What Makes for a Great Air Conditioning System in Arizona?

The extreme hot temperatures in Arizona from spring to fall can overpower an AC system. In the Phoenix Metro area, when it’s above 100 degrees, the saying goes “stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.” With excessive heat warnings starting to be issued soon from the National Weather Service, your AC will be working overtime to keep your home cool.

If you’re looking to install a new HVAC system or replace an outdated AC unit, here’s what to keep top of mind.

System Performance Speeds

Do you need a single speed, two-stage, or an AC system with variable speed compressors? Single stage systems are the least efficient as they always run at 100% capacity. These units turn on and off frequently. If your AC unit is more than 15 years old, this might be the system installed—certainly not the most cost-effective or energy efficient system for Phoenix metro homes.

Two-stage compressors prevent temperatures in your home from going too high or too low, usually within one or two degrees of the thermostat setting. Running at high speed (full capacity) on the hottest days and low speed (medium capacity) for other days, these systems cycle on and off less frequently than single speed compressors.

A variable speed system is a smart option for Phoenix homes where daytime temperatures can vary widely, especially during monsoon storms. Variable speed AC compressors allow for your system to reach a desired temperature quicker and more efficiently than single speed or two-stage AC systems.
An HVAC expert can help answer all your questions about the best system for your home.

Square Footage Sizing

Finding the right fit is one of the most important steps in selecting an AC system. Would the biggest AC system be the best? Not necessarily. It’s vital to measure the square footage of every room in your house that you’re looking to keep cool. Knowing how much heat per hour your system can remove from your home is an important consideration. This is where a professional can help you determine a properly sized AC system.

When it’s time to upgrade, Bruce’s HVAC professionals can help you choose the right system. Our friendly, knowledgeable technicians have been servicing the Valley of the Sun since 1972. Call us today at 480-968-5652.