Did you know that if you have had the same Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system since 2006 your operational costs have increased nearly 25% Why? Because the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the average retail price of electricity has increased from 10.40¢ per Kilowatt in 2006 to 13.31¢ per Kilowatt hour in 2019.
So, how can you stay comfortable in your home and spend less on your cooling and heating costs? The answer may lie with an Inverter central heating and cooling system!
Benefits of Inverter Technology
An Inverter system may run longer than your traditional HVAC system, but at a level that requires less energy. This slow and steady operation offers some additional comfort benefits when compared to a single speed unit.
Consistency of Indoor Comfort – Inverter technology may minimize the temperature swings often found with single-speed/stage equipment. Rather than shutting down, the variable capacity prolongs the set temperature of your spaces. This allows for steady and consistent comfort in your home.
Dehumidification – The longer a cooling system runs, the more moisture might be removed from the indoor air. This may improve the balance between temperature and humidity, providing you with more comfortable interior air.
Filtering of Indoor Air – The extended run time at lower speeds allows more time for the indoor air to circulate and interact with filters or additional air quality system components. However, as with traditional systems, it is important to change out your filters according to your HVAC dealer or manufacturer’s recommendation.
Eases Cycling – The energy usage of a heating or cooling system is highest when a single-speed HVAC system turns ON at 100% capacity, then stays 100% until it reaches your preset temperature and then turns OFF. Inverter technology allows for a more consistent path to indoor comfort. It reduces the number of start/stop cycles associated with single speed equipment, saving significant energy compared to a single speed. Once your HVAC system reaches the desired indoor temperature, the variable option precisely adjusts, minimizing the capacity required to maintain that temperature. It’s like riding your bike uphill, then leveling off on a flat road to the finish line — it requires less energy than the hilly route.
The Technology Behind Inverter Systems
When an HVAC system has a variable speed compressor and/or fan motor, you will be able to spend less on utility costs without sacrificing your indoor comfort level. Variable speed is often used to describe the type of compressor in your air conditioner or heat pump. The compressor is the heart of your air conditioning or heat pump system, creating the cooling capacity for your system. This feature allows for various levels of output depending on your cooling demands — full capacity for very hot days (or cold days if running the heating mode of a heat pump) or reduced capacity for milder days.
Variable speed compressors allow a unit to run at virtually any speed between 30% and 100% to provide the most energy efficient method to meet the temperature on your thermostat or control system. It is a great energy-efficient option when compared to a single-speed unit.
Inverter technology can also apply to the type of blower motor located in the air handler or gas furnace.
A variable speed blower motor can operate at various speeds to precisely control the amount of airflow throughout your home. In the winter, a variable speed blower motor will alleviate the “cold air blow” you feel when a single speed furnaces or air handler begins turns on at 100%. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, a variable-speed motor running continuously at a half speed will use 75% less power that a single speed motor uses to move the same amount of air.
If you are concerned about your rising utility bill but don’t want to sacrifice your indoor comfort, you should consider a heating and cooling system with Inverter technology. Contact Dayton Heating and Air today! We will gladly sit down with you to see if a Inverter system is right for your home. 352-317-2132