Although the name gives some substantial insight into the nature of this type of air conditioning, it’s easy to assume that it is much more complicated than anticipated. But the truth is that once explained, it’s actually quite simple, and something that can easily be understood – giving you the confidence you need as a buyer in the market.
So, how does it work?
Before we get into the science behind it all, the best example to use is that of a household refrigerator used to chill your food. The same way that your kitchen fridge cools whatever you may put into it, a refrigerated air conditioner chills air before it is sent throughout your home’s living spaces.
The refrigerant component in the system uses low-pressure evaporator coils to change hot air into cool air by absorbing heat as it changes from a liquid into a gas. In order for the cooling to continue with efficiency, the gas is then converted back into a liquid.
Whether you need to cool a single room, a series of rooms (with a ducted or multi-head system), or large industrial and commercial spaces, refrigerated air conditioning is one of the most practical and sophisticated solutions available.
As seasons change, our need for climate control changes too. With the evolution of air conditioning technology comes new applications that can perform the exact opposite of one another with ease. This is why reverse cycle air conditioning has become such a popular choice for people looking to implement both a cooling and heating solution with one single system. Simply put, this just means that the flow of refrigerant in the air conditioner can change direction, allowing for both cooling and heating.
Other than being extremely convenient, this is one of the most energy-efficient systems on the market, producing over three times the cooling/heating output for every unit of electricity used to operate the air conditioner. This is incomparable with that of an electric heater where the ratio is one to one.
Taking the above information into account, one has to consider the year-round climate that they live in. With Northern Australia’s tropical climate, it would be unnecessary to have a reverse cycle air conditioner. But in Perth and surrounding areas where temperatures drop during the Winter months, it’s a great idea to install one of these systems that ensures optimal comfort, no matter the weather.
This is most frequently done with a ducted reverse cycle air conditioner – the same application and outcome, but being delivered via duct pipes that are often installed in the roof area of the infrastructure. This allows for even or targeted distribution throughout the building – without taking up unnecessary space on the wall and allowing for a more aesthetic outcome.
If you’re looking for the ultimate cooling system with the ability to serve as a sophisticated heater as well, then a reverse cycle refrigerated air conditioner (often ducted) is your answer. With the collaboration of style and convenience, what’s not to like?