Reverse cycle air conditioning system is one of the best choices for homeowners and gives them complete climate control in every season of the year. Using a ducted system means that all different parts of your house will be reached and every space can be catered to.
A reverse cycle refers to a style of air conditioning system with both heating and cooling functions. Air conditioners work on a heat pump principle. It means that they pump heat from one place to another.
How a reverse cycle air conditioning works:
- A fan draws hot air from your house over a cold liquid called ‘refrigerant’. Heat is absorbed from the air, cooling it. The air then flows back into your house.
- The refrigerant warmed from the hot air, evaporates and flows into a compressor, which creates a high-pressure, high-temperature gas.
- This gas is then pumped through a heat exchanger outside your home, which allows heat to escape and the refrigerant to cool and liquefy again.
- The refrigerant flows through an expansion device that lowers its pressure, cooling it further, so it can absorb heat again.
- Reverse-cycle air conditioners, as the name suggests, can reverse this process and be used for both cooling and heating.
What’s a good starting point?
What does ‘reverse cycle’ actually, mean?
When you want to buy a ducted reverse cycle air conditioning, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The right size, design, and ducting layout depend on some factors that have to be determined by qualified and experienced suppliers. They will carefully consider the size and layout of your home, your individual needs, and your budget before providing you with the best options for your individual situation.
What is The best ducted air conditioning system for you
There are a few important items you’ll need to consider when looking at installing a brand new ducted system in an existing house. It’s helpful to have all of the following details before you start shopping around:
- Your house’s floor plan: number of the levels, dimensions of the rooms, the ceiling height, and direction of the rooms face.
- The position, size as well as the orientation of windows and doors
- The type of construction (for example, weatherboard or brick veneer)
- The level of insulation
- The number of people who live in a house
- The usage of each area (for instance, kitchen, bedroom, living).
- The outdoor area limitations–as an outdoor compressor unit makes noise, it should be installed somewhere where won’t disturb your neighbor’s comfort
- Some large AC systems may require a three-phase power supply, imposing extra installation cost if you don’t already have it
Features for installing a new reverse cycle air conditioning system that should be considered
Zones: Most systems divide your house into zones for convenience and economy. It means that you can turn on the air conditioning for only one part of the house you want cooled or heated rather than the whole house.
Vents: There are various designs and can be installed within ceiling or walls. Slimline vents are available for houses with small ceiling spaces.
Controls: These are usually hard wired and mounted on a wall. You may have one controller for the entire system, but in a large house you might choose to mount extra controllers throughout your home for more convenience. Different controllers have different features so make sure you look carefully at the specs once your quote comes through.
Sensors: sensors are used by the controller to keep the room at the set temperature. Large, open-plan areas may need multiple sensors.
Visiting manufacturers’ websites to look at feature and specifications in greater detail is also highly recommended.
The ducting and cover are the key components of any ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system. Ducts need to be isolated and thermally efficient so that cooling or heating doesn’t escape between the AC unit and the target room.
The running costs of your ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system depend on many factors including:
- The type and size of your system
- The energy efficiency of your system
- The length of time you’re operating the system for
- The construction of your house (floor plan, level of insulation, size of windows, etc.)
- The electricity tariff you’re on
- The temperature you set: each degree Celsius lower/cooler you set it to in summer, and each degree higher/warmer in winter, will increase the running costs by 10-15%. As a guide to best practice, set the temperature to 25 degrees in summer, and 20 degrees in winter.
Make the investment
A ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system is a substantial investment for your house, but it is really an investment in long-term comfort, energy efficiency, ease of use and versatility. It will pay to do some research before shopping around for quotes.
We at Air Conditioning Equipment can provide you with the most qualified ducted air conditioning system. Call us for a free quote.