How to pick a HVAC compressor

In the market for a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system?
Focus your research on compressors before you make a final decision. You will be juggling factors like upfront cost, long-term energy efficiency and comfort for you and your family.

Option 1

Single-speed compressors, common in New York buildings, turn on and off throughout the day. They respond to the thermostat; once they reach the desired temperature, they shut off, only to repeat the ritual when the temperature changes.

In other words, they run at full speed or not at all, a style that can raise utility costs for all the start-ups.

Option 2

Two-stage compressors offer two speeds: low and high. They turn on and off less frequently than the 1-speed models, putting less stress on the system.

Option 3

Variable-speed compressors are more sophisticated and offer more benefits, but the purchase price is higher. The benefits include lower energy costs and more effective dehumidification.

Variable speed AC runs nonstop, adjusting its pace to meet the thermostat’s demand. Continuous running takes more humidity from the air, and the reduced practice of turn on/turn off holds the line on your energy bill.

The three choices reflect the evolving nature of technology and its advances, from 1-speed to 2-speed to variable compressors.

Premier HVAC can help you determine which compressor is best for your home and your budget. We serve Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Long Island.