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What Is Air Conditioning Inverter Technology?

An air conditioner inverter allows the system to vary its output according to your cooling needs. While that sounds like a simple idea, it’s a relatively recent technology available not only in air conditioners, but also in refrigerators. When one of our clients emailed us about inverter technology in air conditioning systems, we wanted to respond so that our customers know that we offer this throughout our service areas, including Denton, TX. Let’s take a closer look at this technology…

How a Non-Inverter AC Works

The compressor motor is what drives the cooling process: the refrigerant passes through a series of phase changes (liquid to gas, gas to liquid) that move thermal energy from one place to another. In a non-inverter AC, the compressor operates at a steady rate, which means that it turns on until the temperature is reached and then it shuts off.

The problem with that approach is that the constant turning on and off of the compressor is not cost-effective in terms of energy efficiency. It also leaves much to be desired in terms of comfort. Your home’s cooling will always be either too cool or too warm.

The Advantage of an Inverter AC

A variable-speed compressor motor is a great solution to this problem. The inverter adjusts the flow of electricity by converting it into direct current, and a microcontroller samples the ambient air to fine-tune the compressor speed according to real temperature. A variable-speed compressor means that you spend far less on cooling costs whenever your system is running. That could be as much as 30% for some homeowners.

We won’t explore the thermodynamic and electrical principles in depth here, but if you’re curious about it, you can reach out to our technicians for more details.

Whenever you need an air conditioning service in Denton, TX, you can rely on PRK Services, Inc.!

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