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Here are the 4 benefits of a variable-speed air conditioner

Summers here in Houma and South Louisiana can be unbearable—and even dangerous—without dependable air conditioning. However, if you’re looking to install or replace an AC unit, it’s important to remember that not all units are equal. You might want to consider a variable-speed air conditioner.

The air handler in a traditional air conditioner only blows air at one speed: high. A variable-speed air conditioner, on the other hand, can run at different speeds. This small difference leads to a multitude of benefits for users of variable-speed AC units. In this blog post, we’re going to review these in greater detail.

For a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioner here in South Louisiana, contact us today.

What is a variable-speed air conditioner?

Whether you drive an automatic or stick-shift car, your vehicle needs to shift gears at different speeds to avoid energy waste and extra wear-and-tear. If you ran your car in higher gear at lower speed all the time, you’d not only waste gasoline, but you’d also put more wear on your car’s engine and transmission. The same basic concept applies to your air conditioner.

A variable-speed air conditioner like this one can change its speed to better maintain the current temperature of your home.

A variable-speed air conditioner like this one can change its speed to better maintain the current temperature of your home.

For decades, air conditioners only came in one speed: on. If the air conditioner was off, it was not moving at all. If it was on, it ran at its top speed. However, this binary isn’t always useful. Your air conditioner actually spends most of its time trying to maintain the temperature of your home, not drastically change it. When it tries to do so at full-speed, it has to constantly start, overshoot the target, turn off, and then turn back on again when your home heats back up.

All that starting and stopping, especially in quick succession, is known in our industry as “short-cycling.” Since AC units use the most energy when first starting up (much like turning the ignition in your car!), short cycling wastes energy. To continue our analogy, it’s better for the air conditioner to go into cruise control to maintain current temperatures.

That’s where variable-speed systems come into the picture. This feature allows air conditioners to, for lack of a better term, switch gears. If the AC unit just needs to keep your home at 75, it can cool the home down from 80 degrees at top speed, and then slow down to maintain the desired temperature. When paired with a smart thermostat, your AC unit can also run at lower speeds to adjust temperature ahead of time.

Not only does this result in less energy use (more on this below), but it also reduces wear and the noise generated by your air conditioner. It’s a great innovation.

What are the benefits of a variable-speed air conditioner?

1. Energy-efficiency

Because a traditional air conditioner has one speed, it turns on and off to manage the temperature. This can use a lot of energy, and can mean higher costs.

An AC unit with a variable-speed air handler has more options to manage your home’s environment. Once your home is cool, it can drop to a lower setting to keep your preferred temperature and not use as much energy.

Learn more ways to cut down your home’s summer energy bills.

2. Cooling consistency

The variety of settings also means that your home’s temperature may not fluctuate as much as with a traditional unit. A traditional unit switches on once the temperature rises, runs until the temperature drops to the set number, then stops. Then, the temperature rises again, and the cycle begins all over.

This constant change can be uncomfortable. In contrast, a variable-speed air conditioner can better maintain your preferred temperature by switching to a lower setting once the ideal temperature is reached.

3. Operating quietly

Traditional AC units kick on with a roar of air that continues throughout the cycle. This is due to their high speed, and this sound can be irritating or startling if especially loud.

In contrast, variable-speed units are much quieter because of their lower speeds—and because they turn on-and-off less frequently. This means no more annoying background hum or sudden rushes of air.

4. Air quality improvement

Longer and less frequent run cycles not only mean better energy-efficiency, better temperature control, and quieter operating noise. They also mean your home’s air quality may improve.

When the air conditioning runs, air passes through filters, which means the longer it runs, the longer the air is being filtered. This can be especially useful if you live in a dusty or high-pollution location, or have allergies.

Give Trahan’s a call for a free in-home estimate

If you’re in need of air conditioning installation, Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. Contact us to schedule your free in-home estimate on a new variable air conditioner from Trane, professionally installed by our team. We also offer financing with approved credit.

Increase your energy-efficiency this summer by following these tips!

This upcoming summer season, don’t forget to schedule an AC tune-up, just as you’re deciding where to go for vacation and what books to read over your break. In fact, if you’re looking for even more ways to save, you can increase your energy-efficiency by following the tips outlined in this blog.

Increase your energy-efficiency with these 5 tips

#1. Schedule regular maintenance

Over time, your air conditioner usually experiences a breakdown in performance, which is made worse when you don’t have your unit serviced by a team of professionals. This causes your unit not to perform as well as it should, which means it uses more energy than absolutely necessary, a difference you can see in your energy bills.

#2. Invest in a programmable thermostat

Something else you should be sure to do to save time and money on your summer AC efficiency goals is buy a programmable thermostat. With them, you’re able to change the setting of your thermostat when you aren’t home so that it’s always comfortable when you get back without wasting energy and money operating your unit when you aren’t home to enjoy it.

#3. Consider getting a new unit

Depending on how old your current air conditioning unit is, it could be time to get rid of it and install a new, more efficient model. Newer units are made to be as energy efficient as possible while keeping you and your family comfortable. Even better is that you can potentially increase your home’s resale value with a new unit.

