How to choose the best heating and cooling solutions for your home
Keep ypur home comfortable year-round with this guide to heating and cooling services.
In Victoria, where weather conditions vary from day to day, it’s important to have good cooling and heating in your home. To help you keep comfortable in any weather, here is our guide to some of the different types of heating and cooling units available, as well as offer some easy ways to keep cool in summer and warm in winter.
The sweltering heat of Australian summer can be intense. We break down the types of cooling options available, plus help you stay cool with some handy tips.
Types of air conditioning
- 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 trips
- 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.
- Use 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.
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:
Types of heaters
- Reverse cycle heater: A 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 the outside air and releasing it indoors.
- Wall-mounted heater: Whether it’s a 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.
Tips and tricks for efficient ways to keep warm
- Let there be light: 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.
- Choose the right heat: It’s important to match the size of the room you want to heat with the right type of heater. This way you can effectively heat your home without exacerbating your energy bill.
- 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.
- Set a timer: Take advantage of the timer function if your heater has one to avoid accidentally leaving on the heat while you’re asleep or away.
- Get it serviced: Servicing your heater regularly is imperative to everyone’s safety. Talk to experts for professional recommendations on servicing and safe use practices.
- Don't overheat: 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.
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