Selecting a new air conditioner for your central Arizona home doesn’t need to be a difficult ordeal. The problem is that you have a whole slew of models and capabilities to choose from. To make it easier for you, here are five components worth considering if you’re in the market for a new air conditioner:
- Two-stage compressor – A two-stage compressor can be beneficial since it has the ability to run at a lower state when the weather’s moderate, and then kick in to full-speed once it gets hotter.
- Variable-speed air handler – Like the aforementioned compressor, this type of air handler has the ability to operate at different levels of speed, increasing efficiency when needed. It accomplishes this by the use of an electronically commutated motor (ECM), which is more efficient than a standard motor.
- More efficient coils – Technology has certainly advanced over the past several years, and the newer A/C units utilize coils that are increasingly more efficient than their predecessors.
- Copper coils – Today, copper coils trump the use of aluminum for four main reasons: They’re more difficult to damage and easier to repair; resist corrosion; are better at heat transfer and are easier to clean.
- Thermal expansion valve – This valve narrows and widens to allow more or less refrigerant to flow through the system as cooling needs require it. These fluctuating adjustments increase the unit’s efficiency.
For a majority of Arizona homeowners, the A/C is one of the most important commodities you own. Because of advanced technologies, A/C units have come a long way in the past few decades. By paying attention to the features listed above, you can be sure that your purchase is a smart one.
Need more expert advice? For questions concerning the choice of a new air conditioner, or for any other questions regarding home comfort, please be sure to contact the professionals at Wolff Mechanical. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Phoenix, Scottsdale and the rest of the valley for more than 23 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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