#4. Remember to use your fans for cooling

To save money, you likely use your home’s ceiling fans in addition to your air conditioner to increase your energy-efficiency and stay cool. While this is an undoubtedly great idea, you have to remember that fans cool people, not rooms. That means you should only have your fans whirling when you’re in the room.

#5. Know when to use your appliances

The best time to use your oven, stove, dishwasher, and any other appliance that generates heat is early in the morning and the evening when the temperatures aren’t as high. This way, you aren’t adding to the very heat you crank your AC on to take care of, nor are you driving up your cooling costs.

Call Trahan’s for AC maintenance and more

Contact us here at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning for even more ways to increase your energy-efficiency this summer! Or, schedule an AC tune-up from our team.

Here’s why we’re a Trane dealer

The heating and cooling system of your home is vital to your comfort. Whether it’s a hot and humid day in the Louisiana summer or when the winter winds come blasting off the gulf, you expect your HVAC unit to work appropriately. We’re your local Houma Trane dealer, and here’s why.

Trane products are built to last

Trane was founded in 1885. In the 1930s, Trane pioneered air conditioning units for cooling homes. The company owns patents on their HVAC and heating units. They’ve tested the units for reliability and durability. Many of the individual parts on a Trane AC are built to last beyond industry standards. Trane is a company that has innovated the industry.

Trane products are built to last. The company tests every heating and cooling unit beyond the extremes of residential use. That’s why their motto is, “It’s hard to stop a Trane.” Technicians have tried to break the Climatuff® compressor in 900 different ways.

Trane is also setting the standard for smart home and clean air technology. The XL18i Heat Pump has a SEER rating of 18, well above the minimum standard of 14 or 15. It offers increase efficiency to lower utility bills. Trane also has an advanced air filtration system that provides cleaner, healthier air inside your home.

Trane products are recommended by experts in the industry. Popular Mechanics awarded Trane for its innovation with the Trane ComfortLink. Harvard researchers independently evaluated several devices that improve indoor air quality and found Trane CleanEffects to the most effective air filtration system.

Here’s your checklist for buying a new HVAC unit

Before you replace your old unit, make sure you really need to upgrade:

  • How old is your system? Your furnace should last about 12 to 18 years with good maintenance, while the AC may only last 10 to 16 years.
  • Consider your energy costs and future energy needs for your home. Do research on a new unit and whether it can help lower costs.
  • Contact Trahan’s, your local Trane dealer. Discuss the unit that fits the size of your home and energy-efficiency requirements.
  • Shop for and have a new unit installed. Enjoy the comfort of your home.

Call Trahan’s, your local Trane dealer

Choose a Trane AC to keep your home cooler when the temperatures are sweltering. Call Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning at (985) 872-2570 or contact us online to discuss your needs.

Here are 4 reasons to schedule an AC tune-up this spring

Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers professional-grade air conditioning maintenance here in South Louisiana.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not your system needs to be inspected this spring, here are 4 reasons to schedule an AC tune-up with our team.

4 reasons to schedule an AC tune-up this spring

We work with both air conditioners and heat pumps:

#1. Decrease your risk of a breakdown this summer

This is the primary reason that most homeowners schedule an AC tune-up with the Trahan’s team. Let’s put it another way: an unmaintained air conditioner is at greater risk of a breakdown on the most hot and humid days of the year. That’s because a pro inspection and tune-up can help catch the small things before they become big problems.

This goes double for an older air conditioner that has a history of breakdowns, since parts are older and more can go wrong. However, a tune-up is a good idea for any system, of any age. If not for avoiding breakdowns, you should consider it because:

#2. Boost your system’s energy-efficiency

Maintenance improves your system’s energy-efficiency, allowing it to run better and saving you money on your monthly energy bills. Over the course of an entire summer, this can mean big savings: after all, think about how much use your air conditioner sees in July and August here in South Louisiana.

#3. Extend the lifespan of your air conditioner

Any homeowner with a working air conditioner or heat pump wants to keep their system running as long as possible. That’s what makes an AC tune-up so great: by having your system inspected annually by a professional, you can actually extend your system lifespan, putting off the day when you need a new air conditioner.

In this respect, your air conditioner isn’t all that different from your car. By keeping up its maintenance record, you’re more likely to see it last.

#4. Maintain your air conditioner—and your manufacturer’s warranty

Many new air conditioners, including those manufactured by Trane, include a manufacturer’s warranty that protects your system for years after purchase. This is a great difference-maker for you and your home! There’s just one catch: you need to schedule an annual, professional tune-up to keep that warranty intact.

Since that manufacturer’s warranty protects your system against both defects and damages, keeping it intact is a good reason in itself to schedule an AC tune-up this spring. However, when added to the other reasons on this list, and you can see the compelling case for giving Trahan’s a call.

Call Trahan’s to schedule an AC tune-up here in South Louisiana

Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to be your local, trusted company for AC services here in South Louisiana. Since 1963, we’ve been known for our friendly, professional service.

To schedule your AC tune-up this spring, contact us online, or give us a call at (985) 863-4063.