Am I better off going for a ducted reverse cycle heating and cooling or ducted gas heating with reverse cycle cooling?

Gas ducted heating is an efficient method of heating, especially in really cold climates. However, most homes in Australia need both heating and cooling, and this is where it gets a bit tricky. You want the benefits of both gas ducted heating as well as reverse cycle cooling, but what is the best way to have both?

Some companies have systems that offers both heating and cooling that runs on the same principles and through the same controller as gas ducted heating. It can be zoned. You can set the temperature for each zone and get full flexibility, getting all the benefits of gas ducted heating without losing anything on the refrigerated cooling. It is really an immensely efficient way to heat and cool your home.

When looking at gas ducted heating with refrigerated cooling, it’s really important to plan it from the start because the air requirements for the refrigerated side for cooling is slightly greater than the gas ducted heating. So the duct, the vent and the whole system have to be designed from the start.

To include the refrigerated cooling doesn’t mean you have to install both of them at the same time right after purchasing the unit. For instance, you may install the gas ducted heater at the beginning of winter and then the refrigerated cooling after a couple of months.

Reverse cycle air conditioning is great in areas where you don’t have a huge heating demand –in areas where it’s fairly mild like the east coast of New South Wales up through Queensland. These areas generally don’t get as cold as below six or seven degrees.

It’s fine to use reverse cycle for cooling but if you were to consider your heating requirements, you would want a product that is a lot more flexible. A ducted gas heating with reverse cycle cooling unit answers both your cooling and heating needs through its dual function. It’s all integrated into one controller and really delivers you the benefits of gas ducted heating in the cold months and also the benefits of refrigerated cooling in the warmer months.

Watch out for our next article entitled “Do you get different types of heat from reverse cycle versus gas ducted heating?” for more information. You may also view a video version of this article at our YouTube channel.

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