Are you in need of a new air conditioner?
In the Houston area, air conditioners are not a luxury but rather almost a requirement. Your air conditioner is not only responsible for cooling your home, but also removing the humidity and controlling the air quality in your home. That being said, your air conditioner is the largest appliance in your home that not only cools your home but is responsible for the comfort in your home.
Types of Air Conditioners Available
Can you guess how many product families that air conditioning manufactures produce? (Hint: its more than the three our competitors show you). Manufacture product families are primary based upon the condenser efficiency. There are two major ways an air conditioning manufacture can increase the efficiency of your air conditioner: A) in crease the condenser coil and B) Supply a different type of compressor (the compressor, in the condenser, is the “heart” of your air conditioner and is responsible for pumping the refrigerant throughout your system) .
Different types of compressors:
- Single Stage Compressor (14-16 SEER): This “pump” only operates in an on / off (0%/100%) capacity. This is the most common type of compressor, but offers the least efficiency available.
- Two Stage Compressor (16-18 SEER): This “pump” will go from 0% to 70% to 100% capacity. During the 70% operation, this allows for your AC to pull out a lot of humidity in you home, making you feel more comfortable.
- Variable Speed Compressor (17-23+ SEER): This “pump” starts at 30% and will speed up and down depending upon how much cooling is called for by the thermostat. Since the compressor only starts at 30%, the starting power necessary is only a fraction of what is needed on single or 2 stage compressor. This will allow the air conditioning system to operate for a longer time that others, but at a fraction of the cost and better humidity control.