Your home in St. Louis, Missouri, deserves the best in air conditioning technology. With lots of exciting features available on the market, you can enjoy relief from hot and humid summer weather and improve your indoor air quality. Read on to find out about some of the features you need in your AC system.

Variable Speed Technology

Older air conditioning units typically run at a single speed, either on or off. Newer and more technologically advanced air conditioners can run at variable speeds to within half a degree of your thermostat’s setting. By increasing or decreasing the compressor speed and the indoor and outdoor fan speeds by fractions of a percent, the unit operates at the exact level needed to keep the temperature constant. As a result, you achieve very efficient performance. These units are highly durable and operate more quietly than others.

High SEER Rating

Older air conditioning units can limp along in moderate weather but show their age and strain when it gets hot. Part of their problem can be a low SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which describes the ratio of cooling ability for a given season to the energy consumed over that time period. The Trane XV20i is one of the most efficient air conditioners in the industry, with ratings up to 22 SEER. It makes automatic adjustments and maintains consistent speeds. As a result, you won’t experience any temperature swings.

You can think of it like the miles per gallon your modern vehicle gets. Compare driving a station wagon from the ’70s to a modern hybrid. You get to where you want to go, but the fuel usage is drastically different. High SEER ratings offer tremendous energy savings.

Programmable Thermostat

All air conditioners rely on a thermostat for function. But not all thermostats are created equal. A programmable thermostat such as the ComfortLink II by Trane enables you to customize exactly when and how you cool your home. With a touch screen that displays large and easy-to-read numbers and controls, you can set up programs that take advantage of your air conditioner’s most efficient performance. It’s designed to communicate seamlessly with your HVAC system. It also has the ability to tell you when there’s a problem on the display.

You can set up zones in your house with sensors that are easy to install, and you can control the thermostat from your smartphone or tablet. And if you need a quick glance at the forecast for the day, the outdoor temperature plus the five-day forecast appears prominently on the display.

Quiet Performance

Sound is measured in decibels. Regular conversation, for example, measures at around 60 dB. A vacuum cleaner or washing machine is about 70 dB. You’ve probably been around outdoor and indoor HVAC components that sound much louder than any vacuum. The Trane XV20i boasts a much quieter fan than its competitors and measures at around 55dB. Depending on where your unit sits, that quiet fan can make a huge difference in how much the sound disturbs you. The Trane system is 4dB lower than our competitor’s minimum, which can give you confidence that you’re getting the quietest option you can find to cool your home.

Indoor Air Quality Boost

Come springtime, you notice the fine yellow layer of pollen on just about everything. Your eyes and nose probably notice it, too. You rely on your HVAC system to keep those irritants from blowing through the ducts and into your living room. If you’re prone to allergies, consider adding the Trane CleanEffects air cleaner to your system. It purifies the air with electrostatic cleaning technology and traps up to 99 percent of airborne pollen, dust, and other irritants that pass through the filter. It outperforms even the most advanced HEPA filter and improves your indoor air quality all year round, not just when pollen is everywhere.

Whether you’re looking for the newest exciting features or just hoping to keep your current system running properly with a yearly maintenance program, consider the friendly professionals at Averill Heating & Air Conditioning for all your air conditioning needs. Call today at (314) 427-3825, and let us offer our expertise and knowledge.

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