What Common Problems Does it Solve?
Imagine if your car only had one speed; it would either go 100mph or it would be completely stopped. Obviously, this doesn’t make any sense because different speeds are appropriate for different conditions. The same holds true for your air conditioner’s fan. There are times when the fan’s maximum speed is required, and other times when it could benefit from running at a slower speed. This option wasn’t available until the advent of variable speed air conditioners. Today we’re going to talk about what a variable speed air conditioner is and the many common problems it can solve in your Coachella Valley home!
What is a variable speed air conditioner?
When we talk about variable speed air conditioners, “variable speed” refers to the fan motor inside of the system. With a conventional air conditioner, the fan only runs at a single speed; it’s either 100 percent on or 100 off.
The fan motor inside of a variable speed air conditioner, on the other hand, is able to run at many different speeds depending on your system’s airflow requirements at any given time. When there is less of a demand for air, the motor spins at a lower speed. When there is a high demand for air, the motor spins at a much higher speed.
What common problems does a variable speed air conditioner help solve?
- High energy bills. The problem with a conventional air conditioner is that its fan runs at the maximum speed whenever it’s turned on, so it is always consuming the maximum amount of energy. A variable speed air conditioner fan can run at many different speeds, allowing it to consume much less energy than a conventional fan when there is less of a demand for air.
- Poor air quality. Unlike conventional air conditioner fans, the fan in a variable speed air conditioner is running almost all the time. Most of the time, the fan is running at a low and energy-efficient speed, and it picks up speed during cooling cycles. Because a variable speed fan runs more consistently, air is sent through the air filtration system more often and your home will have better air quality.
- System breakdowns. Another issue with a conventional fan only running during cooling cycles is that it goes through many starts and stops every day. This can put the fan through excess wear-and-tear that can eventually cause it to break down. A variable speed air handler will suffer from less breakdowns because it runs more consistently and only uses its maximum speeds when necessary.
- Loud air handler. Air handlers can be loud, especially when they are running at full speed. That’s why variable speed air handlers operate much quieter than conventional air handlers.
- Comfort issues. Conventional air conditioners deliver a big blast of cool air every time that they turn on, and then they shut down until the next cooling cycle. This can lead to temperature swings in your home. A variable speed air handler runs its fan much more consistently and less forcefully, which allows for more even and consistent temperature levels in your home.
If you have any questions about a variable speed air conditioner, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hydes, your Indio, CA, air conditioner installation and repair contractor.