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iQ Drive Systems®

iQ Drive air conditioners, heat pumps and gas furnaces by Frigidaire are the ultimate in home comfort. They use technology adapted from Asia, where living quarters are close and noise is a major social issue. Here's how iQ Drive systems work:

Inverter-rotary technology. The air conditioning system's and heat pump's inverter component converts the electrical current from AC to DC and, in doing so, can almost infinitely vary the compressor and fan speed motors. This technology is found largely in Asian mini-splits. Launched in 2006, iQ Drive is the first ducted application of this technology for a typical North American residence.

Always running. iQ Drive systems are different in that they are almost always running at a low level. The outdoor units can modulate anywhere from 40 to 118 percent of capacity, instantly adjusting to exactly offset the demands on the home. Because it doesn't cycle on and off like a traditional system, it saves a lot of energy and considerably reduces sound levels. In fact, sound ratings are 59-72 decibels, the lowest in the industry.

The iQ Drive fully modulating gas furnace operates from 50% to 100% of capacity, and then as low as 15% of capacity by using time proportioning. It analyzes the indoor temperature every 60 seconds and adjusts its percentage of firing accordingly. The three-phase motor ensures ultimate quiet in the house.

Dehumidification mode. The iQ Drive air conditioner and heat pump deliver whole-home comfort, in part, through a dehumidification mode function. In very humid climates such as Alabama and Florida, homeowners may still need a separate dehumidification system, but for average- to low-humidity areas, iQ Drive can provide an excellent source of humidity control.

iQ Drive systems are not typical air conditioners and furnaces. They require specialized training before installation. Make sure your Frigidaire dealer is iQ Drive certified by the factory.

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