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Useful Tips for Using a Reverse Cycle AC for Heating

Most modern air conditioners now use reverse cycle technology instead of simple cooling technology. What it does is that it offers you the convenience of both heating and cooling from a single AC unit. Most AC units are equipped with hot and cold control modes. So, during winter, just turn on the heat mode on your air conditioner, choose your ideal temperature and wait as your indoor unit heats the room. Reverse cycle air conditioning is the easier, cheaper, and safer way to warm up your home during winter. 

How does reverse cycle air conditioning work?

Reverse cycle air conditioning, as the name suggests, uses reverse cycle technology to heat and cool your home at the same time. It is basically two systems in one. It allows you to reverse the refrigeration cycle of your air conditioning system to produce heat instead of cooling. 

Reverse cycle air conditioners, also known as heat pumps, do not use energy to create heat. Instead, it pumps heat from the outside air and brings it inside. They use a refrigerant and external coil to absorb heat from outside, then pump the heat through the compressor and into the condenser of your inside unit to warm your room or home. They can also filter and dehumidify the air along the process. 

Here are some tips to maximise the use of reverse cycle AC for heating: 

Set the ideal temperature setting. 

Keep your thermostat at 18°C since this is the most ideal temperature setting for your AC during the winter. This temperature will allow your unit to operate at its most efficient level. Each degree higher than this temperature can increase operation costs by 10%.

Use a split system for large room heating solution. 

For medium to large rooms or open plan living areas, a split system reverse cycle air conditioning system is the best heating choice. If you need to warm several rooms, a multi-split system is a more effective heating solution than gas or electric heaters. 

Use a ceiling fan. 

Hot air naturally rises and most of the heat gradually travels upwards. Use a ceiling fan to help recirculate the warm air back through the room. 

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Heating up your home using a reverse cycle air conditioner is as easy as switching the mode from cool to warm. Investing in a reverse cycle AC is more practical and cost-efficient. The small price difference will be outweighed by the convenience of having both a heating and cooling solution at the touch of a button. 

For more details on how to use your air conditioner during winter or if you want to know which air-con units use reverse cycle technology, consult with your air conditioning specialists at J&M Costa


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