Sarasota, Florida, is no stranger to hot and sticky weather. It’s often necessary to use an air conditioner throughout most of the year in order to maintain comfort. In fact, heating and cooling systems account for more than 40 percent of the average Florida utility bill. Needless to say, that can quickly become an expensive proposition. Fortunately, modern HVAC technology offers several solutions to reducing energy use and keeping costs low. Here are a few of the best ways you can save with new HVAC technologies.
Variable Speed Motors
Most older HVAC systems can only operate at one speed. They work at full capacity until they reach the desired temperature and then they switch off. Unfortunately, this setup often leads to overshooting the set temperature by as much as 10 degrees. This means considerably more energy is used than is really necessary. Variable speed motors change this by allowing an HVAC system to adjust the amount of conditioned air it produces. This allows the system to maintain a comfortable temperature accurately and without any wasteful overshooting.
A 2-stage compressor can be considered the counterpart to the variable speed motor. Unlike traditional compressors, which either run at full capacity or not at all, 2-stage compressors have a secondary energy-saving mode. This mode uses gentle heating or cooling to maintain the desired temperature during mild weather. The full-capacity mode is only used during temperature extremes. In fact, many systems operate in energy-saving mode up to 80 percent of the time. This significantly boosts efficiency and reduces monthly energy costs.
With high utility rates and a hot and humid climate, it’s no wonder so many Sarasota residents ask about ways to reduce HVAC costs. The good news is that HVAC technology continues to advance and offer greater efficiency and savings. To learn more about how you can save with these new technologies, check out Climatic Conditioning Co.’s air conditioning services or call (941) 758-3080.