What Is an Inverter Air Conditioner?
The simple explanation is it’s an air conditioner with a variable-frequency drive controlling the compressor and cooling output (and heating output for heat pump units). This allows for continuously regulated indoor temperature superior to standard single-stage compressor and even variable-stage compressors.
Inverter air conditioners have technology that changes the standard alternating current (AC) into direct current (DC), and then passes it through a modulator to produce a current of the desired frequency. A microcontroller registers the air temperature to make adjustments to the compressor’s speed, changing the speed to match the temperature needs inside a home.
What Benefits Can I Expect From This Type of Cooling System?
That was quite a mouthful, even for a "simple" explanation. You’re probably curious to know why this modulation of the compressor is so beneficial—why it’s worth investing in this type of advanced cooling technology. There are some excellent reasons:
- High efficiency: The general variable-speed compressor is more efficient than standard ACs because it doesn’t need to run at maximum output all the time. With an inverter AC, the control is more precise, matching specific needs rather than just one or two stages. This makes inverter air conditioners among the most energy-efficient cooling models on the market. The payback time averages only two years, depending on usage.
- Longevity: Along with costing less to run, the lower use of power in an inverter AC helps to increase its service life and lower the number breakdowns.
- Lower load fluctuations: In other words, "fewer temperature swings and hot/cold spots."
- Quiet: The motors in inverter ACs are whisper-quiet.
We’re at the Cutting Edge of Air Conditioning Technology
If you were curious about inverter AC units because you had never heard of them before, there’s a good reason for that: the inverter air conditioner is leading cooling technology, and not all HVAC contractors have adopted them for installation or trained technicians to handle them. But at Smart Choice Heating and Air, we’re proud of always being on top of the latest and greatest in technology to serve our customers.
We recommend you schedule a consultation with use about what type of AC will fit your house. We provide free estimates on installations. That way you know for certain if an inverter air conditioner is a good option. The customer service we offer and the strong relationships we build in the Anaheim, CA community and all the communities we serve are what make us the Smart Choice!