The fact that reverse cycle air conditioning can cool and heat in one system is one of its best features. Here are some further advantages of these systems.
Reverse-cycle units are efficient, particularly when it comes to heating a home. They work by extracting the warmth in the outside air: this heat warms up the refrigerant in the coils on the outdoor compressor unit. As the refrigerant moves through the coils to the indoor unit, the warmth is blown into the rooms.
This method is efficient as it doesn't use electricity to generate heat, as a radiant heater does. Instead, a reverse cycle uses the electricity to run the evaporator and compression units, which are connected with a closed circuit of refrigerant-filled coils. It is the refrigerant that moves the heat from one place to another.
Check the Zoned Energy Rating Label (ZERL) on the systems you're looking at to get the most efficient model for your climate. This label will rate the air conditioner's efficiency when it both heats and cools, depending on the zone of Australia it's located in, whether that's a hot, average or cold zone. Brisbane, for example, is in the hot zone, and Hobart is in the cold zone.
Because they're efficient, reverse-cycle air conditioners aren't as harmful to the environment as other kinds of home heating and cooling systems. Using less electricity, they release fewer greenhouse gases (which is typically what happens in the process of generating electricity). Additionally, reverse-cycle units can be run on solar panels if you decide to install them on your house. This option is not possible with gas heating.
Different Setup Options
Reverse-cycle air conditioning can be put together in a variety of ways to meet different needs. You can get ducted models if you want to heat and cool an entire house. These entail a more complex installation process as the duct network needs to be built into the ceiling cavity. A split system has an outdoor and an indoor wall-mounted component, with the two being connected with piping. Choose this option if you want to heat one area or room.
If you have several rooms to cool and heat but not the whole house, you could opt for a multi-split system that has one unit outside that connects to several indoor units. You could use a system like this to cover a living area and a couple of bedrooms.
Sometimes you might want a whole-house system, but the architecture doesn't allow for the duct network. You might not have a ceiling cavity or other spot in which to house them. In that case, you could fit several multi-split units instead.
To find out more, contact a company like Bell-Air Air Conditioning Pty Ltd.