Summers in Elkton, VA can certainly be hot and humid. Year in and year out, you rely on your AC system to keep your home cool and comfortable. If you’re tired of high power bills, frequent repairs, and uneven temperatures in your home, consider a replacement cooling system that includes a variable-speed compressor. Read on to find out how these compressors reduce wear and tear, boost energy efficiency, and increase comfort.

Boost Energy-Efficiency and Save Money

A standard AC compressor has two settings: 100% on and 100% off. A variable-speed compressor can run at a wide range of speeds depending on how much cooling is needed. The compressor’s motor is controlled with an algorithm that automatically chooses the lowest speed required to reach the set temperature, boosting efficiency. According to Parker Hannifin Corp., a 20% reduction in motor speed yields a 50% energy savings. Over the course of a summer, the variable-speed compressor could save you hundreds of dollars.

Decrease Wear and Tear

Running at full-throttle creates a lot of wear and tear on your AC compressor. Lower speeds mean less stress on moving parts. Variable-speed models have longer cycles and fewer of them. This reduces wear and tear on the electrical components, too. Less strain on the system means you shouldn’t have to deal with as many malfunctions or repair visits with a variable-speed compressor.

Meet Cooling Demands Without Wasting Electricity

One of the least efficient stages in your AC’s cooling cycle is the startup. In addition to experiencing startup less often, variable-speed motors don’t consume as much power when they start. They use about 80% as much electricity to startup as compared to a standard model. The lower electrical demand avoids wasted electricity.

To learn more about your cooling system options, take a look at Valley Air Heating, Cooling & Plumbing’s air conditioning installation services, or call us today for additional info.

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