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Why is Air Conditioner Better Than a Heater?

Did you know that an air conditioner outperforms an electric heater by at least three times?

To get technical, a standard bar heater consumes 2 kW of power to produce 2 kW of heat. A reverse cycle air conditioner that can both chill and heat uses only 0.6 kW of electricity to produce 2 kW of heat! This means that air conditioning outperforms traditional heating methods.

How does a reverse cycle air conditioner work?

A reverse cycle extracts free heat from the surrounding air and uses a fan to force air across an evaporator containing a very cold liquid refrigerant. The heat in the air warms the refrigerant, causing it to turn into gas. This gas is circulated by a compressor, and as the pressure rises, the temperature of the gas rises even more. The hot gas is then passed through a condenser, where the heat is transferred to the air. The refrigerant condenses into a liquid, and the cycle begins again.

As a result, this winter, you may want to reconsider your heating methods in your home or office. You could save a lot of money by simply using your air conditioner instead of a regular old heater!

 

Benefits of using an air conditioner as a heater

There are additional advantages to using an air conditioner:

  • The air is evenly distributed throughout the room. Many air conditioner manufacturers now offer 3D air distribution, which circulates air to the corners. In the case of electric heaters, the area around the heater is hot and the rest of the room is cold.
  • Thermostatically controlled to ensure that no electricity is wasted due to overheating.
  • During the summer, the air conditioner is used to keep the house cool, while the electric heater is kept in storage.
  • Electric heaters pose a safety risk. Electric circuits can be overloaded by a 2 kW electric heater, especially in older homes. Fires can start when circuits become overloaded. Furthermore, the high radiant heat near the heater can cause clothing to catch fire.

5 Tips to use your air conditioner for heating

Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals, here are some pointers for using your air conditioner to heat your home.

  1. First, give your air conditioner a thorough cleaning. Filters inside air conditioners tend to collect dust and other noxious particles, which can cause mould and pose a fire hazard when heated. Cleaning instructions can be found in the owner’s manual.
  2. Select the proper temperature: Set your air conditioner to keep the temperature in your home between 18 and 20 degrees. Every degree above that can increase your energy consumption by up to 10%.
  3. Change to auto mode: Don’t set the heat mode and then forget about it. Enable the auto mode as well. This function enables the AC unit to maintain the temperature you specify. To save energy, this keeps the fan running for the shortest amount of time at the slowest speed.
  4. Redirect the louvers downward: Because hot air rises, this will ensure optimal air circulation in your home during the winter. Don’t forget to reposition them in the summer.
  5. Get your air conditioner serviced: Some manufacturers recommend having your air conditioner serviced once a year to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. This is done to avoid more expensive repairs in the future.

 

Wrapping Up

Reverse cycle systems are generally more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly than most other heating systems. They’re also simple to use and can heat large rooms and your entire house. The only disadvantage is that they may be more expensive to install and repair, but this will be offset by lower operating costs. Furthermore, this type of system can last up to 20 years, making it a worthwhile investment if you want to keep your home warm in the winter while also keeping your wallet full.

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