How Dual-Speed Air Conditioners Save You Money
A popular misconception about air conditioners is that turning the temperature down quite low—say, around 55°F—will help the house to cool down faster. However, if your ideal temperature is around 77°F and the house is 80° right now, this simply isn’t the case. It will only waste energy and cool you more than you need, since most air conditioners move at only one speed: 100%.
However, we’re huge fans of the dual-speed air conditioners that are manufactured today. This does not mean you should turn the temperature down further to cool the house down faster. Rather, a dual-speed air conditioner helps you achieve your chosen temperature with greater accuracy.
Dual-Speed AC Design
A dual-speed air conditioner is what it sounds like. Rather than a fan that moves at only one speed, the fan moves at two speeds. When it has a long way to go to cool down your home, the fan will move at 100% of its capacity. But if it only needs to cool your home by 1 or 2 degrees, it will run at a drastically reduced speed, typically around 50%.
Let’s say you’ve set your thermostat to automatically keep the air conditioner at about 77°F while you’re at home. When it’s 85° in the house, it’s understandable that the air conditioner would run at full blast to bring that temperature down. But when it’s 78°, does it really need to? Nope. This is what standard central air conditioners do, and it only wastes energy and often incidentally pushes the temperature down to 76° or 75°.
The Energy-Saving Benefits of Two-Speed Air Conditioners
The standard one-speed fan motor can end up wasting a lot of energy. It’s running at full blast to cool your home even one or two degrees, using a lot more energy than it needs to in the process. In fact, it often cools your home down even more than it needs to, simply due to the fact that it’s working harder than it needs to. Just a couple of degrees of difference can have a major effect on your monthly bills.
A dual-speed air conditioner will lower its speed, using a lot less energy to cool the home down only a degree or two. That reduced capacity and accuracy of temperatures translates to lower bills. Besides, the air conditioner does not have to shut down and start up so often, something that requires a lower energy, and can instead run at a lower speed for a bit longer.
A Few Additional Considerations
The temperature accuracy of a dual-speed air conditioner can provide you with comfort unlike you’ve ever had from your central air conditioner. Precision temperatures mean you’re never too warm or too cold. The temperature does not get a chance to rise higher than you can handle or lower than you need.
The lowered fan speed allows your multi-speed air conditioner to run a lot quieter, another major selling point of this air conditioner!
Of course, as you might expect, a dual-speed fan motor adds to the cost of your air conditioner. There are other options for the environmentally-conscious, so ask your technician for more information about all of your choices.
Air Services Unlimited installs two-speed air conditioners in Lumberton, TX and anything you need to stay cool all summer long. Call our friendly team today!