There is no doubt that air conditioning is a wonderful thing to have. But, it can also be quite expensive when it comes to your electrical bills, especially at the height of summer here on Sanibel. One great thing that is comforting though, is that manufacturers are continuously producing new and better products, especially when it comes to efficiency. One such example is a system that employs dual two-step compressors. In case you ever come across this when shopping for a new air conditioning unit, let me explain the benefits. Traditional systems come with single compressors. The system kicks on to respond to your desired setting, cools and shuts off until it’s needed to repeat the cycle. As the temperature rises, it kicks on again, dehumidifying and cooling your space in bursts. Dual two-step compressors are designed to run more continuously and at lower speeds than single compressor systems. By running longer, they continuously remove humidity, and at lower speeds which helps save energy. Cooling your space alone is not enough, because humidity can still make you feel warmer if it’s not continuously removed. So when it gets very hot and humid during our summers, the two compressors in the newer systems switch from stage to stage, maintaining a level of comfort continuously, rather than intermittently kicking on full blast and working double time to remove what has built up in your home while it was off. So, if you find yourself constantly running to your thermostat to lower the temperature and get the air conditioner to kick on again, it might be time for an upgrade.
As always, thanks for reading,
Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com