How Reverse Cycle Works
A reverse-cycle air conditioner can both warm and cool your home. Also known as a ‘heat pump’, such air-conditioners use a refrigeration cycle to cool the internal environment, and a reverse refrigeration cycle to warm it up.
To heat your home, a reverse-cycle system extracts heat from the outside air, even on a cold mid-winters night, and draws it inside. A cold liquid, known as a refrigerant, is passed through an external coil, absorbing heat from the air. This refrigerant is then pumped by a compressor, down through chambers and into a condenser. As the refrigerant is compressed, it warms up. The hot air that results is then pushed by a fan, out into the room, warming the area. Once this is completed, the refrigerant flows through an evaporator to cool it down before being pumped back into the condenser to repeat the cycle. When this process is reversed, cold air is blown into your home instead, cooling you down on hot summer days.
While reverse-cycle air-conditioning does cost more to purchase and operate than evaporative air-conditioning, it does offer a great range of benefits. It is arguably one of the most effective climate control systems available for your home and gives you the ability to both cool or warm the air, offering complete climate control. Reverse-cycle systems are also very effective in persistently humid climates.
Inverter Technology is now included with reverse-cycle air conditioners produced by leading manufacturers. Inverter Technology enables reverse-cycle systems to operate far more efficiently than non-inverter models. Unlike a traditional system with only ‘on/off’ settings, inverter air-conditioners automatically adjust power to reach the desired room temperature gently and maintain it steadily. This ability to self-adjust power requirements means an Inverter air-conditioner can be more economical to run and reaches the desired temperature more quickly than conventional models.
Jarrahdale Heating & Cooling are proud to offer a large range of reverse-cycle air-conditioning systems incorporating this sophisticated technology. Our innovative partners, including Fujitsu, Dakin and LG, all offer ducted reverse-cycle systems and wall splits with Inverter Technology.