What is an Inverter Air Conditioner?

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Unless you’re in the air conditioning industry, you may not exactly know the technology behind how an air conditioner works. It can be a little intimidating, especially for those of us who aren’t the most tech-savvy.

That’s where we come in. Here we explain a new kind of technology for air conditioners that may help to keep your AC unit running all summer long.

Let’s first take a look at how a normal air conditioner works:

How an Air Conditioner Works

Willis Carrier created the first modern air conditioner in 1902. He developed the new technology in order to solve a humidity problem at a publishing house in Brooklyn, New York. He found that he could use chemicals that easily convert from a gas to a liquid and back again. Similar to your refrigerator, an air conditioner relies on exterior walls to keep the cold air inside. While a refrigerator has an exterior to keep the inside cold, an air conditioner relies on the walls of your home to keep the cold air in and the hot out.

Inverter Air Conditioners

Inverter technology uses a speed compressor motor that is more similar to a car. It will simply slow down and speed up as needed to hold a selected temperature. In a normal air conditioner, when the cooling or heating capacity needs to be increased, the compressor will operate faster and increase the amount of coolant. When the inverter is turned on, the compressor also operates quickly in order to heat or cool the room quickly. When the set temperature is achieved, the compressor slows down helping to maintain a constant temperature.


Although converters may be slightly more expensive to purchase, their benefits greatly make up for their cost. An inverted air conditioner is at least 30 to 50 percent cheaper to run since it consumes less power. They are also much quieter than a regular air conditioner and are much faster at achieving the ideal room temperature.

Contact One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo for any of your AC needs, such as repairs or maintenance.