Heating a House in Aussie Chat Posted April 21 10 minutes ago, s713 said: We had the reverse cycle a/c heating and I couldn't use it. The air is so horrible and dry it was getting on my chest and drying my skin out. Plus, the heat isn't retained, as soon as you switch it off, it dissipates. Surely that has more to do with the room or the house than the heater? It's true that if you have a wood heater, it stays hot for a long time. But an electric heater would be just the same as the air con.