Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning System

A reverse cycle air-conditioning system denotes a system that can heat or cool a room from the same unit. Additionally, these systems dehumidify and filter the air. As a result, the room air becomes comfortable, clean and healthy.

It is an energy-efficient unit that ensures the room is warm during cold seasons and cool in hot weather.

How Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Work

As we already know, the reverse air conditioning system performs two roles, heating and cooling. We shall discuss how it performs these two functions separately.

Warming Indoor Air

During cold weather, you need to raise the air temperatures within the room to keep you warm. The reverse cycle works differently from traditional heating systems that must create energy to warm indoor rooms. Instead, the system absorbs heat from the outside air to warm up the air inside.

Technically speaking, the refrigerant goes through an external coil (condenser) which absorbs heat from the outside air. The refrigerant gets pumped by the compressor towards the fan coil units (evaporator) within the home. This action releases heat, thereby warming the room.

As this happens, cold air from the room is pulled into the system. The external coil reverses its role to become an evaporator that discharges the colder air from the outside.

Cooling the Indoor Air

During hot seasons, you need to switch the system to cooling mode. The unit draws cold air from the outside and releases it to the inside of a house. The condenser and the evaporator exchange roles and act in an opposite fashion when warming the air.

Warm air in the house is also pulled into the system and dissipated outside. As a result, the indoor temperatures fall drastically to keep the home in desired heat levels.

Benefits of Reverse Cycle Systems

a. Two-in-one Solution: This kind of filtration system helps to keep your indoors warm and cool from the same unit. This feature helps to save on the cost of installing multiple systems to perform reverse roles.

b. Eco-friendly: The reverse cycle systems tend to have little greenhouse gas emissions compared to other systems such as the electric heaters. The refrigerant used today helps to lower global warming by 66% compared to conventional types.

c. Value for Money: The reverse cycle systems are energy efficient. They use heat transfer principles instead of creating energy, thus lesser energy consumption. Innovations in the systems help to make the systems use less energy. With modern systems, one kilowatt of electricity produces three or more kilowatts of heating or cooling.

d. Durability: These systems are designed to last. A good reverse cycle may last up to 20 years with proper care and maintenance.

e. Reduced Noise: The systems are quieter compared to most options. Therefore, users do not have to compromise their comfort for pleasant air.

f. Effectiveness: The reverse cycle comes fitted with thermostats and inverted technologies. These two components help the system adjust automatically, maintaining the indoor temperature at desired levels throughout seasons. Moreover, these features help to minimize the misuse of energy.


Installing a reverse cycle requires professional expertise. The expert determines the right size for your house or building and guides you on how to maintain the system. CLF Services is a one stop shop for this kind of services with expert technicians in the field.