The 5 core components of a ducted reverse cycle unit

Ducted reverse cycle systems are known for their effectiveness, energy efficiency, reliability, and comfort. They essentially take regular air conditioners one notch higher by providing advanced features such as zoning options.

Because these units recycle the air in your home for both heating and cooling purposes, they reduce the need for energy consuming processes while enabling you to save on costs.

There are 5 main components that every ducted reverse cycle system uses. Knowing more about each of these 5 parts will enable you to take better care of your unit and to prepare for maintenance as necessary.

The duct work

Perhaps the most obvious component is the ductwork. Ducted air conditioners (both regular and reverse cycle systems) rely on a network of ducts and vents to deliver air into various rooms in your home.

Keeping your ductwork in good condition can reduce your energy consumption by as much as 20%. This is because the ducts deliver warm or cool air on demand, and they need to be cleaned, sealed, and well maintained in order to work effectively.

The evaporator and condenser coils

For reverse cycle systems to deliver both cool and warm air, they rely on a system of coils for removing/adding heat to incoming air. The evaporator coil is typically located indoors. It is responsible for absorbing heat from the warm air in your home so that the air supply becomes cooler.

The evaporator coil contains a refrigerant fluid that absorbs this heat and transports it outside your home to the condenser coil. In the condenser coil, the warm refrigerant fluid is cooled under high pressure and it releases the heat outdoors.

Refrigerant piping

The refrigerant piping is essentially a transport channel for moving refrigerant fluid between the evaporator and condenser coils. Remember that this fluid is responsible for expelling heat from your home in the summer and supplying warm air in the home during the winter.

Return air filter and fan

As air from the outside unit is channelled back into your home, it needs to be filtered. Debris, dust, and other foreign particles need to be removed so you can enjoy a fresh supply of air.

The return air filter carries out this function. After filtration, the blower fan propels warm or cool air into your ductwork and into various rooms around the home.

The thermostat

Perhaps the most familiar component of a reverse cycle system is the thermostat. The thermostat regulates air temperature by sending relevant signals to the coil system. It serves as the main interface allowing you to control your indoor air supply.

To learn more about how to care for these various parts of your system, contact a local air conditioning installation company.