Earlier this week we blogged about how variable speed blower motors make it easier to control the temperatures in your home. Another upgrade you can make to your cooling system that has very similar effects is installing an air conditioner with a two stage air compressor.
What is a two stage air compressor?
Similar to a standard blower motor, a standard air compressor is only able to operate at one level: high. An air conditioner with a two stage air compressor operates at two different levels: high and low. This type of air compressor runs at the low level about 80 percent of the time, and only kicks into the high level when it’s needed.
4 benefits of installing a two stage air compressor
- Energy savings. When a two stage air compressor is operating at the low level, it uses less energy than the high level. Since it runs at the low level most of the time, it uses much less energy than a standard air compressor even though its cooling cycles last longer.
- Better for your air conditioner. Because it has longer cooling cycles, an air conditioner with a two stage air compressor does not shut on and off nearly as much as a unit with a standard air compressor. This puts less strain on your air conditioner and is also more energy efficient.
- Less temperature swings. Just like a variable speed blower motor, a two stage air compressor is able to cool your home gradually instead of hitting it with a blast of cold air every time the temperature rises above the set point on the thermostat. This results in a more consistent temperature in your home throughout the day and night.
- Better at dehumidifying air. The longer cooling cycles of a two stage air compressor allow it to spend more time pulling moisture out of the air. This makes it better at controlling high humidity in your home.
If you have any questions about a two stage air compressor, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area heating and cooling company.