A ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system is the perfect way to cool your home in a lot of cases. Wondering if it's right for you? Here are some signs you may want to consider this type of cooling system for your home.
1. You Want a Ducted System
If your current HVAC system is ducted, it can be fairly easy to switch to a ducted reverse cycle air conditioner — the installer simply hooks up the new equipment to your old ducts. Similarly, if you are building a new home, it's relatively straightforward to integrate ducts during the building process.
However, if your home doesn't have ducts, you will have to add them. Those modifications can be expensive and awkward in some cases. In those situations, you may want to consider a ductless cooling solution.
2. You Have Moderate Heating Needs
One of the benefits of a reverse cycle cooling system is that you can also use it to heat your home. However, unlike a traditional HVAC system, this type of system doesn't use a furnace for heating. Instead, it uses a heat pump.
Heat pumps work the opposite way of reverse cycle air conditioners. Basically, your system just runs in reverse during the winter. Heat pumps tend to be more efficient than other heating methods, but as the exterior temps drop, these systems lose efficiency. Talk with your installer to see if a heat pump is right for your home based on your climate.
3. You Have Room for an Outdoor Unit
With a wall or window unit air conditioner, you only need to have the indoor unit. However, with a reverse cycle ducted air conditioner, you need an outdoor unit as well. You need to ensure you have space for that if you decide you want this type of cooling system. With a reverse cycle ducted air conditioner, the fan takes hot air from your home, runs it over coolant or refrigerant, and then, lets the cool air back into your home. At this point, the refrigerant is hot enough to evaporate. The evaporated gas goes into the compressor which pumps it outside of your home to the heat exchanger unit. Finally, the heat escapes from the heat exchanger unit, the refrigerant cools down, and the cycle repeats again.
To learn more about reverse cycle ducted air conditioners, contact a heating and cooling specialist. They can answer your questions and help you choose the right system for your needs.