Many people when looking at purchasing an air conditioner (hvac system) for their home come across systems known as inverters. So what is an inverter air conditioning system?
Usually, when a standard appliances of any kind starts there is a sudden spike in power consumption. This can often be seen in some homes where the lights dim or flicker for a few seconds. This is because the appliances is drawing so much electricity to start. This is often the case with standard ducted air conditioners. They draw a lot of power at start up.
Inverter technology in air conditioners allows air conditioners to be more powerful whilst being more energy efficient at the same time. Whilst conventional air conditioners work at a standard fixed speed, inverter air conditioners works like an accelerator of a car, increasing or decreasing power consumption as it is needed. These inverter systems can offer significant energy savings to users.
Inverter air conditioning systems are also sometimes slightly more powerful than non-inverter systems and are also usually quieter to run. Inverter air conditioning systems are more environmentally friendly than standard units and therefore should be considered by anyone considering purchasing an air conditioning system.
Expect to pay a couple of hundred dollars to upgrade a ductless (wall split) unit to an inverter to close to a thousand dollars to upgrade a ducted system. Although this may sound like a lot of money, if you use the system a lot and plan to stay in your home for many years the inverter system should eventually pay for itself in reduced running costs.
Remember, an inverter isn’t a brand of air conditioning unit, it is an option. Many different air conditioning brands will offer inverter systems so do your research before purchasing your new air conditioning system.