How Can Your AC Benefit from New Features That Are Available?

Keeping up with all the new AC features isn’t easy. Air conditioning options keep advancing so fast it’s hard to stay current. Depending on the make and specific model, features that improve efficiency, ease of operation, and maintenance and repair are coming online at a faster pace than ever. Here’s a snapshot of some of the new AC features homeowners can consider right now:

Expanded efficiency choices.

Within the life span of many air conditioners that are still in use, the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) for units averaged only about 10. Today, the SEER range for new air conditioners extends from 13 up to 25.

More thermostat options.

Many AC manufacturers now offer built-in compatibility with a wider range of third-party smart thermostats. This increases options for remote monitoring and Wi-Fi control, as well as units that “learn” household occupancy patterns and temperature preferences.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) add-ons.

Some air conditioners include OEM compatibility with extra components that improve IAQ, such as air cleaners, ultraviolet lamp arrays, and humidifiers.

Noise reduction.

Acoustic improvements like sound control blanketing inside the condenser unit and a composite base for the outdoor housing deaden AC sound and vibration. Higher-efficiency, variable-speed compressors ramp up to speed slowly and also generate lower sound levels.

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF).

Instead of a fixed flow of refrigerant through AC coils, VRF precisely adjusts flow to the current temperature and cooling load. Improved cooling performance is the result.

Fan improvements.

The outdoor condenser fan has evolved from an old-school, single-speed unit to an advanced ECM (Electronically Commutated Motor) that runs across a range of speeds depending on the cooling load at any given time.

Service advancements.

Remote access to central air conditioners via an internet connection now allows a qualified service technician to check system status and run diagnostics before coming to the location. In some cases, adjustments and repairs can be performed remotely.

At Paitson Bros., we’ve seen a lot of new AC features in more than 98 years of service to Terre Haute homeowners. Ask us for more info about what’s new in cool, efficient indoor comfort.

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