Are you a home or business owner who is looking to upgrade your HVAC system? With all the options available on the market today, it can be a daunting and confusing task trying to decide which type of system is best for you. If you’ve gotten a couple of quotes from contractors, you might have been told about variable speed heating systems, or 2-stage systems, but still aren’t 100% sure what that means. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we will explain what a variable speed is and how it can be a benefit to your home or office building when it comes to comfort and cost savings.
What Is Variable Speed?
Traditional systems have just one speed; the furnace is turned on and off as the temperature needs to be adjusted according to the thermostat setting. A variable speed system (also known as 2-stage or dual stage) uses different settings – or power modes – to keep your home or building comfortable. The different settings allow the system to efficiently sustain the desired temperature setting indicated on the thermostat. Instead of waiting for the temperature to dip below the desired level then re-heat the space like a single-stage system would, variable speed utilizes a low power mode to keep air at the same temperature. This technology maintains consistent temperatures and saves money on energy bills.
Single Speed & Variable Speed
Single speed systems do a great job of providing comfort, but it can come at a cost. A single speed furnace will turn on when the temperature gets too low, but it only has the one setting to heat. Meaning, even if you only need to bring the temperature up a degree or two, you are still using the furnace’s full amount of energy because it only has one setting. This isn’t ideal for a few reasons:
What Should you Choose?
At the end of the day, a single speed or a variable speed system will do the job of heating your home or building. While a variable speed system will likely cost more than a single speed system to install, it will run more efficiently, save on utility bills, heat your home/business evenly, and cause less hassle when it comes to maintenance. Variable speed has a lot of benefits in the long run that are hard to deny. Ask your HVAC contractor about all your options, including variable speed systems from York, Guardian or Luxaire.