Many of us use our air conditioners constantly over the summer to try and stay cool. Although your AC system may seem like magic when it works properly, it is a piece of machinery just like your car, microwave, refrigerator, etc. And like with any machine, it’s important to know how your AC system works so that you can keep it running efficiently and maximize its longevity. Air conditioners run off of electricity, which is why it’s critical to ensure they’re efficient. This is especially true over the summer when the AC is constantly running, which can really increase your energy bills.
You can actually think of your AC system as a giant refrigerator for your house. In fact, the only main difference is that the refrigerator keeps a small insulated area cool while your AC system cools your entire home or office. It is comprised of basically the same elements, components, and systems as a fridge. It even uses refrigerant just like a refrigerator, which changes from liquid to gas and back again quickly as it goes through a series of coils. This process circulates the heat outside and replaces the air inside your home with cooler air. The chilled air is then processed by your air handler that blows cold air throughout the house via a maze of ductwork.
Every AC system is comprised of 3 basic elements - a condenser, an evaporator, and a compressor. The compressor and condenser are located on the outside unit while the evaporator can be found inside the home. The compressor condenses and circulates refrigerant through the outdoor unit. Through this process, it turns the refrigerant from gas to liquid, and then forces the liquid through the evaporator coils. The indoor unit’s fan then circulates the air past the evaporator fins. which cools the air and converts the liquid back to a vapor. That cooled air then blows into and circulates the home while moving warm air out.
Every AC system is comprised of 3 basic elements - a condenser, an evaporator, and a compressor.
The thermostat tells the system when the air reaches your desired temperature and then stops the system from continuing to use electricity when it’s not needed. It’s important to keep every component of your AC system functioning properly. While you don’t need to know all the “ins and outs” of your AC system, you should remember to keep it clean, receive proper maintenance, have regular tune-ups, and change the filters to keep it running smoothly and increase its life.
If you need a tune-up or repair, contact A#1 Air today. We offer highly competitive pricing and exceptional service. And if you need a new system, we’ll help you choose the right one to meet your home’s specific needs. Plus, we’re here for you 24/7 with no overtime charges. We also back all our work with 100% satisfaction guarantees. Call us today.