Heating solutions – What can you do to stay warm at home?

Keeping family warmFreezing your butt off?  Brrrr…..with winter fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about how you will keep your family warm this winter.   The darker, cold, winter months are the time we generally spend more time inside, get out nana’s knitted blanket and crank up our heating!  Staying comfortable means keeping warm and there are a number of ways to do this.

Whilst you can take up drinking more hot chocolate Processed with VSCO with e5 preset(or red wine hehe), pile on three layers of clothing, or cute fluffy bed socks, refill your hot water bottle every hour and buy the latest designer onesie and UGG boots ..there are also less dramatic heating solutions.

Vandas Refrigeration and Airconditioning can provide a number of heating options to best suit your needs.  So make sure to give us a call on 0434 727 127

When selecting the right option for you, there a few things you may want to take into consideration, including:

  • Energy costs
  • Installations costs
  • Running costs
  • Room size (are you heating a room or your whole house?)
  • Environmental considerations (emissions)

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Soooooo…what are your options…. we hear you ask? ……Have a look at some of the solutions below, brought to you by one of our trusted suppliers Metalflex. (www.metalflex.com.au)

Wall Hung Split System

Designed to heat a single room or open area, wall hung splits (WHS) comprise of an indoor unit (head) which is located on the wall and an outdoor unit (compressor and condenser) which is usually located in a convenient position outside the house. Because these units are reverse cycle they have the ability to heat or cool a desired area. Some WHS have the ability to be made into a multi system where several indoor units are serviced by one outdoor unit, giving the home owner the ability to heat multiple rooms.

Things to consider:

  • Sizing is critical for specific room to maximise efficiency
  • Split systems are quieter than window wall units


  • Can effectively cool and heat the desired area (room)
  • Easy and fast installation process
  • Cheapest form of electric heating


  • Can only heat one room per unit

Ducted Refrigerated

Designed to heat the entire home, ducted refrigerated reverse cycle air conditioners have an inside unit (in the roof) and outdoor unit (condenser and compressor) which utilise a series of ducting to distribute warm air throughout the home.

Things to consider:

  • Sizing is critical to maximise efficiency
  • Use ducting with a high thermal rating to reduce heat loss


  • Can heat an entire home
  • Allergy friendly
  • Works well in humid environments


  • Highest upfront cost
  • Doors and windows need to remain shut when in use

Gas Ducted Heaters

Designed to heat your entire home a gas ducted unit sits under the floor, in the roof or externally outside the house. Gas ducted heating is available through natural gas or LPG units. Gas ducted heating systems intake air from a return air grille which is taken to the heater where it is heated. This heated air is then distributed throughout the house through a series of ducting and outlets. Once the home reaches the set temperature
the unit will switch off.

Things to consider:

  • Energy rating of the unit
  • Ability to zone and switch off areas which are not being used
  • Be sure to have high quality thermal rated duct to avoid heat loss


  • Available in both zoned and un-zoned systems
  • Ability to heat the entire house
  • Instant warmth


  • It is less efficient than hydronic heating

Download the full PDF Guide –  J2059-Metalflex-Heating-and-Cooling-Decisions-Guide-030417-V2-WEB

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Contact us (0434 727 127) for more information:

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