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What is Two-Stage Cooling?

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you may recognize some new terms that didn’t exist a few years ago. One of those features rising in popularity is two-stage cooling. Here’s why it’s in demand by homeowners across Texas and why you may want to add it to your list of requirements for your next HVAC:

Two-Stage Cooling is All About Demand

Two-stage cooling means your air conditioner (or heat pump, in some cases) has a compressor with two operation levels: high for hotter days, and low for milder days (which seems to be a degree below boiling here in Texas).

Think of two-stage cooling like riding a bike: when you first push off, you need a lot more energy to get yourself moving, and then, eventually, you can relax a bit more. That’s exactly how your two-stage AC will function. Additionally, a two-stage unit can remove twice as much moisture from the air.

The low setting is typically adequate in meeting household-cooling demands around 80% of the time, resulting in a longer running time and a more even interior temperature. It may initially use 100% of its capacity to reach your desired interior temperature, but then it will know to use its part-time capacity to maintain your programmed setting. Just like riding uphill, your air conditioner may need to operate at full capacity longer if it’s extremely hot outside and your home’s insulation.

Benefits of Two-Stage Cooling

Though a two-stage AC runs longer than traditional units, it offers energy-saving opportunities and benefits including:

  • Consistent indoor comfort

  • Reduced energy consumption

  • Dehumidification of your home

Fast service and quality work is the foundation of Rescue Air, and it’s what we provide to every customer, every day. If you’re interested in upgrading a new air conditioner unit, give us a call at (972) 201-3253 or contact us online today.