If you’re upgrading an air conditioner soon, you know how important it is to choose one with a high efficiency rating. However, do you know what specific features lead to better efficiency and lower utility bills? One of the most important is a variable-speed air handler. The air handler is the fan responsible for blowing cooled air through the ductwork and into your home.
Unlike a single-speed air handler, this version can operate at multiple speeds, allowing air to move at the precise velocity needed to keep up with cooling demand. Here’s a look at some specific benefits of choosing this feature when upgrading an air conditioner:
- Cooling efficiency: Variable-speed air handlers consume less energy than single-speed models because they usually operate at lower speeds. This saves energy on your cooling bills.
- Quiet operation: Unlike single-speed air handlers, variable-speed options don’t cycle on and off frequently. They usually run at a continuous low speed, which is less noisy than one kicking on and off at full power.
- More uniform temperatures: With the air handler running nearly all the time at lower speeds, it doesn’t allow uncomfortable temperature fluctuations that are so common with single-speed fans.
- Cleaner indoor air: Continuous air circulation also means better indoor air quality. As air cycles through the system, the filter removes airborne contaminants and leaves the home cleaner than ever.
- Better humidity control: Single-speed air handlers may cycle on and off too frequently to provide the humidity control you need in your Florida home. This is especially likely to be the case if your air conditioner is oversized. A variable-speed fan remedies the problem, running nearly continuously to provide adequate humidity control.
- Excellent for zoning: As you go about upgrading an air conditioner, you might be interested in adding a zoning system for customizable temperature control in different parts of your home. Variable-speed air handlers are ideal for use in these types of systems.
To learn more about upgrading an air conditioner, please contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating today. We have proudly served customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River counties since 1973.