If it’s time to replace your home’s A/C and you’re looking for equipment that comes with benefits such as lower energy consumption, greater humidity control and increased comfort, two-stage cooling is an option that’s worth investigating.
Traditional vs. Two-Stage Air Conditioning
A traditional A/C has a single-speed compressor, so it operates at full capacity whenever the thermostat calls for cooling. The compressor in a two-stage air conditioner has two speeds: high and low. On high, it operates at 100-percent capacity, but on low, it runs at just around 67 percent. A two-stage system operates on low most of the time, but when extra cooling is needed, it automatically switches to high.
Let’s take a closer look at the advantages offered by two-stage air conditioning:
- Lower energy consumption – A two-stage unit’s low-speed operation is ideal for the spring and fall seasons when running the A/C at full capacity isn’t needed to keep your home comfortably cool. Even though it’s running for longer periods, you’ll see energy and cost savings.
- Increased comfort – With a single-speed A/C, you can expect dramatic temperature fluctuations when it cycles on and off. The issue is virtually eliminated with a two-stage system, since its extended cycling periods keep the temperature comfortably consistent.
- Greater humidity control – Because a two-stage compressor operates almost continuously, it can extract more humidity from the air. Even though it’s operating on low up to 80 percent of the time, the coils can draw in and evaporate more moisture than a single-speed A/C, which is a major advantage in Florida’s humid climate.
- Better air filtration – Longer cycling periods also give the system’s air filter more time to capture unhealthy particles and allergens.
- Extended equipment life – Frequent on-off cycling puts added strain on a compressor, which can eventually lead to a premature failure. When a two-speed A/C is professionally maintained, its low-speed operation and prolonged cycling periods can add years to the unit’s service life.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of efficient two-stage cooling for your Sarasota or Bradenton area home, please contact us at Aqua Plumbing & Air.
Written by John Miller
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