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Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning vs Gas Heating During the Winter Season

Winter is almost here!

It’s that time of the year again, the time of the year where we say, see you later to 45 degree days and hello to Sunday afternoons rugged up on the couch. You have worked hard all week, so you turn your Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning on for that additional comfort, or perhaps you have a Gas Heater.

Whatever your choice of heating is, below we are going to compare the two and give you the most cost-effective solution for heating your home.

Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning

Technology has advanced so far over the past 20 years, and therein so has the cost of running a reverse cycle air conditioner. Reverse cycle air conditioners are just like your everyday air conditioner, except not only do they cool your home, they also have the option to warm up your home as well. Instead of using energy to create heat, they use energy to capture heat from the outdoor air and bring it inside. These days they are quite efficient at heating in most climates. Issues tend to arise throughout Australia as we suffer from extreme heat and chilling colds. Some air conditioners do not cope as well as others. Brands such as Actron Air are built in Australia for the Australian climate, and their superior operation range allows the air conditioner to work from -10 degrees to up to 50 degrees. In areas where you have consistent temperatures below this, other heating solutions may be more suitable for you.

Gas heaters need to create the heat energy where reverse cycle air conditioning absorbs heat from outside to heat the inside. As it is not consistently creating heat, it is a more cost-effective option to heating your home.

Below are a few facts about Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning

  • Reverse cycle air conditioning is one of the most budget-friendly methods of heating or cooling your home. They can perform both functions, cancelling the need to buy an air conditioner and heater separately.
  • Since reverse cycle air conditioners do not have exposed elements, they are a 100% safe way to generate heat. Gas heating requires routine servicing to ensure safety and health.
  • Gas heaters will warm a space much more quickly than a reverse cycle air conditioner; however, this will be at more of a cost to create the heat required.
  • Efficient in heating and cooling, reverse cycle air conditioners are a better option in terms of energy consumption and the costs relating to energy.
  • Many reverse cycle air conditioners come equipped with thermostats and advanced inverter technology to easily adapt the temperature and humidity of the room.
  • Some reverse cycle air conditioners come with an inbuilt air-purifying filter to purify and dehumidify the air. This filter is designed to trap airborne particles, neutralise odours, and deactivate bacteria and viruses. These benefits make reverse cycle air conditioners ideal for households that experience hay fever and asthma.

Gas Heaters

These heaters can be a good option if you are in a location that has a gas connection. They are relatively efficient and have long been seen as good value for money. Despite this tradition, rising gas prices and changing technologies have led to indicate that reverse cycle air conditioners are now cheaper to run.

Users also have to be careful because gas heaters produce carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. This also creates additional moisture which can cause mould in your home. Flued heaters tend to take care of this issue because they have a pipe that transports the waste outside. Non-flued heaters leave their fumes inside the room, so ventilation is important for keeping safe.

Gas heaters tend to have lower upfront costs than reverse cycle air conditioners; however, they can’t be controlled as precisely. While air conditioners may be more efficient heaters, it is hard to compare the environmental impact, because it depends on the local power source.

Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning vs Gas Heating

Reverse cycle air conditioning is designed to help ease your electricity bills in both winter and summer. They offer several benefits over gas heating in terms of affordability, safety, energy efficiency, flexibility, air purification and eco-friendliness.

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