Variable Speed Air Units Save More & Make Your Home More Comfortable
We’re only weeks away from those muggy Summer temperatures creeping into the Tampa Bay area, which means you’ll no doubt be turning the thermostat down to make your home more comfortable. And there’s more heavy usage on the horizon.
If you remember last summer’s energy bills being high & your air handler is over 10 years old, it means that your AC unit is rapidly becoming inefficient and you’re probably going to have to replace it soon. The great news is that in the ten or more years since you’d last replaced your compressor, air handlers have becoming not only more efficient but they’re now making your me less comfortable and less humid, which is a big point to consider living in the greater Hillsborough and Pinellas county area.
The biggest progress is the are of Variable Speed Units, which are the pinnacle of energy efficiency. So what’s the difference between a standard model and a variable speed air conditioning unit? Angie’s List describes the difference:
In a standard air conditioner, the air-handling component cycles on at full blast, delivering air into the home using 100 percent of its capacity. However, this much air isn’t always necessary, particularly when the cooling load of the home is lower.
Instead of cycling on and off repeatedly over the course of the day, a variable speed unit starts up at full speed in the morning to quickly restore the home to a comfortable level. Then, the unit reins in the speed, dropping down to a lower speed, but running nearly continuously throughout the day. The handler saves energy by operating at lower speeds, but energy savings also results from avoiding repeated stops and starts, a process that requires a large amount of electricity.
Next week we’ll talk about the real benefits of having a variable speed unit & what that means too your and your pocket book!