If you’re looking for a new air conditioning system for your home, consider checking out a variable-speed air conditioner. In today’s post, local HVAC company Allison Air Conditioning discusses how it works, as well as its benefits over other systems.
How Do Variable-Speed Air Conditioners Work?
To understand how variable-speed or modulating air conditioners work, let’s first take a look at how a “standard” single-stage air conditioner works. A single-stage air conditioner simply blows cold air into the room and stops when the room has reached the desired temperature. It always operates at 100%. It’s either on or off–there’s no in-between.
Variable-speed air conditioners, on the other hand, steadily blow cold air into the room and rarely turn themselves off. They can operate as low as 25% to 30% capacity, and only raise their output when the room temperature drastically rises.
Reasons to Choose Variable-Speed Air Conditioners
Variable-speed air conditioners are suitable for whole-home cooling for several reasons:
Efficient dehumidification — Since it has a longer operating time, a variable-speed air conditioner dehumidifies the air more efficiently. For homes with average moisture levels, it may eliminate the need to purchase a separate dehumidifier.
Consistent cooling — If all the rooms in the house have the same cooling requirements, then a variable-speed air conditioner may be better. Your air conditioning service contractor may recommend a mini-split system if parts of the house have dramatically different cooling needs.
Energy savings — As described above, a variable-speed air conditioner operates at a fraction of its full capacity, which can help you save on energy costs. It’s also less vulnerable to damage caused by wear and tear.
Is a Variable-Speed Air Conditioner Right for You?
It’s important to note that a variable-speed air conditioner isn’t a “Swiss Army knife” solution for cooling needs. One of the advantages of single- or dual-stage air conditioners is that they generally cost less and have simpler maintenance requirements. Another is that they’re perfectly suitable for individual rooms, whereas variable-speed air conditioners work best as whole-home systems. If you’re unsure which system works best with your home, consult with an HVAC technician.
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