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Single stage air conditioner: an overview of options

When you start shopping for air conditioners, one of the options that you will encounter are single-stage air conditioners.

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Single stage air conditioner: Tappan ES6BFWhen you start shopping for air conditioners, one of the options that you will encounter is a single-stage air conditioner.

These units are often cheaper than two-stage air conditioners. However, you may want to evaluate more than just their cost before you purchase one.

A single-stage air conditioner has only one fan speed. In contrast, a two-stage air conditioner has two fan speeds. Because they do not have the ability to run on two different speeds, most single-stage air conditioners are not as efficient as their two-stage counterparts. Yet, they are still more energy efficient than most older AC units.

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There are several different manufacturers from whom you can buy a single-stage air conditioner. One model you may encounter while shopping is the Tappan ES6BF. This model features a tough exterior that has been designed to withstand corrosion up to 50 percent better than a standard finish.

It features a SEER rating of up to 16, which means that it is more energy efficient than needed to meet the government's Energy Star program standards.

Another single-stage air conditioner that you may come across while shopping is the Lennox XC17. According to the manufacturer, this unit is the most efficient and quiet single-stage unit currently available in the marketplace.

Shoppers who get a unit with a SEER rating of 18 may save almost $1,700 on their home energy bill over a five year period compared to what they would pay if they had a standard air conditioner. These savings may help offset the air conditioner prices that you may face if you decide to buy one of these models.  

If you are interested in saving even more money, you may be able to add a solar-ready option to your Lennox single-stage air conditioner. When you add this feature to your air conditioning unit, you can opt to run the unit using solar power. By drawing energy from the sun, you can easily offset the cost of purchasing as well as running your AC unit. 

Unfortunately, air conditioners can be expensive, but ideally, you should try to see the money that you spend as an investment in your home and in your family's comfort levels.

To ensure that you are making the right choice, hire a contractor to assist you with the process. Most HVAC contractors are willing to give their clients a free estimate. In many cases, a contractor may even be able to offer you an extended warranty when you install an air conditioner.

With so many different air conditioners available, it can be hard to know where to start. Once you have a contractor, he can answer all of your questions about air conditioners whether you want a single-stage air conditioner or another type.

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