When it comes to choosing a heating system for your home, there are several options to consider.
From reverse cycle air conditioners to ducted heating systems and hydronic heating, each type of heating system has its own advantages and disadvantages.
In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of three of the most popular heating systems in Australia and provide some insight into installation costs and energy efficiency.
What types of home heating systems are available?
Before diving into the pros and cons of specific heating systems, it’s helpful to understand the different types of heating systems available.
Three of the most common and appreciated types of heating systems in Victoria include:
- Reverse cycle air conditioning: A reverse cycle air conditioner is a type of air conditioning unit that can be used for both heating and cooling. It works by extracting heat from the air outside and transferring it indoors to heat a room or space.
- Ducted heating: Ducted heating systems work by distributing warm air through a series of ducts and vents throughout a home. The warm air is typically generated by a gas or electric heater, and the ductwork is hidden in the ceiling or floor.
- Hydronic heating: Hydronic heating systems use hot water to heat a space. The hot water is typically heated by a gas boiler, and it’s distributed through pipes to radiators or underfloor heating systems.
Understanding the pros and cons of different heating systems
Each type of heating system has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a closer look at the pros and cons of reverse cycle air conditioning, ducted heating, and hydronic heating.
- Reverse cycle air conditioning
- Reverse cycle air conditioning units are versatile and can be used for both heating and cooling
- They are energy-efficient, particularly if you opt for a system with a high star rating
- They are relatively easy to install, particularly if you already have an air conditioning system in place
- Many models come with additional features like air purifiers and humidity control
- They can be noisy, particularly if you opt for a cheaper model
- They may not be as effective at heating larger spaces
- Reverse cycle systems can circulate dust and allergens – particularly so if not properly maintained and serviced throughout their lifespan
- The initial cost of purchasing and installing a reverse cycle air conditioning unit can be high
Panasonic nanoeX technology:
One standout feature in the realm of reverse cycle air conditioners is Panasonic’s nanoeX technology. This innovative feature releases hydroxyl radicals that help to purify the air and inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses.
This can be particularly beneficial for those with respiratory issues or allergies. While this technology can add to the initial cost of a Panasonic reverse cycle air conditioning unit, it can be a valuable investment in your health and well-being.
You can read more about Panasonic nanoeX here.
- Ducted heating
- Ducted heating systems are efficient and can heat a home quickly and evenly
- They can be used with a range of energy sources, including gas and electricity
- They are unobtrusive, with the ductwork hidden in the ceiling or floor
- They can be zoned, allowing you to heat different parts of your home independently
- Ducted heating systems can be expensive to install, particularly if you don’t already have ductwork in place
- They can be difficult and expensive to repair if there is an issue with the ductwork
- They can be less energy-efficient than some other types of heating systems
- Ducted systems can circulate dust and allergens – particularly so if the system isn’t properly serviced and maintained
- Hydronic heating systems
Overall, hydronic heating systems are generally considered to be the best on the market due to their ability to provide a comfortable and consistent temperature throughout your home.
The system operates quietly, doesn’t circulate dust and allergens, and doesn’t dry out the air, making it a great option for those with allergies.
What’s more, hydronic heating is also energy-efficient when combined with a heat pump, resulting in lower operating costs over time. Although the installation costs are higher compared to other heating systems, hydronic heating provides long-term value and can increase the value of your home.
Better still, a high-quality hydronic system can also include a reverse function, providing year-round comfort with heating and cooling facility available in equal measure!
- Hydronic heating provides a comfortable and consistent temperature throughout your home
- The system is silent and doesn’t circulate dust and allergens, making it a great option for those with allergies
- Install a high-quality hydronic system with a heat pump and you can enjoy year-round comfort with reversible heating/cooling whenever it’s needed
- It doesn’t dry out the air, providing a more comfortable environment.
- Hydronic heating is energy-efficient when combined with a heat pump, resulting in lower operating costs over time
- The system can be installed under various types of flooring, including tiles, concrete, and timber
- Hydronic heating systems are the most expensive to install compared to other heating systems – however, it’s important to consider the benefits of long-term savings over short-term cost
- The system requires regular maintenance to prevent corrosion and ensure efficient operation
- Installation of hydronic heating requires more time and effort, as it involves running pipes and setting up the boiler
- Hydronic heating systems are slower to heat up compared to other heating systems, which can be a disadvantage during sudden temperature drops.
- It can be difficult to retrofit a hydronic heating system into an existing home without significant modifications
When it comes to choosing the “best” heating system for your specific interests and needs, it helps to consider the factors that are of particular importance to you, including:
- Upfront cost vs. long-term savings
- Quality of unit
- Flexibility of installation options
- The output needed for the size of your household or business
Still, based on the factors we’ve discussed, it’s clear that reverse cycle air conditioners, ducted heating/cooling systems, and hydronic heating/cooling systems (with heat pump facilitation) are some of the best options on the market.
Ultimately, the decision of which heating system is best for your home depends on your budget, preferences, and specific needs. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each option, consider installation and operating costs, and choose a reputable installer who can ensure the system is installed correctly and efficiently.
At G Store, we can help you with all of the above. With over 15 years of expertise in the art of high-efficiency HVAC, we’re here to make your decisions a whole bunch easier.