Is Air Conditioning Better Than Central Heating?

When people think of air conditioning, they tend to think of a HVAC system that provides a reprieve from truly intensive heat conditions. By conditioning the air, not only does the air quality improve, but we can make sure that even during the hottest moments of the summer, our inside living environment is tolerable and comforting. 

However, for some people, the prohibitive cost of purchasing and fitting an air conditioning system may inspire them to simply purchase a fan or an air filter in order to achieve a similar effect. But the truth is that this method is nowhere near as effective, especially in the case of fans which push air around a room instead of cooling it directly.

 

Why air conditioning?

There are savings to be made with air conditioning units over time; adding to their cost-effective operation. This makes them much better than using a central heating system. After all, the latter is known to be very expensive to run, and in some cases, the replacement cost of oil can be very expensive over the years.

One thing most people aren’t aware of is that air conditioning units can actually heat your home too, and very well at that. They can be run efficiently and cost-effectively for the most part; which make them ideal for the unreliable British weather. Let’s consider some stats to help you make your best buying decisions:

 

Air Conditioning vs. Central Heating

Air conditioning works by first drawing the warm air from the room into its system. This air flows over the cold evaporator pipes in tandem with a dehumidifier, which removes moisture. As the coolest flows through chiller pipes to absorb the heat, the coolant will flow through the condenser and compressor unit, providing a cold liquid. 

In the event of heating, this process is flipped, with the hot condenser coils now becoming the cold evaporator coils. This means that the cold air is expelled while the hot air is pumped into the room – serving as a sophisticated space heater. This is different to utilizing electricity to power your radiator pumps as central heating often works, and as such, is much cheaper to run.

Air conditioners in heating mode are able to produce 3 kilowatts of heat per kilowatt of electricity utilized (and paid for). Central heating can only produce 1 kilowatt on average.

 

How should I choose the best air conditioning system for me?

It’s important to weigh up the size, cost and install location for each room. A larger unit may be appropriate in a living space or kitchen/dining open plan set. Smaller units placed in the master bedroom may be ideal. Consider the square footage of each room and the recommended air conditioning coverage specs for each unit.

 

Who should I contact for my air conditioning system?

It’s perfectly fine to opt for both systems within a household and to rely on one over the other when the time comes. 

Most homeowners own a central heating system, but now that the weather is becoming more unpredictable year on year, British households are increasingly invested in air conditioning technology within their homes.

With Red Air Conditioning serving as one of the best providers and air conditioning installers in the Midlands; your home is sure to prosper thanks to your foresight.

We’re always happy to help you discuss your air conditioning options tailored to the needs of your house and its occupants. Feel free to use our contact form to get in touch, or contact on 01164 885 979 to speak to one of our friendly team. We look forward to speaking with you!

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