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Reverse-Cycle Air Conditioning System? Yes Please!

by غزل موسوی

In a large number of cases, homeowners choose to upgrade household appliances such as the refrigerator and the air conditioner when renovating or remodeling the house.

A home renovation exercise does not necessarily have to involve the replacement of the mentioned household appliances. However, some replacements/upgrades are worth their every penny. This article answers three questions that a homeowner may have when looking to invest in a reverse cycle air conditioning system.

What's Different About Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Systems?

The need to increase energy efficiency around the house is often the main reason for the replacement of less advanced air conditioning systems.

Reverse cycle conditioners are different from their conventional-style counterpart in the sense that they don't use electricity to generate the heat given off when the air conditioning system is operational. Instead, reverse cycle conditioners are designed to "trap" heat from the outdoor environment. "Trapping" in this context refers to the absorption of atmospheric heat by the refrigerant gas in the reverse cycle system.

The operation of a reverse cycle air conditioning system eliminates the need for the creation of heat using electrically-powered heating elements. Thus, the operation of reverse cycle conditioners will use up less electrical power than the operation of their conventional-style rivals.

What Type Of Reverse Cycle Conditioning Systems Are Available?

  • The portable system: Portability is the selling point for this category of reverse cycle conditioners. When used indoors, the units are connected to a standard power point while outdoor units will often be seen hanging outside open windows. A portable system would be ideal for frequent movers or for situations in which the air conditioner cannot be installed permanently.
  • The split system: The average split system unit is made up of a compressor that is installed outdoors and a condenser that is installed inside the room that needs heating/cooling. Pipes carrying the refrigerant gas are used to connect the two components of split system conditioning units. Because these units have their compressors installed outdoors, their operation is much quieter than that of their portable counterparts.

What's The Most Important Feature To Look For In A Reverse Cycle Conditioner?

Energy rating is perhaps the most important factor to consider when choosing between different conditioning units from different manufacturers. As such, the energy rating label is among the most important features that a homeowner should look for when looking to upgrade.

The energy rating in an air conditioning unit is given in the form of stars. Air conditioning units are assigned a star rating of between 1 and 6. The higher the star rating, the more energy efficient the unit.