<strong>Warmth</strong>: Installing a reverse cycle air conditioner can heat up your home and dehumidify it, keeping mould at bay. <em>*iStock photo</em>
Warmth: Installing a reverse cycle air conditioner can heat up your home and dehumidify it, keeping mould at bay. *iStock photo

Winter in Bermuda is just around the corner so now is the time when you should be thinking about keeping your home warm and dry.

Not only do the stone structures of island homes bring cold and damp, but mould can also be a problem.

If you want to make your home cosy and damp-free this winter, then think about installing insulation and air conditioning.

So, after switching off the air conditioning unit from blowing cool air in the hot, humid summer months,  should you keep it on for winter too?

Efficiency

If it is a reverse cycle air conditioner, then yes.

Unlike ordinary air conditioners, a reverse cycle unit can be used as a heating system.

It extracts heat from the outside air and transfers it inside your room.

A refrigerant passes through an external coil, absorbing heat from the outside. The heated refrigerant is then pumped through a compressor into a fan coil unit (or condenser) inside the room, releasing its heat to the temperature you choose.

It operates like a refrigerator — but in reverse.

Reverse cycle air conditioners can also filter and dehumidify air, which goes a long way to improving your indoor air quality.

So this is one of your most efficient systems for heating.

If you are looking to warm up your home this winter and save some money on energy costs, then talk to one of the showroom staff at Bermuda Air Conditioning (BAC) Ltd. They will be happy to answer your questions.

As for insulation, if you’ve ever lived anywhere colder than these islands, you probably already know about insulating your home.

But you may have not really put much thought into the idea of insulating your attic in Bermuda.

The experts at Bermuda Insulation Ltd (BIL) however, assure us that this is exactly what we should be thinking about if we want to make our homes warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer.

As the greatest amount of heat loss in a home is through the roof, it makes sense that we should try to stop it in its tracks.

Radiant energy barriers can be installed in a new-build home or they can be retro-fitted in an existing one.

The expected life of the barriers vary from 10-25 years, depending on the materials selected.

Radiant barrier sheets are either installed to the attic floor, rafters or roof, and covering them with insulating paint will make them even more effective.

To find out which method and installation system would fit your home the best, call BIL and arrange an appointment for a technician to come and evaluate your attic.

Savings

You will not only improve the comfort level inside your home, but you’ll make even more savings on energy costs as well.

KEN PARKER is the retail sales manager for Bermuda Air Conditioning Ltd. To find out more about reverse cycle air conditioning systems, visit the BAC showroom on Mill Creek Road, Pembroke, call 292-0881, or visit www.bac.bm. BIL is also located at the BAC building. To find out more about insulating your attic, call BIL on 296-9025 or e-mail bdainsul@ibl.bm.