or worst of all, you have no air conditioning at all, now’s an excellent time to start the ball rolling and find out what’s best for your needs?

Split System vs Ducted: How do you choose?

Firstly, the obvious. You want an air conditioning solution that will do what it says on the box; cool down your home during the long, hot summers that south-east Queensland is known for. Both types of system will deliver what you need, but there are a few things you need to consider. Style of home – every home is different in the way it’s been built, its layout and style all have an influence on what system is right for you. Budget is also a factor. Not only should the initial installation price be a consideration, but you need to weigh up the sort of system you want regarding operating costs. A system that comes cheap might end up costing you more in electricity depending on the size and nature of spaces you wish to cool down or heat up.

If you require a tailored air conditioning solution for your home or business or you’re simply looking for some advice on system suitability or budget, give us a call or send us an email. We’ll be happy to provide you with some honest and impartial advice.

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