Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning

May 4, 2022
General News,

Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning- – It’s not just about cooling…

The first round of holidays are over, and winter is fast approaching. I can feel the chill in the air already. Previously, the Sunshine Coast has been pretty lucky avoiding the colder winters, but last year the polar air mass caused an extreme cold snap and we were waking up to ice on our windscreens, freezing temperatures outside and inside our homes. And it’s going to happen again this year, according to the latest BOM reports.

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That’s why you need a reverse cycle air conditioner in your home or office. Imagine waking up and getting dressed in 22° temperatures instead of 5 or 6°! From a small split in your bedroom to a complete ducting package for your entire home, Daikin’s range of reverse cycle air conditioners cool and heat to perfection.

How Does Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Work?

Reverse cycle air conditioners (also known as a heat pump) offer both cooling and heating to provide the ultimate year-round climate control. Instead of ‘creating’ energy like conventional heating and cooling systems, reverse cycle air conditioners absorb outdoor air and use refrigerant gas to cool or heat the air, before pumping it inside. This is a much more energy-efficient climate control technique.

But what is a Heat Pump?

A Heat Pump is a device that has the capability to use the refrigeration cycle to cool down an internal environment and reverse this cycle to warm it up.

This device transfers heat by circulating a chemical substance called “Refrigerant”. This refrigerant is a fluid that easily transfers Heat Energy during a change of Physical State – from gas to liquid and back again.

This means that, if the Refrigerant is moved around using a pump and its physical state is changed, then heat energy will be absorbed and rejected, allowing heat to be transferred from one place to another.

For this reason, a Heat Pump has four main parts:

  • Compressor: Pump for moving around the Refrigerant
  • Condenser: Coil that turns the Refrigerant from Gas into Liquid
  • Restriction Device: Device that turns Liquid into a Liquid Vapor Mixture
  • Evaporator: Coil that turns the Refrigerant from Liquid into Gas
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They’re extremely efficient
The one word you’ll hear over and over again when talking about reverse cycle systems is efficient… efficient in terms of energy use, efficient in cost over time, efficient in heating, efficient in cooling. They really do provide one of the most efficient means of heating a home available.

In fact, modern reverse cycle air conditioning systems are becoming more efficient over time, particularly in terms of energy consumption and cost, making them a very good investment in comfort and health. And as electricity prices continue to rise, air conditioner efficiency is becoming increasingly important. They’re efficient even in the most extreme conditions. For example, one kW of electricity consumed, will generate three or more kW of heating or cooling.

When comparing energy consumption for different air conditioners, remember there are different energy ratings, so ask a specialist to explain what the numbers mean. As with other appliances, the more stars your heating and cooling unit has, the more energy efficient it is.

cold winter heating reverse cycle

If you live in Brisbane or South East Queensland, reverse cycle air conditioning might be the perfect solution for you. Aside from offering adaptability and flexibility with the changing of the seasons, reverse cycle air conditioners are designed to help ease your electricity bills in both winter and summer. They can purify the air of your home, cost less to run, and produce a much lower level of greenhouse gases than their electric heater counterparts.

Contact us today for your free analysis and quote.