What to Look for in a Reverse Cycle Split System Air Conditioner

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Living in Australia, we enjoy some of the best weather in the world. But, unfortunately, for a few months of the year, it’s stinking bloody hot in summer and freezing bloody cold in winter.

But, Hello Breeze has the solution — a reverse cycle air split system air conditioner! It’s the perfect device to tackle all kinds of Aussie weather. 

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What is Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning?

What is Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning?

Reverse cycle air conditioners cool your home when it’s as hot as a shearer’s armpit.

AND they warm your home when it’s colder than a penguin’s ar*e. 

One unit, at the touch of a button. 

Installing a reverse cycle split system is one of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective ways to heat and cool your home year-round. 

And did you know they’re also the most popular type of AC in Australia?

Let’s have a Captain Cook at why Aussies love reverse cycle split system air conditioners.

Advantages of a Reverse Cycle Split System

We’ve already discussed how they’re cracking at energy efficiency and both heat AND warm. Let’s look at some other sweet as advantages:

They’re Adaptable 

Advanced inverter technology means your reverse cycle split system can quickly adapt to the room's conditions. When you switch it on, the system will gently adjust the output until it reaches your set temperature. Then, it steadily maintains it without fluctuating, so you can enjoy uninterrupted comfort and experience greater efficiency.

Advantages of a Reverse Cycle Split System
Advantages of Efficient and Portable Split System Heaters

They’re More Efficient than Portable Heaters

Plug-in, crank-’er-up portable electric heaters can be cheap to buy, but the utility company may charge like a wounded bull for their usage. 

Also, most portable heaters only warm small spaces — like the bathroom or your feet — which means the heat won’t warm your environment or whole body. 

So if you want to heat an entire room, a reverse cycle split system is just the ticket. 

Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Reverse cycle split systems typically produce 1/3 of the greenhouse gas emissions of your standard electric heater. 

Plus, many units on the market today use the new R32 refrigerant, which has a 70% lower global warming potential (GWP) than the more common R410A refrigerant. They also use 20% less refrigerant, which results in lower running costs.

Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions

They Can Be Professionally Installed

Professional air conditioner installers will not only do all the hard work for you, but they can evaluate your needs and advise on the most appropriate solution.

Unfortunately, there are some shonks out there. In fact, most people experience issues with their reverse cycle split system because of dodgy installation. And sometimes exposed ductwork can give a real headache if not properly setup.

But you won’t experience that with our rockstar installers — just read our 5-star reviews!

Now it’s time to discuss what deets to keep your eyeballs peeled for when buying a reverse cycle split system.

7 Features to Look for in a Reverse Cycle Split System

1. Size

If you think buying a massive unit will create an igloo effect in your home, sorry mate, you’d be wrong.

All it’ll do is make you feel cold and clammy — kind of like you’ve tied one on the night before. 

If you choose an AC that’s too big or too small, it will not only affect its performance, but you’ll be pretty ticked when you get the power bill.

Follow this air conditioner size guide to choose a suitable air conditioner capacity.

Room sizeExampleCapacity
Up to 20m2Bedroom, study, small kitchen2 to 2.5kW
From 20 to 40m2Bedroom with an ensuite, small lounge2.5 to 5kW
From 40 to 60m2Large bedroom, mid-sized lounge4 to 6kW
60m2 and aboveOpen-plan areas, large lounge5 to 9kW

If you’re looking for a whole-home heating and cooling solution, a ducted reverse cycle system may be the way to go.

Check out our super handy blog for more tips on choosing the right reverse cycle split system size. Or you can use the size calculator on our home page.

2. Air Filters

No one wants to breathe in stale, toxic air that smells like last night’s takeaway. A kick-ar*e air filter will ensure your home maintains the best indoor air quality possible and is free of dust, allergens, smoke, nasty germs, mould spores and unwanted odours.

Look for units with air purification filters and added layers of protection. Also, check whether the filters are removable and washable for easier cleaning.

Examples of split systems with good air filters:

  • Samsung’s Easy Filter Plus feature includes an anti-bacterial coating to protect your family from airborne contaminants.
  • Daikin’s range is one of the only units on the market approved by the National Asthma Council Australia.
  • Fujitsu’s washable Apple-Catechin Filter absorbs dust and allergens, and a long-life Ion Deodorisation Filter removes odours. 

3. Noise Levels

Some systems can generate a ton of noise, especially while going hammer and tongs. A super loud unit can be uber annoying while you’re working, watching TV or setting a mood.

And at night, you won’t be too jazzed about rolling over to turn the bloody thing off because it’s keeping you awake. 

What’s more, a noisy outdoor unit can get on your neighbour’s goat. If that’s a concern.

So, pay attention to the decibels (dBA) of the unit. Most standard air-con units operate anywhere between 19 and 60 dBA. The lower number is the decibel reading when the indoor unit is running on low, and the higher number is when it’s in beast mode.

Examples of whisper-quiet split systems:

4. Motion Detectors

Energy-saving motion sensors detect human movement and automatically switches the unit off or lower the output. 

Pets wandering in and out doesn’t count. And when you stroll back into the room, it powers back up.

Examples of clever split systems with motion detectors:

  • Daikin’s Cora series features a 2-Area-Intelligent Eye sensor that enables energy-saving if the room is unoccupied for 20 minutes.
  • MHIAA Avanti PLUS® Series switches itself off if it doesn’t detect movement.

5. Wi-Fi Connectivity

Units with remote and Wi-Fi capabilities allow you to easily adjust the temp without even setting foot in the room. 

Simply whip out your smartphone and open up the app. You can control the heating and cooling of your home, even if you’re at work, playing golf, or at the pub. Or if you’re having a shocker and run out the door and forget to switch the AC off. 

Some models also offer voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Examples of fantastic split systems with Wi-Fi connectivity:

6. Energy Efficiency

The more energy-efficient your air conditioner, the less it costs to run. Which means less money you have to fork over to the utility company.

Any reverse cycle split system purchased after 2020 will display a Zoned Energy Rating Label (ZERL). The ZERL provides a seasonal efficiency rating for our three climate zones: 

  • hot, 
  • average, and 
  • cold.
Zoned Energy Rating Label

Source: Energy Rating Aust.

This label will help you choose a suitable unit for your climate zone, and ratings run up to 10 stars for heating and cooling. Of course, the more stars, the more energy-efficient your unit is. 

Read our blog to discover the top 5 energy-efficient units on the market in Australia today.

7. The Warranty

So you need to know where you stand when it comes to broken or malfunctioning parts. 

Will you have to send a part back to China? Do you have to contact an outsourced call centre and sit on hold for hours?

Here at Hello Breeze, we only recommend (and sell) top-quality air conditioners designed for the Aussie climate and that stand by a solid warranty. 

So, you can rest easy; all our models come with a minimum of 5 years parts and labour warranty.

Don’t be a mug and suffer through another summer scorcher or winter ice age. 

Let us help you create a climate-controlled oasis in your home. We’ll ensure you receive a world-class system that operates effectively and efficiently and perfectly matches your needs, home and budget. 

Get a reverse cycle split system price online, or give us a bell today and talk to our friendly professionals. 

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