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All About Inverter HVAC: Pros and Cons

Cassie Pound, owner of Quality Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric
Published by
Cassie Pound
August 30, 2022
All About Inverter HVAC: Pros and Cons

If you have questions about inverter HVAC systems or heat pumps or need reliable HVAC installation in Tulsa, OK, call Quality Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing at (918) 212-0122. We can answer your questions or schedule an appointment for repair and maintenance.

As air conditioner technology improves, engineers and AC manufacturers can refine old machines to boost efficiency. They also learn how to create entirely new systems that outperform old ones. There used to be only one kind of HVAC system available to cool homes, and all air conditioners had to follow that schematic.

However, there is a new form of air conditioner called the inverter HVAC system. An inverter air conditioner offers an entirely different cooling method that optimizes indoor comfort. Let’s look at what an inverter HVAC is and weigh the pros and cons it offers over standard cooling solutions.

What Is an Inverter HVAC?

Inverter air conditioners are significant improvements over conventional HVAC systems. Air conditioner manufacturers designed them to be more energy-efficient and to bypass many of the negative qualities of standard AC units. They utilize adjustable compressor speeds to accomplish this task.

These air conditioners reach your desired temperature by operating at the highest speed; then, they adjust the compressor speed to maintain the same temperature without having significant fluctuations.

The Pros of Having an Inverter HVAC

Since developers designed inverter HVAC systems to combat the fallacies of regular HVAC systems, they have many benefits compared to a typical HVAC unit. These systems are incredibly efficient, quiet, and stable. They are also compatible with solar panels, which is rare for an HVAC system.

In addition to these benefits, inverter HVAC units offer several other pros.

Lower Energy Consumption

The biggest flaw with regular HVAC systems is that they operate at 100% capacity when they turn on. They are incapable of running at anything less than maximum capacity. This drawback is because the compressors cannot change how much power they need to use.

Inverter air conditioners can vary their compressor speeds when they don’t have to work hard. This capability helps reduce the energy used by nearly 40% yearly! Lower energy usage also means lower energy bills.

Quiet Operation

Inverter HVAC units operate so quietly that you won’t even hear them running, even when they turn on or off. Conversely, normal HVAC units make loud clicks and squeaks when turning on.

Inverter units attribute this noise reduction to their ability to operate at reduced speeds. Since the compressor can run in stages, it can quietly increase speed to run at various paces. Additionally, the interior fan can run without the compressor running.

Even Cooling for Rooms

The biggest thing that traditional HVAC systems fail at producing is even cooling in all rooms of a house. The thermostat reads in one specific area of a home, and the vents blow air in different places. As a result, the thermostat often has an inaccurate reading of the home’s temperature.

Inverter air conditioners can push air in different directions from the same unit, providing even cooling for one or many rooms within the same airflow.

Compatible with Solar Power

Older HVAC systems are wildly inefficient. Since those older HVAC systems use a significant amount of power, they drain solar systems of every available kilowatt. Without power saved in your batteries, you lose the energy efficiency you wanted when you installed the solar panels.

However, inverter air conditioners are incredibly efficient, so they don’t drain as much power from your batteries or solar panels as older AC units. If you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint or lower your power bills with solar energy, an inverter HVAC is the best AC unit you can buy.

The Cons of Having an Inverter HVAC

While inverter HVAC systems have many benefits, they also have some drawbacks. For example, these systems rely on previous construction, have different technology than standard HVAC systems, and are very expensive.

Reliant on Proper Insulation

Inverter air conditioners rely on proper insulation to cool a home. If your house is not adequately insulated, your power bills may not go down. They may even increase!

Older homes are also susceptible to this problem because they are often poorly insulated compared to modern homes. If you install an inverter HVAC, consider evaluating your home’s insulation.

May Result in Higher Humidity in the Home

Inverter air conditioners can cool rooms exceptionally quickly. Because of this, the compressor often runs in short bursts to maintain the temperature in the room. However, a compressor running in short bursts cannot efficiently remove humidity from your home.

A higher humidity level in the home will create an uncomfortable atmosphere, regardless of temperature. It may also cause mold or allergy and asthma issues.

High Initial Cost

Inverter air conditioners are new and relatively unknown, so the demand for these machines is low. As is typical with new technology, they are also expensive. In addition, they contain costly parts and components, which increase the prices.

The trade-off for these high prices is the low operating costs. However, the high initial cost may turn some off from purchasing one.

High Repair Costs

Since inverter HVAC systems are relatively new, it takes special training and professional knowledge to work on them. Most inexperienced HVAC companies won’t be able to work on them, and some experienced ones will charge hefty fees for general maintenance. Emergencies repairs will likely skyrocket the price.

Quality HVAC System Solutions

If you’re thinking about buying and installing an inverter HVAC system, hopefully, this breakdown of what they are and their qualities will help you decide whether you want one or not. If you’re considering replacing your AC unit because of cooling problems, read here to know more about the common problems with HVAC cooling systems before buying a new HVAC system. It could help you save money by finding an easy fix you didn’t know you needed!

If you need AC replacement, repair, or maintenance, call Quality Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing at (918) 212-0122 for work in Glenpool, OK, or (918) 221-0301 for work in Tulsa, OK.

Cassie Pound, owner of Quality Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric
Published by
Cassie Pound

Cassie Pound is the Vice President of Quality Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric with locations in Tulsa, Glenpool, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma.