As a homeowner, one of the more difficult decisions you'll have to make about your home air conditioner is when it's time for a new home air conditioning system.
You're researching online or have heard talk about variable speed AC compressors, two-stage compressors and the single stage compressor and Seer ratings. let us help by explaining some of those systems and terminology .
You're researching online or have heard talk about variable speed AC compressors, two-stage compressors and the single stage compressor and SEER ratings. Let us help by explaining some of those systems and terminology .
An air conditioning systems energy efficiency is classified by the S.E.E.R. rating. The SEER, which stands for (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), rating of the energy efficiency an air conditioning unit during a full season of operation. Using an air conditioning system with a higher SEER rating means the AC system uses energy more efficiently than an air conditioning unit with a lower SEER rating. The higher the SEER rating the more efficient the AC system is.
The cooling capacity of air conditioners is measured in tons. This number refers to the amount of heat In British Thermal Units (BTU) the air conditioner system can remove from a house within one hour. One ton of AC cooling capacity is 12000 BTU's per hour.
A single stage AC compressor operates at one speed all the time full speed, the thermostat controls the temperature in the house by turning the AC system and compressor on and off. From an efficiency standpoint, these are the least efficient type of air conditioning systems, as they are always running at full speed when on. A compressor draws the most power when it turns on. That is why you will see your lights flicker when your air conditioner turns on.
The two stage AC compressor means the compressor has two levels of operation: high for the very hot summer days and low for milder days.
A two stage AC unit is like actually having two units for the price of one. On milder days the compressor comes on initially at 70% and if it can't cool your house at that level it then moves to 100%. Since the low setting is adequate to meet home cooling demands 80% of the time, a two-stage unit runs for longer periods and produces a more consistent home indoor air temperature. The two stage compressor is more efficient than the single stage compressor because it doesn't cycle on and off as much, which means less wear and tear on the compressor and less power usage. The two stage system also removes twice as much humidity as the single stage system because the two stage stays on at the lower speed for a longer period of time.
The variable speed compressor is the quietest and most efficient offering we have today. It operates at different speeds depending on the need variation, anywhere from 25-100% of capacity. These compressors offer more speeds than the two stage systems. This allows the AC to cool your home at lower speeds for longer periods of time while still having the higher speeds available for when the outdoor temps require more cooling. The variable speed AC systems run longer without cycling on or off and stays only at the speed needed to keep you comfortable. Since the AC system runs longer without cycling it saves energy and allows excellent humidity control. This makes the variable speed system the most energy efficient of the three types of AC systems.
The Air Conditioner models listed below are just some of some of the many AC models we offer to our customers. Your Accurate HVAC Comfort Specialist will have a complete product selection to go over with you during your free in-home consultation.
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** To the original owner, when product is used in an owner-occupied residence, a 10-year parts limited warranty upon timely registration of your new equipment. Warranty period is 5 years if not registered within 90 days. Jurisdictions where warranty benefits cannot be conditioned on registration will automatically receive a 10-year parts limited warranty. See warranty certificate for complete details. *** Ask us for details.
****Residential Applications, This warranty is to the original purchasing owner only and is not available for subsequent owners. Except as otherwise stated, if the product is installed in a residence and is properly registered within 90 days after original installation (see Warranty Conditions below for registration instructions), then the warranty period will be ten (10) years from the date of installation. Otherwise the warranty period is five (5) years from the date of installation.
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