Gas Ducted Heating vs Reverse Cycle
As Melbourne moves into midwinter, we’re reminded of why a heating system is a worthwhile addition to your home. But with so many options on the market, it’s easy to feel hesitant to make the investment.
One of the most common sources of confusion is how ducted gas heating stacks up against reverse cycle systems. While the answer to this depends on the specifics of your space, there are a few things that can be taken into consideration.
Because gas heating operates independently of outdoor conditions, these systems are able to remain stable regardless of the outside air temperature. Reverse cycle systems, on the other hand, tend to run less efficiently as it gets colder, and can be impaired by frost.
If you live in a particularly cold area, then, gas is more energy efficient. Heaters of both types, though, trump conventional electric models on this point.
It’s worth noting that there are annual maintenance costs involved in operating ducted gas heating, as these systems require routine servicing for compelling safety and health reasons.
However, even with an annual gas ducted heating service, Melbourne homes are unlikely to be out of pocket overall compared to the costs of running a reverse cycle system. In terms of bills, gas models are the cheapest heaters to run.
As a rule, gas heaters tend to have a longer lifespan than reverse cycle systems, making them good value for money.
Gas systems are able to warm a space much more rapidly than reverse cycles. Additionally, the type of heated air that gas heaters put out into your space has a more comfortable quality – it won’t dry out your skin and eyes.
Seasonal adaptability is one area in which reverse cycle systems trump gas – their dual functionality means they also work as cooling systems. On the other hand, due to greater cold-weather efficacy of ducted gas heating, Melbourne customers are often happy to trade off the benefit of dual functionality.
So… what’s the verdict?
It all comes down to your individual priorities. If you’re looking for the most efficient heater that also scores high on comfort, ducted gas may be an ideal choice.