Find A Refrigerated Ducted Air Conditioning For Your Melbourne Home

Beyond Heating & Cooling are your local refrigerated reverse cycle ducted air conditioning experts in Melbourne. We are committed to providing all of our customers with high-quality air conditioning systems from leading brands including Braemar, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi and more.

Would you like all the benefits of an integrated cooling and heating system in your home? Reverse cycle ducted air conditioning gives you total climate control.

Enjoy cool air on a hot afternoon, a slightly warmer environment in the evening, and a comfortable temperature at night while sleeping.

If you want your system installed by a team of reputable and experienced tradesmen, contact the team at Beyond Heating & Cooling for a quote or for a chat to find out more about how we can help.

Here, we explain everything you should know about reverse cycle ducted air conditioning, so you can make an informed decision.

What is reverse cycle ducted air conditioning?

A ducted air conditioning system cools and heats your entire home. The system consists of:

  •  An indoor unit, installed in ceiling cavity or below the floor
  • An outdoor unit, roof-mounted, or in yard
  • Air ducts, connecting the indoor unit to air vents throughout the home
  • Room sensors

Reverse Cycle Ducted Refrigerated System

Is Ducted Air Conditioning Worth The Price?

Reverse cycle ducted air conditioning is an efficient and effective heating/cooling solution. But before spending thousands of dollars installing a ducted system, we can help you compare the cost with other cooling/heating options.
We can also discuss a split systems or an evaporative cooling system.
We will always give to the right advice.


You should also consider the energy and thermal efficiency of your home, to maximise savings on any air conditioning system you install.

What is a ‘reverse cycle’ system?

Air conditioning systems work on the principle of heat transfer. They transfer heat from one area to another.


  • First, the system fan extracts warm air from the room. Then, the warm air passes over a refrigerant liquid. The refrigerant absorbs the heat from the warm air, and the resulting cooled air is then circulated back into the room.
  • A compressor (the outdoor unit) takes the warm refrigerant and produces a high-temperature, high-pressure gas.
  • Next, a heat exchanger removes the heat from the gas and allows the gas to liquefy and become cool again.
  • Finally, the refrigerant goes into an expansion device. This lowers the temperature and pressure of the refrigerant further, and the recycled refrigerant is ready to use again.

A reverse cycle air conditioning system can ‘reverse’ this heat transfer cycle. So, it can heat/cool your entire house.

Things to consider when installing ducted air conditioning

When installing reverse cycle ducted air conditioning, there are a few things you need to consider.
There’s a big difference between installing this type of system in a new home and an existing home.

For an existing home, you need to be clear about the following things before getting quotes for installation:

Home Layout

  • Number of levels
  • Dimensions of each room/area
  • Ceiling height
  • Orientation of each room (North, South, East, West)

Windows and doors

  • Position, size, orientation

Construction material

  • Timber, brick, concrete, combination


  • Ceiling insulation
  • Under-floor or wall insulation

Occupancy & use

  • How many people live in the home?
  • Is the home occupied during the day?
  • How is each room/area used? (kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas)

Ceiling space

  • Is there a ceiling cavity available for ducts? If not, under-floor ducting may be possible.

Outdoor restrictions

  • Is there a suitable space to install the compressor?
  • Will the noise of the compressor be an issue for neighbours?

What are the main features?

Air conditioning system designs can differ, but the common components are:

  • Air vents – wall or ceiling mounted.
  • Controllers – wall-mounted, either one central controller or multiple controllers for a large multi-zone home.
  • Sensors – multiple sensors to maintain the target temperature in each room/zone.
  • Zone control – allows you to set temperatures independently in different zones for maximum economy and convenience.

Is ducted reverse cycle air conditioning efficient?

Yes, ducted air conditioning is very efficient. Typically, one kW of electricity produces at least 3 kW of heating/cooling capacity. All ducted air conditioning in Australia must comply with minimum requirements for energy performance.

Energy efficiency will also depend on the system you choose to have installed, if energy efficiency is important to you, the team at Beyond Heating & Cooling can recommend a system that will work as efficiently as possible, reducing your overall electricity cost.

Costs: buying & running a reverse cycle ducted air conditioning system

Each installation is unique, and so the price can vary.

Obviously, the number and size of rooms, among other factors, affect the overall cost.

We will inspect your home before providing you with a detailed quote. We also have a variety of systems available for you to choose from and provide 12 months interest-free on all ducted systems.

How much does it cost to run?

The running costs for a reverse cycle ducted air conditioning system vary according to:

  • System type and size
  • Energy efficiency of the system
  • How long/often you use the system
  • Design of your home (layout, insulation, size and number of windows, etc.)
  • How much you pay for electricity
  • Thermostat temperature selected


Here are some proven tips to keep running costs down:

  • Close all doors and windows when the air conditioning is on.
  • Use curtains/blinds on your windows (keeps heat out when hot outside, keeps heat in when cold outside).
  • Try to anticipate very hot or cold days, and turn your cooling/heating system on before room temperatures become uncomfortable.

Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of reverse cycle ducted air conditioning in your home? Contact Beyond Heating & Cooling today for a free quote.

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