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Reverse cycle air conditioners allow you to cool and heat your home with the one appliance. The default mode works like a normal air conditioner, putting out cool air into your home. When you switch it to heating mode, the cycle reverses inside the appliance. The evaporator coil becomes the condenser coil while the outdoor condenser unit becomes the evaporator air, pushing cold air outside.
Reverse cycle air conditioners can either be a ducted or split system.
Reverse cycle ducted systems are ideal for heating or cooling the entire home. The cool or warm air is pumped to different rooms in your home through ducts installed in the roof cavity. There is also an outdoor compressor unit. Ducted systems can be used with zoning which allows you to switch off the air conditioner for certain rooms of the home that aren’t being used.
Reverse cycle split air conditioning systems have an outdoor compressor unit and at least one indoor wall unit. Often a single compressor unit will be connected to two or three indoor units. These systems are capable of heating or cooling the single room that they are placed in.
Both split and ducted reverse cycle systems will provide heating and cooling for your home. However, there are a number of differences between the two. Choosing the right system for your home will depend on a number of factors:
Home Size - Wall split air conditioning systems are more suited to small or medium sized homes as a single compressor can usually support 2-3 indoor units. Ducted systems work well for larger homes when you want the air conditioner to be available in every room.
Usage - When you use your air conditioner, do you like to cool the entire home with one button? Or do you prefer to just heat or cool the room that you’re in? Split systems are great for heating or cooling one room at a time. Ducted systems are ideal for heating and cooling the entire home. However, ducted systems can also use zoning to cool or heat a select number of rooms.
Appearance - Split systems are mounted on the wall and are more obvious than the ceiling ducts of ducted air conditioning. However, some modern split systems have attractive designs which can add to the aesthetics of a room.
Cost - Wall split systems are generally cheaper to buy and install than ducted systems. However, for large homes which require multiple outdoor units, it can be more affordable to go with a ducted system.
Reverse cycle air conditioners have an outdoor compressor unit and at least one indoor condenser and evaporator unit. The two units are connected by piping that is filled with refrigerant. On its default setting, the reverse cycle air conditioner will draw in air from outside, cooling it and releasing it into your home. When you select the heat cycle, the roles of the units reverses and the air conditioner releases warm air into your home.
The cost of a reverse cycle air conditioning will depend on the size and type of system you need, how much cabling and piping you’ll require and how long it will take to install. More energy efficient systems also tend to have a higher price.
Small split reverse cycle systems can cost around $600 to $1000 while larger, more powerful ones can cost up to $3000. Split systems can usually be installed in one day.
Ducted reverse cycle air conditioning systems will likely cost more than $5000. These can take two or more days to install, depending on the size and complexity.
The cost to run a reverse cycle air conditioning depends on a number of factors such as how often you use it, what you set the thermostat to and how large the space you’re cooling is. Air conditioners cost about 50c per hour to run which is a higher rate than many other household appliances. However, when you invest in a more energy efficient (more stars) appliance, you’ll end up paying less to run your air conditioner. Those who have solar power systems will also pay significantly less. One way to reduce your air conditioning costs is to turn up the temperature by two degrees. You’ll hardly feel the difference, but you will save about 20% more and get the most out of your solar power installations.
Here are some great tips for saving energy - and money - while using your reverse cycle air conditioner:
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