Heating and cooling your home

Tradie completing an air conditioning service

In Victoria, where weather conditions vary from day to day, it’s important to have good cooling and heating in your home.

We break down the different types of cooling units available and share some great ways to keep the cool following air-conditioning installation. 

Come winter time, discover different types of heaters to choose the right one for your home. Prolong the warmth with some clever tips around heater servicing and usage. 


Find your ideal cooling system from our breakdown of the most common types:

  • Split system air-conditioner: the split system air-conditioner can be an energy-efficient, self-cleaning way of cooling or heating your home. As it's named, a split system air-conditioner comprises of one unit inside the home that distributes hot or cool air and another unit outside that performs the temperature change.
  • Window/wall air-conditioner: like the name suggests, window or wall air-conditioners are convenient as they don’t take up much floor space, and can offer quick cooling relief to larger rooms.
  • Evaporative coolers: evaporative coolers use water to cool a room down and simultaneously purify the air. When the water evaporates, it takes the heat away and cools down the temperature of the room.
  • Fans: the humble fan is mighty. Portable fans are convenient as they can be moved between rooms, while ceiling fans disperse rising warm air. Wall-mounted fans can bring focused relief in rooms with adjustable, oscillating angles.

Cooling tips and tricks

Once your installation is done and dusted, get into these best practices to support your air-con and stay cool:

  • Air-con servicing

    Regular air-conditioner cleaning will keep your system in top condition so you can rely on it when the temperature spikes in summer!

  • Maximise the use of ceiling fans

    Changing the direction of your ceiling fan to counterclockwise in summer can help cool your home better by pushing cooler air downwards.

  • Use several cooling options

    If you have an air-conditioner and a portable fan, consider turning on the fan first to get the air circulating. This may be enough to avoid using your air-con and may help you save on energy bills.

  • Insulate well

    Insulation is an important way to keep your home cool in summer. Ceiling, wall or underfloor insulation can help keep the heat out and the cool air inside.

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In the winter months, your heating rituals are an important part of your day-to-day activities. While having an efficient, working heating unit is worth investing in for the long run, it also needs to be supported with great habits to prolong its life and effectiveness in your home.

Below we break down the types of heaters available on the market and share some tips to stay toasty in winter:

  • Reverse cycle heater

    The reverse cycle heater is an economical option as it doubles as an air-conditioner. You may know it as its other name: the split system. Its main function is absorbing heat from outside air and releasing it indoors.

  • Wall-mounted heater

    Whether it’s convection or radiation heater, a wall-mounted heating unit can be a space saver. Since it doesn't take up floor space, it’s a great option for even the smallest rooms in your home.

  • Gas heater

    Gas heaters can be an efficient way of heating your home due to low running costs. Always adopt safe practices around gas heaters by turning them off when you leave the room and ensuring they're a safe distance from other objects in your home.

Best practice tips for winter time

Assist heating naturally

Open your blinds or curtains during sunlight hours, upgrade the insulation of your home and use ceiling fan set at low mode to encourage hot air circulation.

Keep it clean

If you have a reverse cycle heater ensure its filters are cleaned regularly to prevent accumulated dirt from impacting air quality and improve the longevity of your heater.

Make use of the timer function

Take advantage of the timer function if your heater has one to avoid accidentally leaving on the heat while you’re asleep or away.

Stay moderate

Cranking up your heater to high temperatures may warm up your room quickly, but to keep it performing at its most efficient, set the temperature to 21 – 22oC.


Don’t speak the language? Not to worry – we’ve prepared a list of useful terms that you may come across when installing and repairing your heating or cooling unit:

  • Ducting: round tubes in your heating or cooling unit that distribute the air to the rooms. They are usually located in the ceiling or walls of your home.
  • Filters: components of your heater or cooler that filter the air to reduce the amount of dust released to the air.
  • Thermostat: a small box usually mounted near the indoor component of your cooling or heating unit that allows you to change the temperature.
  • Split system: an air-conditioning or heating system that’s comprised of an outdoor and indoor unit, delivering cool air in summer and warmth in winter.
  • Condenser: the outdoor part of your split system air-conditioner.
  • Reverse cycle: a heating system that absorbs heat from outdoor air and redistributes it indoors.
  • Evaporator: the component that’s usually mounted on the furnace that helps extract heat from a room through the process of refrigeration.
  • Registers: inserts in the shape of grilles installed either in the ceiling or the floor that deliver air into your home.