Air conditioner technology has been advancing over the years.
If you have an old air conditioner, it has two speeds – Full blast and off. Basically, your thermostat tells your air conditioner to cool your home. Your air conditioner turns on at full power and runs until your thermostat tells it to stop. This is the way old systems work. There are many reasons to stop using that technology.
How does a variable speed air conditioner work?
When your thermostat tells your variable speed air conditioner to cool off your home it turns on at a low speed. It goes to higher speeds based on how much you need to cool. If you turn your thermostat from 90 to 60 it will most likely go to full power. If your thermostat is telling your air conditioner to cool your home 1 or 2 degrees then it will probably turn on the lowest speed.
What are the benefits of a variable speed air conditioner?
There are a lot of benefits to a variable speed air conditioner. Here are the top 5:
- Energy efficiency: Since your air conditioner will turn on at lower speeds, it is more energy efficient. An old system will run at 100% power when all it needs is 20%.
- Better indoor air quality: With your variable speed air conditioner running longer at lower speeds, you will be pushing more air through the filter and circulating more air through your home. As long as you change your filter when needed, your indoor air quality will improve.
- Quieter: Your air conditioner will not be turning on full blast when it is not needed. That makes the operation a lot quieter. You may not even hear it turn on.
- Better comfort: With the variable speed air conditioner running longer at lower speeds, you will have a more consistent temperature throughout your home.
- Less wear and tear: A variable speed air conditioner will run longer than an older one but it will turn on and off less. This will decrease wear and tear on your system.