Reverse Cycle Heating and Cooling

Reverse Cycle Heating and Cooling Melbourne

Reverse cycle heating and cooling is more common in Australia than you’d think, and for good reason. This country is blessed with one of the most comfortable climates in the world, offering warm springs, pleasant autumns and beautifully beach-ready summers, whilst still having the cold winters to bundle up and appreciate the rain. However, this also means that we can’t be sure that we’re going to have the same temperatures year around, and that we’ll need both heating and cooling to stay comfortable year-round. That’s where reverse cycle air conditioners come in.



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What is Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning?

As we mentioned previously, Australia’s climate allows for blisteringly hot summers as well as cold winters, so heating and cooling are both essential. That’s where reverse cycle air conditioners thrive, allowing you to both heat and cool your home using the same machine. This makes them a fantastic option for those that want an efficient, space-saving solution to their air treating needs.

How Does Reverse Cycle Heating and Cooling Work?

The two-for-one deal of reverse cycle heating and cooling is an interesting process. For those that have exclusively worked with your traditional evaporative cooling systems, the idea that one could also heat a room doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense. However, in practice, the process is actually quite simple. When cool, the system works just like any other air conditioner, but when you start heating up a room, the system goes into reverse.

The parts of your air conditioner that are outside flip, with the outdoor condenser becoming the new evaporation system. This means that the cool air which would have been pushed into your home is instead pushed out into the world. Meanwhile, the internal component goes from being an evaporator coil to the condenser coil, thereby producing heat. This process is where the reverse cycle air conditioner gets the “reverse cycle” part of its name.

Can Any Air Conditioner Be Reverse Cycle?

Given the additional processes required to provide heating, the answer is, unfortunately, no, with most units simply being standard cooling systems. This means that they are fantastic in warmer weather conditions, but won’t really offer all that much in terms of heating help. This is why reverse cycle air conditioning systems are well worth the additional investment.

Are there Different Kinds of Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner?

As with any form of air conditioning unit, there will always be different styles and types suited to different situations. For example, there are reverse cycle ducted heating and cooling units which can provide treated air to multiple rooms or spaces at once. There are also larger more industrial units made for commercial purposes.

What Are the Benefits of Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners?

Whilst there are some more obvious benefits that are apparent just from the name alone, these units do offer a wealth of less immediate boons, including:

  • Being able to heat and cool your home all from one device.
  • The process of drawing heat from the outside air makes reverse cycle heating far more efficient than other means, such as electrical and gas.
  • Given the effectiveness of these systems, they use surprisingly little energy in producing heat and cooling.
  • Easy installations compared to two separate units for heating and cooling.
  • The eco-friendly option when compared with more traditional heating options.
  • Quiet comfort: Unlike other more traditional options, reverse cycle ducted heating and cooling, as well as other reverse cycle options, are very quiet.

Should I Get a Standard Reverse Cycle Unit or Reverse Cycle Ducted Heating and Cooling?

There’s no objectively better option when choosing between these two systems, as both will have benefits that the other doesn’t offer:

Reverse Cycle Split System Air Conditioners

These units are fantastic for use in one room and one room only. So, if you need to heat a bedroom or living area, these will absolutely be your best choice, not to mention your most efficient option.

Reverse Cycle Ducted Heating and Cooling Units

As the name suggests, these systems are ducted and are amazing if you need heating and cooling across an entire house or workplace. These units are connected to multiple spaces by vents and all go back to one outdoor-connected system which works similarly to the standard setup.

Whatever you decide to go with, just make sure that you have considered your options and gone for one that works specifically for your needs and requirements.

Why Work With Jacob Refrigeration For Your Reverse Cycle System?

Whilst Jacob Refrigeration itself has been working diligently to provide comprehensive heating and cooling solutions to residential, industrial and commercial clients across Melbourne since 2010, our team has a collective 35+ years of experience that we bring to every job. No matter what the specifics of your systems entail, we will be able to provide you with a professional specialist service that will stand the test of time. So, if you’re ready to take your proposed project to the next stage, get a free quote with us today.

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