Reverse cycle air conditioners can heat and cool your home. In fact, a reverse cycle air conditioner, planned and installed by a specialist, is one of the most efficient ways to heat your home using electricity.
There are several types of reverse cycle air conditioners:
- Split systems
- Multi-unit split systems
- Ducted systems
In winter, a reverse cycle air conditioner absorbs heat from the outdoor air to warm the air inside. This is a more energy efficient heating technique than conventional heaters which ‘create’ heat energy.
In summer, a reverse cycle air conditioner absorbs heat from the inside air and dissipates it outside, leaving your home cooler. Advanced technology means modern air conditioners can continue to cool your home in high ambient temperatures.
Better quality reverse cycle systems provide inverter technology which can speed up or slow down the fan speed with varying demand, thereby saving energy and reducing noise.
The benefits of a reverse cycle air conditioner include:
- Only one appliance to heat and cool your home
- Energy efficient with the use of inverter technology
- Quiet operation
- Very precise climate control (good for asthma, allergies, babies, the elderly etc.)
- Filtered pollution-free air
A split system air conditioner has an indoor and outdoor component (hence the term “split”). The indoor unit is typically wall mounted, recessed into the ceiling (cassette type) or concealed in a bulkhead with the outdoor unit typically mounted at ground level. Single split systems are typically used to cool one area within the home. A multi-unit or multi-head split system has up to 5 indoor units connected to a single outdoor unit. The individual indoor units in different rooms, such as the living room, study, and bedrooms can be controlled independently to match your family’s lifestyle.
Split systems maximise energy efficiency as you only heat or cool the rooms and spaces required and you can set different temperatures in each room.
A ducted reverse cycle system has an indoor unit, typically mounted in the roof space with a compressor located outside, similar to add-on refrigerated air conditioning, with ducting routed to a series of outlets. The duct network is used to deliver heated or cooled air to the home.
Unlike add on air conditioning, reverse cycle is a standalone system and does not require connection to a gas ducted heater.
A single split system typically costs $3,000 – $5,000.
A multi head system to service multiple areas typically costs $8,000 – $20,000+.
A reverse cycle ducted system typically costs $12,000 – $20,000+.