Are reverse cycle heaters more efficient?

More efficient than portable heaters Reverse cycle air conditioning units are often much more efficient than portable plug-in electric heaters, which can sometimes be cheap to buy but expensive to use. In addition, consider the size of the space you want to heat with the heating source. Efficient for both heating and cooling, reverse-cycle air conditioners become more efficient in terms of energy consumption and cost over time. A kilowatt of electricity consumed will normally generate three or more kilowatts of heating or cooling energy.

All of these are benefits that make reverse-cycle air conditioning the clear winner in the debate between air conditioning and heating. Some reverse-cycle air conditioners come with a built-in air-purifying filter to purify and dehumidify the air. Since reverse cycle air conditioners have no exposed elements, they are a 100% safe way to generate heat. But none of these tricks are usually sufficient (or 100% safe) and that's why it's worth having a reverse cycle air conditioner installed in your home.

Reverse cycle air conditioners can heat an entire room, and if you have a zoned ducted air conditioning system, you have the option of setting a different temperature for different areas of your home. Reverse cycle air conditioners are designed to cool or heat, so they can be used all year round, making them more versatile. A new, modern reverse cycle split system from Daikin could save up to 46% in operating costs compared to older models. They need to generate new heat, while reverse-cycle air conditioners channel existing heat from outside air and distribute warm air into the home, making them more energy efficient.

For most Victorians, reverse-cycle split electrical systems are the most energy-efficient and lowest-cost heating option available and that generates the lowest greenhouse gas emissions. Reverse cycle air conditioners are available in wall-mounted, floor-console and ducted air conditioning systems. If your home has a rooftop solar photovoltaic system, the benefits of heating with reverse-cycle electrical systems can be even greater. By comparison, a reverse-cycle air conditioner is a heat pump that extracts free heat from outside air and releases it into the room.

If you need help installing or maintaining a reverse cycle air conditioner, contact H&H Air Conditioning at (0) 3276 1800 (Brisbane) or (0) 5477 1777 (Sunshine Coast). A gas heater generates thermal energy, while a reverse-cycle air conditioner absorbs heat from outside air to heat indoor air. Many reverse cycle air conditioners come equipped with thermostats and advanced inverter technology to easily adapt the temperature and humidity of the room.

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