Reverse cycle ducted air conditioning can bring a high degree of comfort and control to your home or office. The reverse cycle aspect means that you won’t have to rug up in winter because your air conditioner can heat as well as cool, while the ducted nature can help with efficiency and control. With so many options out there, how do you know which one is right for you?
It’s certainly not an easy decision to make and it will depend on many factors. You will need to take your budget into account, but when you think about price make sure that you consider the long term costs rather than just the up-front payments. While it may seem appealing to pick up the cheapest up front option, often these systems are less efficient and can cost you significantly more over the lifetime of the unit.
The Benefits of Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning
The main reason for getting a reverse cycle air conditioner is that you can use it year round. A reverse cycle isn’t just for those sweltering months, but also the cold mornings when it’s hard to get out of bed. What many people don’t realise is that a reverse cycle air conditioner can also be one of the most efficient ways to heat your home.
The Benefits of Ducted Air Conditioning
Ducted air conditioning systems can be one of the most efficient options for controlling the temperature of whole houses and other large spaces. Many ducted air conditioners can be split into zones, which give you the flexibility to only heat or cool areas that are in use. This saves you both power and money.
The Best Actron Air Reverse Cycle Ducted Air Conditioners:
UltraSlim Low Profile
This is a great choice for those with space concerns. At just 249mm high, it is a very compact model with many great features. The UltraSlim is designed specifically for the Australian climate and has an operating range of between -25ºC and 50ºC. This makes it suitable for most Australians, whether you live in Darwin or Jindabyne.
It is designed with an innovative fan that keeps you in comfort without the loud noise of many other air conditioners. It also features a precise, high static design which allows it to effortlessly bring your space to a comfortable temperature.
The UltraSlim is easy to adjust with its wall controller. Changing the settings is intuitive and it has a large display with buttons that are easy to activate. It also utilises DC technology to make the inverter compressor up to 35% more efficient than an AC inverter unit. Similarly, the DC outdoor fan has five speed settings that make it up to 40% more efficient than the alternative technology.
The Actron Classic is a reliable unit that is engineered for year-round comfort. This ducted system is designed to provide more control for the homeowner, whether it is the middle of summer or a cold winter’s night.
The Classic has a wide operating range–from -10ºC to 50ºC. This means that you will be prepared for those extreme days of unseasonal weather. It also has a higher capacity than a lot of other systems. For example, in a hot Australian summer, when it’s 46ºC outside, the Classic can function with 85% more capacity than conventional inverter systems. And while many conventional inverters take between 5 and 10 minutes just to get up to capacity, the Classic can do this almost immediately, bringing your room to a comfortable temperature much sooner.
It also features Classic Zoning, which allows you to divide your house in up to eight zones. This enables you to run the system more efficiently by controlling which zones are being cooled at any time. The Classic system also has ActronConnect as an optional feature. This App allows you to adjust your air conditioning from your laptop or phone, allowing you to do things like turn your air conditioning on when you are on your way home to make sure the temperature is comfortable for when you walk in the door.
The Energy Smart Performance (ESP) Plus leverages digital technology to provide energy savings and superb comfort. It is designed for precision control throughout the year, handling the demands of the hottest months and fending off the cold throughout winter.
The ESP Plus is engineered specifically with control and efficiency in mind. It features Energy Smart Zoning which allows you to split a home into different areas. Each zone can be controlled separately to reduce power usage. With Variable Fan Technology, the ESP Plus is capable of adjusting its airflow to as little as 20% of its capacity. This allows it to run in a wide range of situations without becoming inefficient.
One of the key aspects of the ESP Plus is its Digital Compressor. This enables it to operate at just 10% of its total capacity when necessary. Most conventional inverters can only get down to 40%, which means they often use significantly larger amounts of electricity than needed. The ESP Plus system also delivers consistent comfort by maintaining the temperature within 0.3ºC at the sensor location.
Another advantage of the ESP system is that it can get up to full capacity almost instantly. Most conventional inverters take between 5 and 10 minutes, which causes a delay in cooling down the room.
The various features of the ESP Plus all contribute to its excellent efficiency. It can be up to 60% more efficient than a conventional fixed speed air conditioner, which could save a household up to $3,500 over a 5 year period.
The Energy Smart Performance (ESP) Platinum is engineered to withstand the hottest and coldest conditions Australia can throw at it. Where other reverse cycle ducted air conditioners can struggle and shut down, the ESP Platinum will power on.
The ESP Platinum features Energy Smart Zoning which allows you to split a home into different areas. Each zone can be controlled separately for individual comfort and to reduce power usage. With Variable Fan Technology, the ESP Platinum is capable of adjusting its airflow to as little as 20% of its capacity. This allows it to run in a wide range of situations without becoming inefficient.
The ESP Platinum also features world leading Tru-Inverter technology, which it uses to deliver the perfect amount of heating and cooling, right down to a fraction of a degree. And it does so fast, heating and cooling 5 times faster than conventional inverter systems. ESP Platinum gets to the desired temperature faster, smoother, and maintains it to within +/-0.3°C at the sensor location. That means more comfort, and a more comfortable energy bill.
ESP Platinum also allows you to upgrade to Ultima functionality, which is an optional feature that enables you to set different temperatures in each zone at the same time, which is great for the comfort of everyone in your home.
The various features of the ESP Platinum all contribute to its excellent energy efficiency. It can be up to 75% more efficient than a conventional fixed speed air conditioner, which could save a household up to $4,500 over a 5 year period.
Which Reverse Cycle Ducted Air Conditioning System is Best For You?
The systems mentioned above are all great choices for a wide range of situations. The one that is most suitable for you will depend on your unique circumstances. Consider your budget over both the long and short term, as well as which features appeal to you the most. More details on each option can be found on the UltraSlim, Classic, ESP Plus and ESP Platinum pages. You can talk to our customer service representatives for further information as well as pricing enquiries.