Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning
When it comes to heating and cooling our homes, we have so many options available to us these days. Each offers different features and benefits and can vary greatly in cost, maintenance and health and safety.
Today we look at Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning and why it could be a great choice for your family. In this article, we answer several commonly asked questions such as:
- What is reverse cycle air conditioning?
- How does reverse cycle air conditioning work?
- Are reverse cycle air conditioners expensive to run?
- What are the benefits of reverse cycle air conditioning?
what is reverse cycle air conditioning?
Reverse cycle air conditioning is a type of air conditioner that can heat as well as cool. It can be a great option to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home all year round and alleviates the need to install separate heating and cooling devices.
Reverse cycle air conditioners also provide other benefits such as filtering and dehumidifying to ensure you are breathing clean, healthy air.
How Does Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Work?
A reverse cycle air conditioner has a function that allows the normal refrigeration cycle to be reversed (hence the name).
When it is set to perform its heating function, heat is extracted from the outside air and drawn inside. This occurs because cold refrigerant gas is passed through an external coil, absorbing the heat from outside. As the refrigerant is compressed into a condenser, it warms up and creates hot air, then pumped into a room via a fan.
Are Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners Expensive to Run?
Most kinds of cooling and heating consume fairly high amounts of electricity and can be expensive to run. However, reverse cycle air conditioners are actually one of the most energy-efficient, and therefore cheaper, options available.
Last month, we took an in-depth look at the energy efficiency of reverse cycle air conditioning. We found that even well-known consumer comparison websites such as Canstar Blue and Choice have confirmed it as one of the best heating options available today.
There are many ways to maximise the efficiency of the heating and cooling in your home and thus reduce the running costs. Some tips and tricks include:
- Keeping the air filters clean and the unit serviced regularly
- Having the appropriately sized system for the space that needs to be cooled or heated
- Setting the correct temperature for the season (further reading about the best temperatures in winter can be found here)
- Selecting a model with the highest star rating
- Using timers on your air conditioning units so that they only run when needed
- Addressing insulation, drafts, and light entering your home to reduce heat or cool air loss, depending on the season and mode in which you are running your reverse cycle air conditioner.
What Are The Benefits of Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning?
Convenience is a major benefit of reverse cycle air conditioning. Heating or cooling a room can be done with a simple flick of a switch. There are other benefits to consider too:
- Cost-effective and energy-efficient
- There are no exposed elements, flames or hot components when in heating mode
- It can also be used to filter and dehumidify the air in your home
- Automatic temperature functions mean that the unit only operates as needed
- Only one device is needed to heat and cool
How To Choose the Best Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner for Your Home
Selecting the correct type of reverse cycle air conditioner for your home involves several considerations and decisions. You may prefer to install a series of split system units throughout your home, or you may choose to go with ducted air conditioning. Each type of system provides its own set of unique features and benefits.
Additionally, you will need to complete a series of mathematical calculations that consider many factors that will determine the size of the system you will require. And don’t worry – we usually do this bit for you to recommend the most appropriate size for the space!
Things such as the size of your home, the number of occupants, the heat loss from under and around the building, and the positioning of windows all need to be considered when making these calculations.
Power Trip Services specialises in all air conditioning systems, and we prefer to only work with reverse cycle units.
We can do all of the calculations for you and provide a custom design and recommendations to meet your budget and keep your home comfortable all year round. If you would like to maximise the benefits of your home air conditioning, be sure to give us a call today.
The electrical and air conditioning specialists at Power Trip Services go above and beyond to tackle any complex installation or electrical issue you throw our way.
We are leaders in our profession in North Brisbane because we use our resourcefulness and ingenuity to deliver high-quality and affordable solutions every time. Our qualified technicians can even design your ducted air-condition in-house!
Not only do we pride ourselves on quality workmanship, but our outstanding service standards and promise to treat your property with the utmost respect sets us apart from our competitors.