Keeps you cool and comfortable
Your home’s air conditioner offers you three main benefits: it cools your home, it saves you money through its efficiency and it increases your comfort.
All air conditioners are rated on their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), which represents the BTU of cooling output during a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input in watt-hours during the same period. The higher the SEER rating of a unit, the more energy efficient it is. The current minimum requirement is 13 SEER, but there are numerous higher efficiency units available that can help reduce your energy costs by focusing more of your energy dollars towards cooling your home.
Traditional HVAC systems are classified as single-stage systems. They operate at one level – high – which means that when the system is working it is putting out the maximum number of BTU that your HVAC system is designed for. A single-stage system will continue to run at 100% capacity until it reaches the desired temperature and then it will turn off. As the temperature in the home begins to rise, the air conditioner will again run at 100% capacity until the desired temperature is reached.
A two-stage system will turn on and run in its first stage, which generally uses approximately 60 percent of the system’s capacity. This reduced capacity is sufficient enough to cool your home on an average day. When temperatures are more extreme, the system will meet the extra demand by adjusting to the second stage and run at 100% capacity until the setback temperature is achieved, reducing temperature swings and equipment cycles. Because the two-stage system will spend most of its time operating at a lower capacity, it will burn less fuel than a traditional system that operates at 100% capacity all of the time. It is also much quieter than a traditional air conditioner.