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Why Invest in an HVAC System With a Variable Speed Motor?

September 1, 2018 | Blog

If you want to beat the heat and humidity in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, consider an HVAC system equipped with a variable speed motor. These systems enhance your comfort and lower your energy bills by running at reduced capacities. Here’s why they’re worth the investment:

Increased Efficiency

Any HVAC system with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) above 17.5 probably uses a variable speed motor. These products are 22 percent more efficient when compared to base models. With this technology, manufacturers can achieve SEER ratings over 20 for cooling. They can also achieve heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) ratings above 11.

Quieter Operation

Because variable speed motors operate at flexible capacities between 40 and 100 percent, they’re exceptionally quiet. They generally operate at or below 70 decibels, which is comparable to a lively conversation. Some units feature sound-insulating blankets that further reduce mechanical noise. As a result, you can enjoy peace, quiet and comfort.

Enhanced Comfort

Variable speed motors tell your air conditioner or heat pump to run at lower capacities. Therefore, each heating or cooling cycle is longer. This minimizes jarring temperature swings all year and helps to maintain a consistently comfortable living environment.

Longer run times also prevent wear and tear and reduce energy spikes that occur when the unit kicks on. As a result, you’ll not only avoid high energy bills but also costly repairs.

Better Humidity Control

Extended cooling cycles allow your air conditioner to remove more humidity. Every time that air passes over the cold coils, condensation precipitates and drains outside your home. This increases your comfort by lowering the perceived temperature and cutting through the uncomfortable stickiness. It can also prevent microbial growth and relieve allergy symptoms.

If these benefits sound good, now’s a great time to upgrade. You can choose from conventional single-stage HVAC systems, dual-stage compressors and fully variable units that automatically adjust to your home’s heating and cooling requirements. Contact Southern Air Heating, Cooling & Plumbing at (225) 217-6224 for more information.

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