Winter is almost here and while daytime temperatures are still relatively mild, the evening and early mornings certainly aren’t! There are many ways to heat your home, but reverse cycle air conditioning is one of the most effective and the most energy efficient. When investing in any new appliance, it is important to consider both the purchase price and the cost of running it. Let’s find out more about winter air conditioning and how it can save you money and keep you warm. 

Advantages of Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners in Winter 

When in heating mode, reverse cycle air conditioners work in the opposite way to when they are in cooling mode. In basic terms, a refrigerant passes through an external coil to absorb heat from the outdoor air (even on the coldest mornings/nights). That refrigerant is then pumped through a compressor into the condenser (inside the building) and warm air is released. 

There are many benefits of reverse cycle air conditioners including:

  • Value for money – you get two systems in one. Cooling in summer and heating in winter
  • Save on Electricity – While a reverse cycle air conditioner may cost you more upfront, you will notice the savings on your electricity bill
  • Reduced risk of fires and burns as there is no element or flame
  • Improved Air Quality – Most split system air conditioners purify the air via a filter that traps airborne particles such as dust and other allergens
  • Better For The Environment – Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners produce only one-third the greenhouse gas emissions of standard electric heaters
  • Quiet operation
  • Long life span 

To ensure your system operates as efficiently as possible make sure your home is properly insulated, close curtains and blinds at night, address draughts coming in through doors and windows and close doors to rooms that aren’t being used.

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Best Temperature To Set Air Conditioner in Winter

The best winter air conditioning temperature will depend on where you live. In the Blue Mountains and surrounding parts of Sydney, an ideal winter air con temp is 20 degrees. Remember every degree matters when it comes to your air conditioner electricity usage cost.

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

If you live in cooler parts of Australia such as Alpine regions, you may need to set your air conditioner’s thermostat a little higher. In warmer climates you may be able to get away with a lower temperature. Experiment and see what temperature suits you and your family best.

Don’t Forget Air Conditioning Maintenance 

If it’s been a while since you last had your air conditioning unit serviced, get it done now before the cold weather really sets in. This is especially important if you have been using your system extensively over the summer. An air conditioning technician will check all the parts and make sure everything is working properly so energy efficiency is maximised. 

Don’t forget your filters! If you are having your unit serviced, the technician will do this for you, but in between services it’s a good idea to check your filters periodically.

 

If you need any advice on air conditioning in winter, whether it’s installation, maintenance or repairs, talk to Altitude Air Solutions, your local Blue Mountains Air Conditioning and refrigeration specialist.