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The Difference Between Single-Stage Air Conditioners And Two-Stage Conditioners


As you shop for a new air conditioner, you may notice that there are a number of different types. These differences can be narrowed down to two major types of air conditioners: single-stage air conditioners and two-stage air conditioners. Both types operate on different compressors to compress the refrigerant.

All of these terminologies may seem overwhelming so that’s why we’ve written this article to provide you with the clarity you need to make an informed decision about your purchase. Here are the specific details about each type of air conditioner.

Single-Stage Air Conditioners

Single-stage air conditioners have only one level of operation: high. You can turn the unit on and off while receiving blasts of cool air in intervals. The cost of the unit is generally lower than two-stage air conditioners.

Two-Stage Air Conditioners

Two-stage air conditioners have two settings: high and low. This is great news when you experience those days that aren’t so hot but also aren’t so cool. You can set your air conditioner to full blast during a heat wave or on a lower setting during those milder days. The unit will run on a lower setting until the outdoor temperature starts to substantially increase. Although two-stage air conditioners tend to cost more, they come with more options and offer more flexibility.

A two-stage air conditioner could be a more energy efficient option since it turns on and off less often. Turning your unit on and off usually takes up a great deal of energy whereas two-stage air conditioners run during longer cycles shifting between low and high settings. This also creates a more comfortable indoor environment because the variable speed of the compressor‘s longer run times dehumidify your home.

Both types of air conditioners can offer great benefits depending on the make of your home and the energy consumption in your home. Whichever one you decide to go with, be sure to make ClimateCare your choice for providing you and your family with the comfort you need during the hot summer months. Contact your nearest member to learn more.