Why your Traditional A/C can’t keep up with the Efficiency of Variable Speed Air Conditioners

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Variable Speed AC Trane - Why your Traditional A/C can't keep up with the Efficiency of Variable Speed Air Conditioners

Today, more and more Northshore homeowners are replacing their traditional AC systems with new variable speed air conditioners like this one from TRANE. At Three Rivers Services, we’ve helped several homeowners just like you in Mandeville, Covington, Slidell, and beyond make the switch to these new systems. 

But what’s the difference between a traditional home AC and a variable speed AC? Read on to learn more!

Traditional ACs Operate in 2 States -- On or Off

If you haven’t upgraded your home’s AC in a while, you most likely have a traditional air conditioning system. This means your AC has 2 states under which it operates: on or off. 

You set your thermostat, and when the temperature inside your home peaks above your desired level, the AC kicks on and keeps running until your home is as cool as you want it. Otherwise, the AC is off.

The Drawbacks of Traditional AC Systems

While they’ve certainly helped keep Northshore residents cool for decades, traditional AC systems do have some drawbacks, including:

  • The AC always works at full capacity when it’s on, sucking up more electricity; it doesn’t slow down its speed if, for example, it only needs to reduce your interior temperature by 1 or 2 degrees
  • You have to wait until your home is too hot for you for your AC to kick on
  • Because your AC isn’t constantly running, pet dander, dirt, and other allergens lay stagnant in your home where they can make you and your family members sick

The Variable Speed Air Conditioner Difference

Unlike traditional ACs, a variable speed air conditioner is always running. But don’t think that means these new models are racking up higher utility bills! The truth is actually quite the opposite!



Variable speed air conditioners’ outside units have compressors and fans that self-regulate how fast they need to work depending on how much you need your AC to cool your home. This means variable speed ACs are only running on full blast on super hot and humid days when there’s a huge temperature difference between the inside of your home and the outdoors. Every other day, your variable speed air conditioner is running only as fast as it needs to in order to keep your home at its desired interior temperature

Overall, these aspects of variable speed air conditioners result in:

  • Better interior temperature management
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Less electricity usage
  • Lower electricity bills

Deciding to Make the Switch

At Three Rivers Services, we’ve been helping Northshore homeowners with their cooling and heating needs for more than 35 years. We understand that deciding to upgrade your home’s AC System is a big decision, not to mention a huge investment.

To help you decide what’s right for you and your family, our comfort specialists are available to evaluate your home’s needs and recommend the best air conditioning model for you. More and more frequently, the answer for Northshore homeowners is to invest in one of these state-of-the-art variable speed air conditioners.

Making Cool Air More Affordable

We know that busy families have a lot of financial responsibilities. That’s why we work with you to make getting the best AC system for your family as affordable as possible. 

Through our partnership with the Wells Fargo Home Project credit card, we’re able to offer qualified homeowners 0% financing for 72 months (that’s 6 years!) on select AC systems!

At Three Rivers Services, your smile is our guarantee, and one of the ways we deliver on that promise is by helping your family stay cool and comfortable for a price you can afford.


Contact Us With Any Questions or to Get a Quote

Whether you have additional questions about variable speed air conditioners before you make your final decision, or you’re ready for pricing information, we’re happy to help. Simply call our Northshore office today at (985) 202-1206.