It has cooled down and felt the need to heat your home or office, but then what is the best option: air conditioning or heating? When it comes to choosing one or the other, there’s always the question of which one is the best.
First of all, you need to know that “better” will depend on where you are warming up and how you want to do it, and how much it is worth in relation to the investment. The decision is not easy, so WebAr will try to help you a little by clarifying some points and features of each option. And the first step is to know these devices:
Air Conditioning or Heating: Which one to use in winter?
Heaters are powered by electricity. The current heats a heater, ceramic plate or the internal oil of the machine, thus heating the air of the environment.
In addition, usually, a heatsink (fan type) distributes hot air throughout the room. Heaters are usually portable.
Known as a reverse cycle or heat/cold appliances, air conditioners that have the heating function are installed and fixed like most household air conditioners.
This equipment reverses the process of taking hot air into a room and throwing it away. External heat is absorbed and thrown into the environment.
Now it’s good to know a little bit about the pros and cons of the two.
Advantages/Disadvantages of Heater And the air conditioner
Advantages of the heater
- The heater, for example, is mobile and can be taken anywhere in the house or office;
- It also does not need to be installed, which is a lower cost to the consumer, and when not used it can be easily stored;
- It makes the ambient temperature warmer in a few minutes, speeding up healing.
Advantages of air conditioning
- The air conditioning, however, heats an entire environment evenly and most have the function of controlling moisture;
- The heater with electrical resistance, for example, which is the most common and cheap, in addition to heating, also dries the air around, removing almost all moisture from the heated space, and then it is necessary to buy a humidifier to compensate for this;
- Air conditioning also has more functions: it can cool and ventilate, which makes it usable in any season;
- Provides greater control to the user, being able to regulate the temperature;
- They are suitable for people with breathing problems and allergies, as they act as filters that remove dirt.
Environment size and number of people
If you have a small space, the heater is ideal for quickly heating the room. This means that the device will remain in less time, which can offset the cost-benefit compared to an air conditioner, which still involves installation and maintenance costs. But if the environment you need to heat is very large, a heater will not notice – it will be good to warm people closer to the device, but only.
In fact, the number of people in an environment is another factor to consider. The more people go to a place, the more energy the air conditioning BTUs will have, which in turn will cost more and spend more as well. However, there is no point investing in a heater to manage a room full of employees, for example.
What is the most economical, air conditioning or heater?
According to INMETRO, air conditioning spends between R$ 0.50 and R$ 0.95 per hour on – average made with 9,000 BTU devices in August 2018. While the electric-resistant heater spends an average of R$0.56 per hour, and the oil heater R$ 1.05 – the oil heater, however, has a very specific advantage: it does not remove moisture from the air, as it does not come into contact with a heater or hot ceramic plate that burns suspended water molecules.
However, as the price is always changing, it is good to be attentive to the Kw/H consumption of each device. Among the most popular Splits on the market, the average is about 25 kw/h, does not drop much by 16 kw/h in lower power models (BTU) and can reach up to 40 or more than 50 kw/h in high power. Electric heaters, on the other hand, maintain a very stable average in the range of 23-26 kw/h, as the availability of energy does not vary much.
But after all, what’s more valuable?
Then you need to analyze your specific need using the information we provide above. But here are some questions to ask yourself before choosing one or the other:
What is the size of the space to be heated?
How many people normally frequent this place?
What is the available budget?
Generally speaking, hot/cold air conditioners are more specific because they also offer the possibility to cool the environment in the heat, being ideal for those looking for both functions in a single unit.
Also make sure that the device you want to buy has the Procel A seal, which indicates greater energy efficiency.