It’s the end of February in West Palm Beach, Florida, which means the cooler winter weather is almost gone. If your current air conditioner is aging or on its last legs, now’s the time to start shopping for a replacement. Otherwise, you risk experiencing an AC breakdown in the middle of summer and suffering in sweat. But what do you look for when shopping for a new air conditioner replacement? Here are four features of modern air conditioning systems and their benefits:
VARIABLE SPEED COMPRESSORS
Trane was the first HVAC manufacturer to build heating and cooling systems with variable speed technology. Until then, homeowners in West Palm Beach were only able to choose between single-stage and two-stage systems.
A single-stage system only has one operational setting when it isn’t off: high. This doesn’t give you much control and is highly inefficient by today’s standards. A two-stage system is a bit more efficient. It offers an additional level of operation: high and low. The low setting is usually enough for most homeowners to reach their comfort needs, reducing frequent cycling and producing more even temperatures. A variable speed system changes the game, though.
Staging refers to an air conditioning system’s ability to operate at less than its maximum capacity to improve comfort and efficiency. A variable speed system from Trane, which has between 700 and 750 stages, eliminates temperature fluctuations and reduces how much electricity your AC system uses to adequately cool your home. That’s because the system runs at incremental speeds without shutting off, keeping your home’s temperature constant.
If you’re still not convinced, check out these efficiency facts about single-stage systems:
- It takes up to eight times more energy for a system to start and stop.
- A single-stage system stops and starts up to 72 times every 24 hours.
- It takes a single-stage system 20 minutes to reach full capacity.
COMPRESSOR SOUND INSULATORS
Your current air conditioning system might not operate loud enough to annoy you, unless the dog barks every time it starts and stops. But with a quieter system cooling your home, you won’t want to own a noisy unit again.
Conventional air conditioners operate at about 75 decibels. That’s louder than a passenger car traveling at 65 miles per hour. Conversely, today’s air conditioning systems run as quietly as 50 decibels, or as quiet as your local library.
PROTECTIVE FASTENERS AND TOPS
There’s no doubt your new air conditioner is an investment in your comfort, and it comes at a cost. Protecting that investment from damage is as important as maintaining it regularly. That’s why Trane’s newest AC systems feature Weatherguard fasteners and tops that protect against corrosion.
Made from a highly durable polycarbonate material, you won’t need to worry about your AC system rotting away in Florida’s extreme outdoor elements. You’ll not only save by preventing repairs caused by damage but also prolong your system’s lifespan while avoiding a premature replacement.
RUSTPROOF BASE PANS
The base of your air conditioning system is the most susceptible to cracks, corrosion, rust and warping. Today’s state-of-the-art systems from Trane take care of that problem, providing protection designed to last for years to come. Complemented with a powder-paint finish, modern air conditioning systems are virtually indestructible.
HVAC technology in homes has come a long way since the first air conditioner was introduced in 1902, and Trane is leading the way with features that enhance both comfort and efficiency. To learn more about the modern air conditioning systems we offer, contact Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air today at (561) 708-4989 . Our experienced service technicians can determine your specific cooling needs and help you pick the perfect air conditioning system for your home.