In the United States, 30 years of technology has converged in the heating and cooling industry. Advances that were popular in other markets are now available to homeowners who want to boost their comfort. Here’s what you should know about this exciting HVAC technology.

Energy-efficient HVAC Compressors

For decades, HVAC systems featured single-stage compressors that kicked on at full capacity, often every 15 or 20 minutes. Now, more consumers are choosing energy-efficient 2-stage compressors and variable speed air handlers.

Most of the time, 2-stage compressors work at 65 percent capacity. If additional heating or cooling is needed, the unit can run at full capacity. Dual-stage compressors are quieter than conventional units. They provide gentle heating and cooling that minimizes uncomfortable temperature swings. These systems aren’t quite as costly as multi-stage models since they incorporate some widely available components. The technology has been used in ductless heat pumps for years where it has a great track record.

Variable speed HVAC systems are an excellent option for customers who want greater comfort. These systems operate at levels between 30 and 100 percent. Electronically commutated motors and modulating controls adjust the unit’s capacity in 1 percent intervals. This HVAC technology matches the unit’s output to your home’s real-time heating and cooling requirements. Longer operating cycles at lower capacities provide better humidity control, which is important in Birmingham and other parts of Alabama.

Residential HVAC Technology

Multi-stage compressors work synergistically with variable speed motors and air handlers. Since the speed of the indoor air handler matches the speed of the compressor and outdoor fan, these systems provide greater comfort. Variable speed motors gradually ramp up to higher capacities when required so that you don’t have to put up with loud noises or uncomfortable blasts of air when the unit starts. Plus, all of these components are compatible with smart thermostats that give you more control over your comfort.

These are just a few of the latest advances. Many new breakthroughs are sure to pop up in the next few years. If you’re interested in upgrading your comfort or replacing your heat pump, call Total Comfort Heating and Air at 205-944-1166, or visit our HVAC installation page online.

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