Is it better to have a combination of ducted heating/cooling and RCACs or switch to full RCAC?
- Reverse cycle (heating + cooling) systems cost about the same as cooling-only ones, so there’s no reason to bypass that added capability.
- If by ducted heating you mean gas, this is a much more expensive option with ongoing costs.
- It is better with a new home to start with installing stand-alone RCACs.
- Many people considering a reverse-cycle split system ask whether it provides the same warmth as a ducted or hydronic heating system. They worry that the air movement in a reverse-cycle system might have a slight cooling effect on the hot air, thus making the split system run at a higher setting for the same comfort level. While all convective heaters have a very subtle cooling effect, many reverse-cycle air con manufacturers have improved their product design to minimise it.
- For instance, many air conditioners now come with more (and wider) air outlets that circulate air at slower speeds. Many also direct airflows over the walls, floor, and/or ceiling (instead of blowing air directly onto occupants). This allows air to move further across the room at a slower pace, which will effectively warm (or, in summer, cool) your room at a low setting.
- Finally, split-system aircons are ideal for people with allergies or asthma — many include high-quality air filters. Ducted systems are inherently dusty.
What rebates are available for heating and cooling in Victoria?
The Victorian Government will provide 250,000 rebates to help households install energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioners to replace their old gas, electric and wood-fire heater or where there is no heating system. Under the program, ...
Is an RCAC better at cooling or heating?
RCACs are both efficient in heating and efficient in cooling. While all heaters have a very subtle cooling effect, many reverse-cycle heater manufacturers have improved their product design to minimise it.
Ducted heating/ evaporative cooling vs RCAC split system?
Cost Split System Ducted System Initial Purchase $600-$5,500 $5,000-$15,000 Installation Single day, only needs 1 licensed technician (less expensive) Multi-day, professional installation team needed (more expensive) Running Cost $0.25-$0.40/hour ...
What makes RCACs more efficient than other means of heating/cooling?
• Reverse-cycle air conditioners use heat pumps. This heat pump technology means that 1kW of electric power to the RCAC produces at least 3kW of heating/cooling power. • With electric resistive heating 1kW of electricity will only ever produce 1kW ...
My ducted heating feels much warmer than my RCAC, why?
There could be a lot of different reasons for this: • The temperature setting on the ducted heater could be higher • The RCAC only heats one room and it may be too small for the space size • The RCAC might be in an open plan part of the home which is ...