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How High-Efficiency Air Conditioners Lower Energy Use

air-conditionerThis may be the spring when you choose to get a new air conditioning installation in Katy, TX. It’s good to make the choice now, because spring is the best time to have an air conditioner replacement. You won’t have to worry about intense heat during the short time you’ll be without a cooling system, and our technicians can find a convenient place on the schedule to have the job done. Best of all, you can take some extra time to consider your different options for a new system.

You don’t have to get a new air conditioner that’s almost the exact same as your current model. If you’ve had your AC for long enough, it’ll be outdated and any new system will perform better than it did even when it was originally installed. But there are also advanced high-efficiency air conditioners on the market that can significantly reduce your electrical use thanks to SEER ratings in the 20s. Compare that to an old AC with 13 SEER, and you’ll see how much a difference a professionally installed high-efficiency unit can make.

What makes high-efficiency ACs so efficient? There are a few reasons:

Better construction

This applies to all new air conditioners, but it’s a factor in better efficiency. Newer ACs have better coil design and materials and more efficient motors than before. Even if you purchase a standard-efficiency AC, it will still have superior efficiency compared to a unit from over a decade ago.

Inverter technology

Inverter air conditioners are among the top-of-the-line cooling systems available. An inverter AC has the ability to ramp its cooling power up and down rather than either being on or off. As the air conditioner runs, it adjusts how much the compressor works using an inverter motor based on temperatures in the house. This continual operation and different capacities consume far less power than a start/stop pattern of a standard air conditioner. In fact, it can use 50% less energy. It makes a house more comfortable as well, since cooling has time to evenly distribute rather than blast cool air and then stop.

Variable-speed blower

This is a similar technological advance to inverter technology, except it affects the blower fan rather than the compressor. The blower fan motor adjusts the fan speed to operate at lower capacity when it can. On average, the blower fan will run at lower speed 60% of the time it’s on, which is more efficient than having the fan either blast at 100% capacity or just turn off. The adjustment is automatic, based on the thermostat, and it also helps with better air distribution.

Scroll compressors

Compressor technology had advanced to offer scroll compressors, which don’t use the standard piston motion to put refrigerant under pressure. The scroll action requires less power and produces a better result.

You don’t have to concern yourself with too many of the details of these air conditioners. You only need to talk to our experts and they’ll guide you through all you need to know to have the best air conditioning replacement possible.

At AC Comfort, your comfort is our business! Schedule AC installation or other air conditioner service with us in Katy.

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