Blog Series: What’s the Deal with Heating and Cooling? #1

Sam Holmes
May 21, 2024
Understanding Heating and Cooling

Understanding Heating and Cooling

Hey there, home enthusiasts! Sam Holmes here, your Private Eye from VoltaRocks, ready to cut through the fluff and give you the lowdown on heating and cooling your home efficiently. Let’s dive right in!

The Basics

Heating and cooling together use the largest amount of energy in the average Australian home, accounting for around 40% of household energy use. So, it’s crucial to prioritise your investment when it comes to keeping your house comfortably warm or cool.

Know Your Climate

First things first – understand your climate. Do you need more heating, more cooling, or a balance of both? This is the starting point for making smart heating and cooling decisions. For example, in cooler climates, you might prioritise heating, while in warmer areas, efficient cooling is key.

Sizing Matters

One of the most important tips for buying a heating or cooling appliance is to get the right size. An oversized system will waste energy and money, while an undersized one will struggle to keep you comfortable. Consider the area you want to heat or cool and how often you’ll use it.

Central vs. Space Systems

  • Central Systems: These are designed to heat or cool your entire home, usually through ducted vents. They’re great for large homes but can waste energy if parts of the house are rarely used.
  • Space Systems: These heat or cool specific areas. They’re ideal for smaller homes or where only certain rooms need climate control.

Some systems offer zone settings to switch heating or cooling on and off in different sections of your home, enhancing efficiency.

Tips for Using Heating and Cooling Efficiently
  • Close doors and windows in areas where heating or cooling is on, and use draught stoppers to block gaps.
  • Regularly service all heaters and coolers to maintain efficiency.

Coming Soon: VoltaRocks App!

Stay tuned for our upcoming features on the VoltaRocks App that will help you make the best heating and cooling choices. We’re here to do the legwork, find the best deals, and ensure you stay comfortable without breaking the bank.

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