All you need to know about reverse cycle air conditioners

When looking for a device to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter, “reverse cycle air conditioners” should be music to your ears. So before deciding on the type of system to work all year round for you, take a look at this week’s blog and learn the basics of reverse cycle air conditioning.

As technology continues to evolve, we always look for new and efficient ways to make our lives easier and more comfortable. However, comfort often translates into higher costs, that’s why the electricity bill is nothing to joke about when it comes to thermal comfort.

After proving in a previous blog that reverse cycle air conditioners are undoubtedly a better choice than electric heaters, let us walk you through the basics of this system.

What is a reverse cycle system? What is the mechanism behind it?

A reverse cycle air conditioner is a multi-purpose system that is able to cool your home in summer and warm it in winter. Looks like a perfect match for your climate control needs, doesn’t it?

Technically speaking, when set in cooling mode, the system extracts heat from the inside air and, with the help of a fan, it is passed over a cold liquid called a refrigerant. Next, this refrigerant flows into a compressor and transforms into a high-temperature gas. Finally, the hot air is released outside the house through a heat exchanger while the refrigerant cools and liquefies in order to repeat the process and absorb heat again.

For the warming mode, as its name suggests, the cycle is reversed while the mechanism stays the same.

 What are the features of a reverse cycle AC?

Now that we’ve briefly explained how a reverse cycle AC works, it is important to know its main components as well as the role they play in the system.

  • The vents – are typically installed in the ceiling or walls, helping distribute the air in a certain direction
  • The controllers – enables temperature control throughout your home; there is usually one controller (mounted on the wall) for the entire system. For your convenience, you can also add extra controllers if you own a big house with multiple bedrooms
  • The sensors – have an important role in the process. They help the controllers maintain the temperature at the desired levels
  • The “zones” – are an optional function yet very popular in reverse cycle air conditioners’ world. Zoning is, in fact, another way of saying “total climate control”. Technically, you can divide your home into different zones and decide which one to turn or off. You can also adjust different set points depending on your preferences. For more information about zoning and why it is good for you, click on the air conditioning zoning link

How to choose the right reverse cycle system for your home?

You probably asked yourself the question: “How should I select the reverse cycle AC that best fits my home?” The answer is not that simple as you have to take into consideration many factors such as:

  • the floor plan of your house (number of levels, rooms dimensions, etc.)
  • the level of insulation
  • the number of occupants
  • the main use of each area

If having an “all-year-round-weather-defying” system is on top of your wish list, then a reverse cycle system is for it.

Stay tuned for more information about reverse cycle air conditioners and learn about the benefits offered in our next week’s blog.

Your friend and AC expert,

John Ricca

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