Variable-Speed Air Handlers Are Better At Handling Humidity, Too

Homeowners in the Tampa Bay area often use dehumidifiers or single-speed air handlers – the indoor part of your central A/C system – to reduce humidity. These same folks often complain of high utility bills, noise, inconsistent temperatures and poor performance. If you’re experiencing these problems, a variable-speed air handler might help.

The variable-speed fan motor in such an air handler runs at a range of speeds, allowing it to precisely control the flow of cooled air throughout your home’s ductwork. The fan of a single-speed model runs at one speed – high – all the time, turning on and off throughout the day. The more “intelligent” variable-speed air handler only works as hard as it needs to, when it needs to, cycling up and down for an even temperature and humidity level. Variable-speed air handlers have these advantages:

  • They are powerhouses when it comes to removing humidity from the air.
  • They work with your air filtration system for cleaner air.
  • These air handlers control the home’s temperature and humidity smoothly, without the abrupt transitions and blasts of cold air you get from the one-speed units.
  • They run more quietly, because they are able to power up and down gradually and because they run at low speed most of the time.
  • They offer a chance to cut your utility bills, because they work more efficiently.

The bottom line: Variable-speed air handlers offer consistent, quiet comfort at a lower long-term cost.

We invite you to bring your questions about home humidity to the professionals at Simpson Air. We are happy to answer questions and proud to serve the HVAC needs of the Tampa Bay area.