Choose a Variable-Speed Air Handler When Making Your Next A/C Purchase
Are you considering replacing your air condtioner? If so, you need to investigate the benefits of a variable-speed air handler. The name can be somewhat misleading, as it’s actually the air handler’s blower motor that can vary its speed. This is the vital component that pushes conditioned air through your home’s duct system.
Variable-speed motors feature built-in intelligent technology to continuously modulate the rate of airflow. With this ability, the system can compensate for ductwork restrictions, a dirty air filter, closed registers and long duct runs.
Benefits of a Variable-Speed Blower Motor
Choosing a cooling system with a variable-speed air handler offers some impressive advantages over single-speed equipment:
- Consistent temperature control – Running an A/C with a single-speed air handler results in significant temperature fluctuations. Your home can feel cool and comfortable whenever the fan is operating, then get warm and stuffy when it cycles off.
- Greater energy efficiency – The electronically commutated motor (ECM) in a variable-speed blower is built for optimal efficiency at all speeds, but it also operates on the lowest speed roughly three-quarters of the time. This combination provides energy savings of up to 90 percent compared to a single-speed unit.
- Longer equipment life – By running for longer periods on low speed with fewer starts and stops, a variable-speed air handler puts less strain and wear on key cooling system components, which can help extend equipment life span.
- Better indoor air quality – When the system runs for long cycles at slow speeds, filtration and humidity control are more effective and this boosts your home’s air quality.
- Quiet operation – Since it runs on the lowest speed setting and ramps up to high only when extra cooling is called for, variable speed units are extremely quiet. You also won’t notice the repeated banging noise of the blower cycling on.
Check out Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning’s solutions for making an A/C purchase that includes a variable-speed air handler, or give us a call at 904-240-4038.