What Is a Reverse Cycle Chiller?

Heat pumps are very versatile devices. They can stand on their own, be part of a ducted or ductless system, and work with geothermal systems. Another new, exciting way to maximize the use of your air-source heat pump is with a reverse cycle chiller. Like all other heat pump systems, a reverse cycle chiller operates in both heating and cooling modes, but it can offer a few choices when it comes to heating. This new technology requires professional installation and service, and this is where the heating and cooling specialists at Comfort Central, Inc., come in. We have been installing and servicing reverse cycle chillers for a number of years, so you can rest assured that your reverse cycle chiller will operate as expected. First, let’s take a look at how this device works.

Heat pumps are very versatile devices. They can stand on their own, be part of a ducted or ductless system, and work with geothermal systems. Another new, exciting way to maximize the use of your air-source heat pump is with a reverse cycle chiller. Like all other heat pump systems, a reverse cycle chiller operates in both heating and cooling modes, but it can offer a few choices when it comes to heating. This new technology requires professional installation and service, and this is where the heating and cooling specialists at Comfort Central, Inc., come in. We have been installing and servicing reverse cycle chillers for a number of years, so you can rest assured that your reverse cycle chiller will operate as expected. First, let’s take a look at how this device works.

The Component

The chiller is a component that is added on to your existing heat pump system. It uses electricity for power, so it integrates well with your heat pump. The chiller works by heating or cooling water as needed, depending on the season. During the summer, it chills water down to 40 degrees and uses it to cool your home; in the winter months, the water can heat up to 115 degrees, even in temperatures as low as 17 degrees, and you can use this water for a number of things. Uses include:

  • Floor radiant heating
  • Hot water for your home
  • Snow melting
  • Ducted heating

Why Consider a Reverse Cycle Chiller?

  • Energy efficiency – reverse chillers use about 25-50% of the electricity of a whole home air conditioning system, making them very energy efficient.
  • Many are modular systems – using a modular system means you can easily expand the size of the system if needed simply by adding a new section.
  • Can be used with a back-up system – if you have concerns that your reverse chiller won’t produce enough heat in the winter, it will work with a back-up system, such as a gas furnace.

If you’ve been looking for a way to make your home’s operation in Asheville, NC, greener, call us today and see how a reverse cycle chiller can help.

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