Frequently Asked Questions – Heating and Cooling
What is a Two Speed Air Conditioner?
High efficiency air conditioners use a compressor that has a high and low
speed motor built into it. This allows for easier starting, better dehumidification
and more even cooling in your home. These compressors are also much more
energy efficient and start and stop less to save energy and wear and tear
on the system. Two speed compressors work well for dehumidification and
provide more even comfort in your home.
Can My New Air Conditioning System Act as A Dehumidifier?
With the Carrier Infinity system you will have the ability to control the
humidity level in your home for both heating and cooling. During the summer
months the system will run at lower speeds and maintain the humidity level
so when cooling is required your home will cool faster and be more comfortable.
Two speed or variable speed air conditioning is recommended but not required.
Only available with Carrier Infinity furnaces on air handlers.
Do You Sell Whole House Dehumidifiers?
Edison Heating & Cooling offers a complete line of Aprilaire and Carrier
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) products including whole house dehumidifiers.
They can be added to any warm air heating system or ducted in for standalone
operation. A site visit is required by our Comfort Advisor for pricing.
What is a Modulating Gas Furnace?
When used to describe a gas furnace modulating means that the gas valve
is constantly adjusting to allow more or less gas into your furnace to
better regulate the heating in your home. All modulating furnaces come
with variable speed blower motor. Most brand use a timer to control this
When paired with the Carrier Infinity Control your modulating furnace will
regulate the output of your furnace to provide a constant air temperature
in your home as required by the room temperature. The Infinity Control
will also regulate the fan speed to provide a blanket of warm comfortable
air circulating throughout your home and will all but eliminate hot and
cold spots in your home.
What is a Variable Speed Furnace?
When used to describe a furnace the term variable speed refers to the indoor
blower motor or fan on a high efficiency system. This allows the blower
motor to speed up and slow down gradually to eliminate the blast of cold
air often felt when a furnace first comes on for heating. Most brands
use a timer to control this operation.
When paired with the Carrier Infinity Control the variable speed motor
becomes more independent and will regulate the fan speed based on room
temperature to provide your home with warm air circulating throughout
your home to help eliminate hot and colds spots during the heating season.
During the cooling season when paired with the Carrier Infinity Control
the blower motor will optimize its speed to provide quicker cooling at
higher room temperatures and more gradual cooling once the room is closer
to temperature. This results in improved dehumidification and a higher
level of comfort in your home. These motors are very energy efficient
and often save over $ 100.00 per season in energy costs.
A standard gas furnace offers a multi speed blower motor or fan and can
be set for individual speeds. One speed for heating and another for cooling
and they are not adjustable based on temperature or humidity.
Should I Replace My Furnace and Air Conditioning at the Same Time?
While you are not required to replace both pieces of equipment at the same
it is always recommended. Today’s high efficiency systems receive
all their energy ratings as a complete system. So to maximize you’re
your energy efficiency it required a match set of equipment. Often we
replace a washer and dryer at the same time because they often wear out
at the same rate. Usually in a home the air conditioner has a shorter
life span but furnace repairs often become more frequent and expensive
at the same time. People often spend money on short term repairs when
they could already be saving with a new high efficiency system. It is
also less expense to replace both pieces of equipment at the same time
because we can optimize our field labor and expenses with one visit to
your home and pass the savings along to you.