A type of AC that is very popular in places that have frequently changing climates is the ducted reverse cycle. It’s very useful where climate change a lot since it just doesn’t cool air but also heats up during winter. This type of AC is nearly impossible to install without any help from a technician or expert since it needs to be installed all over the house and not just in one spot. This type of AC can save you money as opposed to having two different devices that heat and cool.
Before we discuss the eight things you need to consider before getting a ducted reverse cycle AC, here are some things that will give you a better understanding of how this AC works.
By “reverse cycle”, it means it can function as a heater or cooler without the need of having a separate AC. Here are the steps of its process:
-a fan inside gets hot air and puts it through the refrigerant, which converts the hot air to cold liquid
-the refrigerant evaporates the hot air and pushes it through the compressor where it becomes converted to a high-pressure and high-temperature gas
-this gas gets pushed out of the building, and this process allows the refrigerant to repeat the cooling cycle from hot air to cold liquid
-this process is a cycle and can be reversed to produce heat during winter
Now, here are the things you need to consider before deciding that a reverse cycle AC is what you need:
1. Number of floors and area
You need to look at how many floors are there and how big is the area. These figures will tell you how long it will take for a reverse cycle AC to heat up or cool the room or the entire floor. The number and direction of the rooms or orientation to the sun is a factor that affects the time it will take for the AC to completely heat up or cool rooms.
2. The make of the building
The materials used for walls and floor also affect the ACs function. They can either absorb or deflect the air produced by the AC. Glazed tile, natural stone, or concrete floorings are often cold and can absorb heat when under direct heat. These types of floors can be beneficial and helpful for duct reverse cycle ACs to work correctly.
3. Ceiling cavity space
Wide roof spaces or attic spaces are needed to install the system.
4. Purpose of each room
Dining room, bedrooms, living rooms, etc.
5. Number of occupants
The number of people in your home is also a significant figure that helps you understand people need cold air or heat.
6. Insulation level
7. Outdoor spaces
How big or small your outdoor space is also something you have to consider especially if your house is close to your neighbor’s. Duct reverse cycle ACs can’t function quietly, so the compressor units should be where noise isn’t an issue.
8. The need for a three-phase power supply
Apparently, big houses require larger AC systems and vice versa. Larger systems and larger homes require a three-phase power supply, and if you don’t have this yet, it might cost extra to get these installed.