Using your air conditioning in the winter
Many people think that air conditioning is just for the summer months, but a number of systems feature a reverse cycle system, or heat pump. This facility offers extra versatility as the system can be switched between cooling and heating mode as required, keeping the workplace at a comfortable temperature all year round. Maintaining a comfortable workplace temperature has been shown to improve staff health, safety and productivity.
How do heat pumps work?
Reverse cycle air conditioning works by warm air passing over a refrigerant to cool it down and lower the temperature of a room during the warmer months of the year. For winter heating, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the outside (even on cold days) to warm up the air going into the room to raise the internal temperature.
As well as heating, these systems can also dehumidify the air and are an ideal way to remove airborne fungus and mites from the workplace, creating a more hygienic environment and decreasing the chance of airborne illnesses passing from person to person.
Ducted or split air conditioning system?
Whether a ducted or a split system is more suitable for your workplace, both types of air conditioners are available with reverse cycle or heat pump functions -
Ducted air conditioning uses a single outdoor unit to pump cool or warm air into multiple rooms through hidden vents. As you can use the same ducts all year round to provide heating and cooling, reverse cycle ducted air conditioning saves space in your walls and on your roof compared to installing a separate ducted gas heating system.
Fixed split systems are cheaper to install, as they don't use ducts, and are connected to outdoor units (or a single outdoor unit in a multi-head split system). Some systems can be set up to provide heating and cooling in different zones at the same time.
How much do they save?
Using the same system to provide heating and cooling makes practical and financial sense. While reverse cycle systems can cost more than standard air conditioning, they use 72 percent less electricity than the portable heaters many people rely on in the winter. In addition, savings will be made by not having to purchase, install and service separate systems. Regular maintenance will enable you to get the most out of your air conditioning system.
For information on our range of portable air conditioners with heat pumps or to enquire about fixed air conditioner installation, do give our Sales Team a call – 0800 440 444 – or complete our online enquiry form on the website.