Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning In Winter

Jul 11, 2018

Did you know that using your air conditioner in winter will keep you warm and save you money? Yes, reverse cycle air conditioning is one of the most economical (and safe) ways to heat your home. They might cost more to purchase, but you will save money in the long run. Keep reading to discover how reverse cycle air conditioning works and our top tips for getting the most out of your unit.

How does air conditioning in winter work?

When you want to cool your home, your air conditioner draws in warm air and runs it over a refrigerant to lower the temperature inside. When you put the unit in heating mode, it absorbs heat from the air outside and transfers it inside to warm your home. There is a bit of a technical process, but reverse cycle air conditioners will work effectively even in the coldest conditions.

Running air conditioner in winter: top tips

  • Close doors to rooms where heating isn’t needed. Check windows to ensure they are shut.
  • Consider a thicker fabric for your curtains and solid blinds to trap more heat. Make sure they are closed to prevent heat transfer through windows.
  • Don’t forget to turn your air conditioner off when you go to bed.
  • Regular air conditioner servicing will keep your unit running efficiently all year round.
  • Insulation in your roof and walls will help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter.

What temperature should I set air conditioner in winter?

With rising electricity costs, most of us are acutely aware of every appliance we use and what it could be adding to our power bill. Like other electrical items, the harder your air conditioner has to work, the more energy it will use.

Ergon Energy estimates that every one degree cooler in summer adds around 10% to the amount of electricity that the air conditioner uses.

Therefore, making small adjustments to the settings on your air conditioner can make a big difference when your electricity bill arrives. The optimum temperature for air conditioning on the South Coast is 26 degrees in summer and 20 degrees in winter. These might sound higher or lower than your normal settings but why not give them a go and see what you think?! You might just notice the difference on your energy bill!

Innovate Air & Electrical can answer all your air conditioning questions. We install new systems, make repairs and carry out regular servicing for all makes and models of air conditioner. Contact us today for more information.

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