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Heating and Cooling

 

Living in Australia ultimately means at some point you are going to need some sort of heating or cooling throughout the year.  Depending on where you live will depend on how much heating and cooling you need.

A great way to heat and cool your home is through passive cooling and this can impact your home in many different ways, no matter if your building a new home or simply renovating an existing you’ll find some passive cooling tips and tricks here

Don’t stress if your home is not designed for passive heating or cooling or perhaps you are renting and adjusting the home your living in is not possible.  No matter your situation we will have some helpful guidance to help you get the best temperature in your home for the lowest energy cost.

Renting

Renting your home limits, they type of heating and cooling options available to you.  You can still seal up gaps and cracks around doors and windows to help prevent air leakage, visit your local hard ware store for advice on how to do this. 

  • Dress your doors and windows appropriately to ensure you trap the air inside and prevent it leaking out, for tips on how to operate your appliances efficiently click here.
  • Next you want to explore your Heating & Cooling options, if you have celling fans, do they have a reverse function if so ensure you use these as your fist option.  Reverse them in winter and they will assist in pushing all that warm air down to where you are.
  • Where celling fans are not available ensure you have Fan’s around the home to keep you cool during the warmer months, sitting the fans near open windows with airflow can blow cool breezes around your home.  There are many types of fans out there before you decide on the one you want to buy check out our buying guide to help narrow down your search.

Next you will want to invest in a space heater depending on what is available to you Gas or Electric these heaters are relatively inexpensive to buy, you can use our buying guide to get the right heater for the space that you need to heat, again refer back here to ensure you are using them efficiently to keep those energy bills in check.

Building or Renovating

Building or renovating is an exciting time and depending on your budget the options are limitless.  Here are a few heating and cooling option open to you:

Heating Options:

  • Revers Cycle Air-Conditioner – These are usually the most energy efficient ways of heating your home.  They will cost you more to purchase up front than a space heater but will keep your overall energy bills down.  These will keep you home cool in summer and warm in winter when used efficiently.
  • Ducted Central Heating systems can use either gas or electric heat pumps as an energy source, comprising of a heating unit connected to a series of outlets via a system of ducts. The outlets and ducts are strategically placed throughout your home, either in the floor or ceiling. Where these are situated will depend on your home so ensure you think about this when designing your home.
  • The ducts which connect the outlets to the heating unit are neatly tucked away out of sight. They usually come with a control system that lets you set the temperature of the home or each room.  Set timers using the controller to keep your energy usuage to a minimum.
  • Hydronic central heating systems is sometimes hailed the most efficient heating system it works quite simply by heating water and moves this heated water through pipes to radiators throughout your home, it can heat an array of heating elements, such as heated towel rails, floor slabs and even your swimming pool.  You can use gas or wood fired heaters a solar or heat pump system to heat the water.
  • Heat shifters are a real cost-effective way to heat areas of your home, they work by transferring heat from one room to another through a fan-forced duct system.  This system works by transferring excess heat from one room to another, you may be watching TV in one room you can then use the ducts to transfer the excess heat from the room you’re in to the bedroom you are about to go to at the end of your movie.  Effectively heating 2 rooms at the same time without using any extra energy.
  • Electric in-slab floor heating tends to be the most expensive heating system to operate, it is cheaper to install than some of its ducted counterparts and is easily installed when your polished or concert floors are being poured, an electric heating element is installed after the reinforcing mesh has been added and prior to the concrete being poured.  This provides gentle underfloor heating throughout your home.
  • Wood heaters look great and while you might think they are energy efficient, they are not the most energy efficient option out there.  It’s difficult to control the temperature of the room with a wood heater there is no internal thermostat that you can use to control the heat. When the wood is burning it also creates smoke which impacts your greenhouse emissions and can pollute the air around you.  Wood is a renewable energy source only if it is harvested sustainably, use wood pellet heaters which burn recycled sawdust are an effective option and have very low greenhouse gas emissions

Cooling Options:

Ceiling Fans – these are one of the cheapest options to cool your home in summer and can be used in reverse to help push that warm air down in winter.   Other cost-effective ways to cool you home is using fans they cost a fraction of the cost of any other cooling element.  You can compare energy costs on fans with SESM compare the against other cooling options to gage how much they will save.

  • Revers Cycle Air-Conditioner – These are usually the most energy efficient ways of heating your home.  They will cost you more to purchase up front than a space heater but will keep your overall energy bills down.  These will keep you home cool in summer and warm in winter when used efficiently.
  • evaporative coolers these work by Cooling a central cooling unit connected to a series of outlets throughout your home. The cooling unit draws fresh air through moistened pads. As it passes through these pads the air is cooled and filtered before flowing through the ductwork and into your rooms.  These coolers are relatively cheap to run and are great in areas with low humidity.

No matter which system you choose its always important to ensure they are regularly serviced and filters are cleaned and changed as required.  Once a year before their peak usage is always a good time to service your heating and cooling appliances and systems.

We hope this helps you choose the right heating or cooling system for your home, please feel free to email one of the team at enquiries@saveenergysavemoney.com.au for further information.

 

 

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