If you’ve been considering purchasing a new air conditioning unit, you’ve undoubtedly heard about how much better they are than models even just a few years older. Here are a few reasons.
- Many new systems use modulation technology. You may see these referred to as variable-speed units. Modulation technology adjusts the speed of the compressor to meet the demand for cooling. This results in a more efficient system, saving on both energy and utility bills. They also generally make your home more comfortable, providing consistent and even cooling and reducing humidity.
- Multi-stage units. Even if your system does not have modulating technology, it may operate in more than one stage of operation, improving energy efficiency and increasing home comfort.
- Variable speed air distribution. These units can vary the air distribution speeds, which also improves comfort.
- Air quality. Newer units do a better job controlling temperature and humidity, reducing mildew growth, improving air quality, and making for a healthier home.
- Improved refrigerant. Older systems used R-22, commonly known as Freon. Freon contains chlorine, which is harmful to the ozone layer. Today’s new systems use R-401A refrigerant, which does not include chlorine, making it much more environmentally friendly. R-401A is also more efficient, allowing your compressor to run cooler.
- Quiet. New models can reduce noise as much as 20%. That is because compressor technology is quieter. The shape of fan blades also has been changed, reducing noise.