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4 Tips to Help Running Costs Low on a Ducted Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning System

by Ivan Prescott

Both ducted reverse air conditioners and their ductless counterparts will, depending on the cycle, cool or heat your home. Reverse cycle units allow you to achieve all-year climate control with one system.

Cost-saving is always a big concern for all property owners. The overall costs of any air conditioning system will include both installation costs and running costs. Installing a ducted reverse air conditioner in a property that already has a network of ductwork will lower the installation costs.

Coming to the running costs on your ducted reverse air conditioner, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

1. Choose the Right Unit

When buying your air conditioning unit, pay attention to its energy-efficiency rating.  The Coefficient of Performance (COP) is a measure of your system's efficiency during the heating cycle. The Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) on the other hand is an indicator of the system's efficiency during the cooling cycle. Needless to say, an energy-efficient system will have lower running costs.

Additionally, you should talk to an HVAC specialist about choosing the right size of system for your property.  Installing a system that is too small or too big will cost you a great deal of money.

2. Invest in Professional Installation

As with all types of air conditioner units, the quality of workmanship during the installation will have a significant impact on the performance and lifespan of your ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system. Improper installation may lead to serious system inefficiencies that will only drive up your utility costs.

3. Take Care of Air Duct Leakages

You should ensure that you get an HVAC expert to fix any leakages on both your supply and return ductwork.  Air leaking out your ducts will put unnecessary strain on your ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system, such that it has to work harder to heat or cool your spaces. This will reduce the efficiency of your unit and increase your utility bills.

4. Watch Your Thermostat Settings

During the hot summer days, consider setting your thermostat to 25 degrees Celsius. An ideal temperature setting for the winter is 20 degrees Celsius. It will definitely show in your utility bill if your ducted reverse cycle air conditioning has to work to raise the temperature even one degree during winter and lower it one degree during summer. To keep the running costs low, don't set the temperature on the thermostat too high or too low.

Speak to a professional for more information about how to best use your ducted reverse cycle air conditioning unit.