A Review of Ducted Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning
When it comes to selecting a suitable air conditioning unit, a ducted reverse cycle system is probably your best choice. However, you need to be careful about which model you choose. The fact that there are so many models out there, only makes your choice harder.
Here’s a guide to selecting the ideal conditioning unit.
• Make the necessary adjustments to your house
It is essential that you make necessary adjustments to ensure your unit of choice functions efficiently. This entails slightly tweaking the layout of your apartment. Make sure your apartment is adequately insulated by installing roof vents, window screens and shades.
Also, note that some units tend to be quite noisy when in operation. Locate such systems in an appropriate place where they won’t be a nuisance to neighbours.
• Starting points
There are no shortcuts when ducted reverse cycle air conditioners are involved. Consult an experienced technician on the factors that determine aspects such as size, design and layout of the unit.
• What reverse cycle means
Air conditioning units work on a heat pump principle. A rotating fan channels warm air from your apartment through a refrigerant. The mechanism cools air by absorbing heat. The cold air is then channeled back to your house.
Upon absorbing the hot air, the refrigerant evaporates and funnels into a compressor. Here it converts into a high-pressure gas. The gas then passes through an external heat exchanger where heat escapes allowing the refrigerant to cool and liquefy. The coolant then flows through a low-pressure expansion device where it cools further in readiness for heat absorption.
• Selecting an ideal system
Before you settle on a ducted reverse cycle air conditioning unit for your home, here are a few insightful tips you ought to consider:
– Your apartment’s floor plan taking into account ceiling height, room dimensions and the number of levels.
– Size, positioning and layout of windows and doors.
– Insulation levels.
– The number of occupants.
– The purpose of each zone (cooking, living or sleeping).
– The nature of your outdoor space.
Features to consider
Zoning refers to partitioning your home into different zones for both convenience and economy. This feature allows you to use air conditioning for only the part of the house you occupy.
These are suitable for homes with a tiny ceiling space. You can install them on the ceiling or walls.
These can either be wired or mounted on the wall. One controller is sufficient; however, large homes could require extra controllers for convenience purposes.
These help keep track of a room’s temperature.
Once you access a quote, it’s always advisable to visit the manufacturer’s website to view the full range of features.
Ducts should be thermally efficient to avoid losing valuable heat or cold during the conditioning process. The ducting of the model you choose meets the Australian standard for ductwork.
– Operating expenses will depend on the following:
– The size of your unit
– The energy efficiency of the unit
– Nature of your home’s construction
– The electricity rate
– The temperature settings
A ducted reverse cycle air conditioning unit is a worthwhile investment in any home. It is versatile, energy efficient and easy to use while guaranteeing long years of service. Contact us today for a free quote.