Many new HVAC systems offer what is known as a variable-speed air handler, which is responsible for distributing heated or cooled air throughout your home. Unlike single-speed models, which run at full speed whenever they are in operation, a variable-speed air handler can speed up or slow down to adjust to changing conditions. This has several advantages, and can make your Southwest Florida home much more comfortable.
Improved Energy Efficiency
The motor in an air handler can use a large amount of electricity when it is running at full speed, typically between 300 and 500 watts. With a single-speed air handler, the motor will turn on and off as the demand changes, but it is always at full speed when it is on. A variable-speed air handler can run as fast or as slow as needed to deliver the required amount of air. This reduces the overall energy usage of the system because the air handler only needs to run at full speed when the temperature is significantly above or below average.
Single-speed air handlers can be extremely loud when starting and running. Variable-speed air handlers tend to be quieter, because they can slowly pick up speed when starting, and they typically run at a lower speed when temperatures are about average.
Better Air Filtration
With a single-speed air handler, the air is only being filtered when the fan is turned on. A variable-speed model constantly moves air at a slower speed, which improves air quality by constantly removing foreign particles. It also helps reduce humidity during the summer by preventing condensation between air conditioning cycles.
A variable-speed air handler increases comfort by delivering the precise volume of heated or cooled air required to maintain the desired temperature. A single-speed system will cycle on and off to maintain the temperature, resulting in uneven temperatures between cycles or extreme temperature swings.
To learn more about HVAC systems that feature a variable-speed air handler, talk to our heating and cooling experts at Conditioned Air today. We serve Southwest Florida, including Ft. Myers, Sarasota, and Naples.
In Southwest Florida, the high humidity can make a warm day feel brutally hot, and lead to moisture-related problems inside your home. By installing a whole-house dehumidification system, you can keep the humidity under control and help your air conditioner do its job more effectively. A whole-house dehumidification system offers several distinct benefits.
When the humidity is high, the air seems to stick to the skin, and the moisture in the air prevents sweat from evaporating quickly. This stops your body’s natural cooling process from working effectively, and it is why a humid day feels so much worse than any other day at the same temperature. With a whole-home dehumidification system installed, you can keep your humidity levels much lower, which will allow you to feel more comfortable at the same temperature.
Dry air is healthy air. A relative humidity of between 30 to 50 percent helps to slow the reproduction and transmission of microorganisms such as viruses or bacteria. It also helps to deter pests such as dust mites, which prefer high humidity. With whole-house dehumidification, you can keep your air at a reasonable humidity level and help to protect your family’s health. For family members with asthma or allergies, dry air can also reduce the severity of some symptoms such as congestion.
With a whole-house dehumidifier installed, the reduced humidity levels can allow you to keep your thermostat at a higher setting while still feeling comfortable. Not only does this reduce your energy usage and help the environment, but it also allows you to save money on your electricity bill every month. And because much of the dehumidification is performed by the dehumidifier instead of your air conditioner, the air conditioner no longer needs to work as hard. This will help to extend its lifespan and allow it to operate more efficiently.
To learn more about the benefits of using a whole-house dehumidification system, talk to our cooling experts at Conditioned Air today. We serve Southwest Florida, including the Naples, Fort Meyers and Sarasota areas.
Compared to older thermostats, especially mechanical models, today’s thermostats are extremely advanced and incredibly easy to use. Many manufacturers now offer at least one type of touch screen thermostat, which eliminates older technology like mechanical armatures or physical buttons that operate confusing menus. The touch screen thermostat offers many helpful features that set it apart from less sophisticated models, especially when it comes to saving energy and reducing your utility costs.
Enhanced Programming Options
Unlike earlier programmable thermostats that were difficult to program, especially if you had a complex schedule, the typical touch screen thermostat is very easy to program, with menus that are simple to use and organized intelligently. This ensures that you will be able to easily optimize the program to maximize your energy savings and reduce your utility costs. By having the thermostat reduce the temperature automatically when you go to sleep or to work in the winter, or raise it during the summer, you can save up to 20 percent off your utility bills. Some of the most advanced models offer automatic programming, which learns your schedule and sets the thermostat to the optimal settings automatically.
Most touch screen models offer network access over WiFi, allowing you to control and program the thermostat from a computer, tablet or mobile phone that is connected to the local network, or even from a device that is connected over the internet. This allows you to easily edit the thermostat’s program and settings so that you can save the most money, or, with remote access, adjust the program as necessary to accommodate schedule changes.
Thanks to the Internet connection, a touch screen thermostat can display local weather information, and some models can even use it to adjust the temperature automatically. If you are away from home and a problem arises with your HVAC system, a few models can alert you by email, text or phone.
For more information about the features available on the latest touch screen thermostat models, contact our team at Conditioned Air today. We have been serving the Southwest Florida area since 1962.