A conventional central air conditioner works as an “on/off” system, or a “single-stage” system. This means that the air conditioner’s operating speed does not vary; the fans run at a single speed for the entirety of the cooling cycle, and then shut off.
There’s nothing overtly wrong with using a single-stage air conditioner if you only are looking for basic cooling. You will still receive an air conditioned home, and as long as the system receives routine maintenance and repairs as necessary, it should work for your household for many years.
However, there is an alternative to an on/off air conditioner: a variable speed unit. These air conditioners automatically vary their operating speed to match the current needs of a home. Below are some reasons you should consider installing a variable speed AC.
- They are extremely energy efficient and can save you money on your power bills every month. Because these systems operate in increments—running from 40% capacity to 100% rather than remaining at 100% all the time—they consume significantly less power to run while providing the same level of comfort. This lowers the payback period for the installation cost.
- The distribution of conditioned air is more even thanks to the extended cooling cycle that sends out the air at a lower but more consistent speed.
- Variable-speed ACs have better humidity control because they pull more moisture out of the indoor air during the longer cycles.
- They run quieter than standard air conditioners. If noise is an issue for you, a variable speed AC may be the system you are looking for.
A variable-speed air conditioner may not be the right fit for your home or budget, so you should always consult with professional installers in order to make the right choice. They will find the best new AC to meet your needs.
If you are interested in learning more about variable speed air conditioning installation, just call the team at JW Heating and Air. We service Lakewood, CA and all of the Greater Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Valley areas.