Blog Series: What’s the Deal with Heating and Cooling? #2

Sam Holmes
May 21, 2024
How to choose the best system

How to choose the best system

Alright, now that we’ve got the basics down, let’s talk about choosing the right system for your home.

Combined Heating and Cooling Options

  • Reverse Cycle Air-Conditioners: These are the most energy-efficient combined systems. They use electricity to provide both heating in winter and cooling in summer. Look for energy rating labels to ensure you get the most efficient model for your climate zone.
  • Hydronic Systems: These circulate hot or cold water through radiator panels. They can be powered by electric and solar.. Hydronic systems are more expensive to install but offer a comfortable and consistent temperature.
  • Heat Pumps: These come in air-source, water-source, and ground-source varieties. Air-source heat pumps are the most common and efficient in Australia. They work by extracting heat from the air to warm your home or reversing the process to cool it.
Central Heating Options

Ducted Air Systems: Circulate hot air through ducts, ideal for whole-house heating.

In-Slab Floor Heating: Uses hot water pipes or electric mats laid in the floor, providing a mix of radiant, convective, and conductive heat.

Space Heating Options
  • Electric Space Heaters: Include portable and fixed options. These can be radiant, fan, convection, or oil-filled heaters. Each has its pros and cons depending on the room size and use.

Pro Tips
  • Seal Your Home: Close doors and windows in areas where heating or cooling is on. Use draught stoppers to block gaps and keep the temperature steady.
  • Regular Maintenance: Regularly service all heaters and coolers to maintain their efficiency and longevity.

Stay Tuned

We’re just getting started! In the next posts, we’ll cover hot water systems, appliances, solar options, batteries, and electric vehicles. Download the VoltaRocks App to keep up with the latest updates and features.

Stay cool (or warm) until next time!

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