There are a few types of air handlers used along with residential HVAC systems. They are:
- Single-Speed Air Handlers
- Multi-Speed Air Handlers
- Variable-Speed Air Handlers
Single-speed air handlers run at full capacity every time they’re turned on. You won’t have any control over the heating and air conditioning delivered by this type of handler. They also consume a lot of energy.
Multiple-speed air handlers typically offer two or three separate levels of operation, which gives you more control over their heating and cooling delivery. They start out working at full capacity, and then, gradually, decrease their operating power to maintain the desired temperature in the space.
Variable-speed air handlers deliver maximum efficiency with multiple speed settings. They start out at the lowest power level, and then automatically adjust their operational power to manage the current temperature and atmospheric conditions of the given space. They typically cost much less to operate than single-speed or multiple-speed air handlers.
Benefits of Variable-Speed Air Handlers
There are loads of benefits associated with a variable-speed air handler, including:
- Significant savings on monthly energy bills
- More consistent, uniform air conditioning and heating, year-round
- Smooth operation at the lowest needed levels, plus quiet and very cost-effective
- Even at the lowest possible levels of operation, air quality is improved by nonstop filtration
If there is a downside to variable-speed air handlers, it’s that they can be rather pricey initially. However, when considering the long-term savings they typically create, most homeowners agree that they are worthy investments. Contact our team of professionals with your questions about air handlers today. We’re always happy to help you plan out your heating and cooling system!