In today’s world, with a mind-boggling array of home air-conditioning options, making a right choice can be quite intimidating. Wrong choice would mean a real headache in the months ahead. Not only would it be an energy guzzling, inefficient behemoth of a system that runs up huge bills month after month, it will also mean a sizeable investment of time and money, should you decide to change it later. It is thus worthwhile, to spend some time researching and weighing up all the different systems available out there before making the final call.
Amongst the various air conditioning systems, the reverse cycle system has the potential to be the perfect solution to you needs. Before we talk about evaluating the pros and cons, let us explain what it actually does.
So, what exactly is ducted reverse cycle air conditioning?
Ducted reverse cycle air conditioning (also known as heat pump), as the name suggests, is a system that uses a network of ducts with outlets to pump conditioned air within the house. As with a normal ducted system, the compressor is placed outside, while the internal unit is placed within the roof and connected to the ductwork. Depending on the climate function chosen, warmed or cooled air is pumped to all rooms that have an outlet. This ability to switch between warm and cooled air based on individual room requirements is what makes the reverse cycle system unique.
How does it work?
During winter, the reverse cycle air conditioning pulls in heat from the outside air and transfers it to the inside of a house or a building. A refrigerant is pushed through an external coil to make it absorb the heat from the outside air. This refrigerant then flows back to the compressor into the condenser, from where it is pumped out to inside the home, thus heating the rooms.
During summer, when you need the rooms cooled, the refrigerant cycle is simply reversed, ensuring cool air is pumped through the outlets.
What are the advantages?
- One of the most economical dual-purpose solutions for cooling and heating currently available.
- It is easily the most efficient heating system, managing to trump the electric heater by a long way in terms of energy efficiency. (the average electricity consumption of the Reverse cycle system is half or less than half that of the average heater).
- In addition to heating and cooling, it also filters the air and removes humidity, reducing chances of allergies and infections.
- The Reverse cycle system has an excellent average life span of about 20 years.
- The system does not have any components that are exposed, thus making it safer than traditional open-bar heaters.
- The ability to set zones in your house, allows the flexibility of heating only certain selected areas, leading to considerable cost savings.
Does it have any disadvantages?
- Being a complex system, it is expensive to install and maintain.
- It is not cost-effective to implement the system for a smaller area.
Is ducted reverse cycle air conditioning the best solution for my home?
- If you live in a place that has very hot summers and very cold winters, a single system that switches between cooling and heating, will always be more efficient and economical than having two (or more) separate systems.
- If your home or apartment has a large number of rooms and you are able to club them into temperature zones based on requirement, you must consider this air conditioning option.
- If you are able to meet the higher installation costs, you can surely go for it.
Hopefully this write-up will help you decide whether the ducted reverse cycle system ticks all the boxes for you. There are a number of different manufacturers with differing price points.
To get a feel of the costs involved, please get in touch with a qualified expert who will analyse your requirements and suggest the best system design for you.