An Air conditioner or AC gives us the ultimate relief on hot summer days. If you already own an AC, no one can know about it better than yourself. But when the winter approaches, you do not need it to cool the room. At this time, you may be thinking, can this AC be used as a room heater?
The answer is- yes, it is theoretically possible with some practical difficulties involved. To solve them, manufacturers are now producing all-weather or hot and cold ACs based on reverse cycle technology. Learn more about the theoretical aspects, problems, and solutions below.
Heat pumps work in a principle just opposite to that of air conditioners. Science defines a heat pump as a means for moving heat energy from a high-temperature source to a low-temperature system. An air conditioner does the reverse- it transfers the heat from a low-temperature source to the higher temperature surrounding.
Understanding the vapor-compression refrigeration cycle can help you realize how your air conditioner works. Regardless of the size of your air conditioner, this system will work the same. A refrigerant powers the process, which transfers heat from one segment to the next before releasing it into the atmosphere.
The refrigerant rotates around the cycle and passes through the compressor, condenser, throttle valve, and evaporator. In this cycle, the refrigerant absorbs the heat from your room using the evaporator and transfers it to the condenser, where it is released into the atmosphere.
To use an AC as a room heater, the cycle has to be reversed, otherwise, the room will not heat up. This is exactly what heat pumps do. So, theoretically it is possible.
The practical problems
Many people ask, can ac heat the room in winter? There are a few problems in using AC as a room heater during winters when the temperature drops. Here are the major reasons-
The ultimate solution – Hot and Cold AC
The all weather AC or Hot and Cold AC is suitable for both winters as well as summers. It is equipped with cooling and heating system based on the latest reverse cycle technology.
Benefits of Hot and Cold AC:
LG 1.5 Ton 3 Star Hot and Cold Split AC is one such air conditioner than can both cool down and heat up your room. Built with a dual inverter compressor this hot and cold split AC can run in the summer, winter, and even the monsoons. Unlike ordinary air conditioners, it comes with a gold fin condenser that is more resistant to corrosion and extends heat exchange for a long time.
High airflow is provided by Voltas’ distinctive louver design, which helps cool the room more quickly and eliminates any hot spots in a short time. With the Dual Display function, you can see both the set temperature and the ambient temperature simultaneously.
However, any normal split AC will consume less power than hot and cold ACs because of the heating facility. While the heating facility is an advantage, excess power consumption is a disadvantage. Overall, a hot an cold AC is the best choice if you want to use your air conditioner as a room heater.