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Considering a New AC System? New Features Increase Energy Efficiency

Jun 5, 2019, 12:48 PM by Alex Svanascini

When hot summer temperatures drive you indoors, a new AC system makes your home a comfortable haven. Thanks to recent advancements in HVAC technology, it can save you a significant amount of money too. Replacing outdated equipment could lower your cooling costs by up to 40 percent. Explore some of the features in today's air conditioners that increase energy efficiency and decrease your operating expenses.

Variable Speed Motors

Powering the entire air distribution system, the AC blower motor works hard to keep you comfortable. Every time the temperature rises above the thermostat setting, it cycles on at full blast. To conserve energy, variable speed motors automatically change fan speeds based on your cooling needs. This feature not only saves you money on energy bills but also improves your comfort. You'll enjoy an even delivery of cool air no matter how hot it gets outdoors.

2-Stage Compressors

Air conditioners work by converting liquid refrigerant into a gas and back again into a liquid. The compressor is a vital component in the refrigerant cycle. It squeezes the refrigerant until it transforms into a hot, high-pressure gas. Two-stage compressors run on full power only on the hottest days of the year. The rest of the time, they operate at an energy-saving setting. The lower setting does a better job at dehumidifying the air, so you save money and feel more comfortable.

Thermal Expansion Valve

The expansion valve in an air conditioner controls how much refrigerant is released into the evaporator. The evaporator is where the refrigerant absorbs household heat and moisture, leaving the air cooler and dryer. A thermal expansion valve (TXV) fine-tunes the process by matching the flow of refrigerant to the rate of evaporation. It all adds up to improved energy efficiency and enhanced performance.

Serving the greater DC metro area, Vernon, The Heating & Cooling Specialist offers a wide range of energy-saving AC systems. To learn more, check out our air conditioning services or call us at 703-968-7700 in Virginia or 301-987-9244 in Maryland.

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