What Is Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning?

By September 13, 2018Air Conditioning

Here in Sydney, we experience a wide-ranging climate, with sweltering summers and winters that, while not as bad as many other parts of the word, can get quite chilly. On top of this, many houses here (particularly older ones) are poorly insulated, which can make them feel icy cold in winter and quite stuffy in summer.

Because of this, it’s likely that you will need an air conditioner that both heats and cools to stay comfortable all year around. The solution? Reverse cycle air conditioning.
Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning

Reverse cycle air conditioning is ideal in Sydney because it has both heating and cooling capabilities, so it’s the most energy efficient option available. 

A reverse cycle air conditioner is a unit that has both heating and cooling capabilities. This is the most energy efficient way to control the climate in your home in both winter and summer as you will only need to install a single system, rather than separate ones for different seasons.

How Do They Work?

The way that reverse cycle air conditioners (also known as heat pumps) work is quite simple. They function in a similar way to a refrigerator in that they have an internal coil and external coil, which are connected by piping that is filled with refrigerant. When the unit is being used to warm a room, refrigerant is pumped from the compressor to the internal coil as a high pressure, producing heat, the refrigerant is then passed through the external coil expelling any cold air picked up at the internal coil. When the unit is in cooling mode, the role of the two coils is reversed by reversing the flow of the refrigerant.

What Are The Benefits of Using a Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner?

There are number of benefits of using a reverse cycle air conditioner:

• They are one of the most energy efficient ways to control the climate in your home

• They provide both heating and cooling, so you only have to buy a single system

• They remain cool to touch at all times because they have no exposed elements or flames

• They also filter and dehumidify air

• They are flexible, with a range of configurations and features to suit the needs of any home

• They run very quietly

• They are better for the environment

• They are extremely sturdy and will last for many years

What Kinds of Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners Are There?

The are different types of reverse cycle air conditioners to choose from, and deciding which is best for your home will depend on a few things, like how big your home is and how many rooms you wish to heat/cool.

Split Systems

This is the kind of system where the condenser is fixed externally outside the home and the head unit is fixed inside the home. These are connected by piping, which carries the refrigerant. The indoor unit is usually fitted to a wall. Split systems are area-specific, meaning they are limited to cooling/heating a single room so they are best suited to small properties or apartments. If the ability to heat or cool multiple rooms is needed, a multi-split system may be the better option for you.

Multi-Split Systems

Multi-split systems are systems with more than one indoor unit connected to a single outdoor unit. These systems can have up to seven internal units, and each one can be controlled independently. This means that specific rooms can be set at different temperatures, all from a remote. They are great for larger homes, or homes that wish to be able to control the temperature in several rooms.

Ducted Systems

Ducted systems consist of a heat pump, which is located outside or in a roof space, ducting that distributes the warm or cool air throughout a house, and vents that blow the conditioned air into a room. This type of air conditioning will require a certain amount of cavity space for installation, so may not be suited to every home. They are best suited to larger homes or commercial spaces looking to control the temperature throughout the entire building. Some ducted air conditioning systems even allow for separate zones, meaning you have temperature control of individual rooms.

We are fully-licensed air conditioning installers (and electrical specialists) with a wealth of industry experience. We’re located in Sydney’s Inner West, and we service the greater metropolitan area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West.

From AC installations, to repairs and maintenance, we always make sure our customers receive the best possible experience. We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you’re thinking about installing reverse cycle air conditioning in your home or business. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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