Last Updated Dec 6, 2010 · Written by Craig Gibson
If you are looking to reduce your energy bills substantially, fitting a reverse cycle heating systems - otherwise known as a heat pump - could be the answer to your heating needs.
Compared to conventional electric systems you could be looking at savings of up to a third of the total annual cost of your energy bill. Reverse cycle systems are an energy efficient method of heating or cooling a home. They can also be used to heat the water for your home. Reverse cycle systems operate by extracting and utilising the ambient heat that is in the air outside, or in the ground. Another bonus of these systems is that during summer, they can reverse the cycle and introduce cool air into your home. And when it comes to selling your home, potential buyers may well be attracted by this energy efficient heating system – so it may be a deal clincher!
Air sourced systems work on a fairly simple principle, namely:
There are also ground based systems, which work on a similar theory, except that they have coils planted in the soil, and absorb heat from the ground and not the atmosphere.
There are three primary types of installations for reverse cycle heating systems. These include:
Reverse cycle heating systems are economical and energy efficient, and are also:
Locate a supplier of reverse cycle heating systems on the pages of this site.