Need a new AC for your home?

A two-stage air conditioner might be the best option, especially if you live in the Phoenix area.

Let us prove it to you. 

In this article we’ll look at:

  • What makes a two-stage AC different
  • The benefits of a two-stage AC
  • The problem with two-stage ACs

How a two-stage air conditioner works differently than your old AC

For a long time, most home air conditioners only had 1 speed: on. That means your air conditioner either ran at 100% full blast or it was off. These air conditioners are called single-stage air conditioners.

A two-stage AC, on the other hand, has 2 settings: high and low. The air conditioner uses the low setting most of the time but still has the high setting for really hot days (of which, there are many here in Phoenix). 

Why should you care? Good question. Let’s look at the benefits of this setup…

2 Huge benefits of a two-stage air conditioner

Energy efficiency

A single-stage AC starts, turns on at full blast, cools the home off very quickly and shuts off. Then a few minutes later the cycle repeats. Not very efficient.

A two-stage air conditioner’s low setting lets it run almost continuously. It’s counterintuitive, but this is actually more efficient because your AC runs at a lower setting, and it virtually eliminates the wasteful stopping and starting.

A more even temperature throughout your home

Because a two-stage air conditioner runs longer, it distributes air more evenly and helps eliminate hot and cold spots in your home.

The problem with a two-stage AC

A super efficient air conditioner that also gets rid of hot and cold spots in your home? Seems almost too good to be true. Well there is one potential downside: the price.

A two-stage air conditioner costs more to purchase. 

Basically, you’re paying a premium for extra comfort and energy efficiency. So if that’s important to you, then consider the two-stage system. If not, then go with the single-stage system. 

Also, talk with your contractor and find out if the two-stage model could save you enough money on your energy bills to make the price difference worth it in the long run.

Want more info? Contact us

If you’re in ScottsdaleMesaGilbert, ChandlerGlendale or the Phoenix area, we’d be happy to help you find the perfect air conditioner for your home.


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