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What You Need To Know About Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners

What You Need To Know About Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners

Intro to air conditioners, considerations on purchase, the reverse cycle air conditioner, benefits of it, and conclusion

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As technology gets better through time, more options are made available for mainstream consumers. These choices fall into several categories which are affected by price versus functionality. This too applies to air conditioners as endless variants are sold in most home utility stores. A lot of people simply cannot live without air conditions or even heating, especially in extreme temperate climates. Modern technology has enabled a lot of appliances to be fitted into a single package like that of a mobile phone, and in this case, modern air conditioners are the perfect example of practicality in home improvement.


When purchasing an air conditioner of any variant, it all falls towards the climate and environmental aspects that determine if you really need one or not. If you live in say a hot area like that of the tropics, most likely you will be more comfortable with an air conditioner at home. If you happen to be a foreigner living in Asian countries for example, the need for an air conditioner is a must if you live in hotter regions. On the other hand, if you live in a cold area, who can survive without adequate heating.

If you live in an area which has no need for either, then consider yourself lucky as owning any form of cooling or heating devices at home is proven to be costly and consumes a lot of electricity. In addition, your home’s design contributes further to the fact whether or not you really need an air conditioned device. If your home has multiple windows, proper and natural ventilation should prove to be more than adequate to suit your needs.

Reverse cycle air conditioner

A reverse cycle air conditioner works in the same way as that of a standard air conditioner but with the given option of turning it into a heater. In general, air conditioners work on the heat pump principle which basically allows the unit to transfer heat from one place to another. Common components include a compressor, a fan and a heat exchange coil, and of course refrigerant (Freon) to cool or heat the air.

There are a lot of variables that need to be taken into account when choosing to purchase and install a reverse cycle air conditioner as mentioned in the previous paragraph. Because this type of conditioner serves dual functionality of heating and cooling, you will be expected to pay more for this all in one package. Expect your yearly electricity bills to increase as well.


Besides the different design forms of reverse cycle air conditioners, expensive prices call for added benefits. The factors that affect the prices of these systems depend not only on the design, but also on the type and size, energy efficiency, daily to yearly usage, temperature control as well as how you plan to implement the conditioner with your home’s design. Other advantages of this particular design is that you can choose for it to act as a central cooling or heating device for multiple rooms and areas in your house.

As modern air conditioners are becoming more energy efficient, so is its technology. These modern air conditioners are usually fitted with an “inverter”, which is an electronic circuit that controls electricity use, voltage, and frequency. These power conversion circuits control the compressor which greatly affects the output. With a larger frequency, more control is added to how cool or how warm you want your air conditioner to work.


In a perfect world, every house should be equipped with the latest technology as the one discussed in this article. However, not everybody can afford up to date air conditioners and your environment is also a detrimental factor. With a hefty price comes the added benefits. You can always choose to install separate heaters and air conditioners if you do not care too much for practicality, or you can purchase a simplified and modern package which does all the work. In the end, it all falls back to personal choice to your needs and wants.

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