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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.

Operating Costs

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.

Ideal Air can help demystify the options. We supply and install all major brands, including Brivis ducted heating. Call us today on (03) 8548 1291 or use our contact form.


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With so many years of experience fixing and repairing air conditioning systems, you can trust Ideal Air for the best results.

We can professionally maintain all brands and types of air conditioning, heating and cooling systems including:

  • Ducted Reverse Cycle
  • Split Systems
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Reverse Cycle Ducted Systems
  • Reverse Cycle Multi Split Systems
  • Room Air Conditioners
  • Ducted Gas Heaters
  • Evaporative Cooling Systems


Cooling Services

Should I Get My System Serviced Regularly?

Service and maintenance is very important! Like your car, Air Conditioners and heaters need regular service and maintenance to improve your chances of efficient and effective operation.

Maintenance will drastically reduce the chance of a break down and will also prolong the life of your investment.

By getting a service you will also be reducing your energy consumption which in turn save you money in the long run.

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Cooling Repairs

The following list is a very short brief of some of the things we provide while servicing your equipment. We do perform other important checks and address issues as we find them.

  • Retighten all flare nuts to eliminate any potential gas leaks
  • Go over all electrical connections and retention them
  • Test current draw of electrical components
  • Go over all of the duct work to make sure there are no air leaks
  • Check correct airflow throughout the system

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Ducted Heating

  • Ducted gas heating units need to be regularly maintained and serviced by professionals, to ensure its safe operation and optimal performance.
  • Poorly serviced heaters can cost hundreds in unnecessary repairs, and can be a danger to you and your family.
  • Carbon monoxide leaks are commonly caused by unvented gas in gas heating systems.
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  • We have been providing professional servicing and repairs from more than 10 year in .
  • We pride ourselves on a fast response time and dedication to excellence, efficiency and reliability.
  • It is recommended that all heating and cooling systems be serviced every winter, when they are in greater use.
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