Air Conditioners 101

air_con_unitThere is nothing worse than having your house constantly hot during the Summer time. That being said, I absolutely love and appreciate my air conditioner. As defined, air conditioning is a process where the properties of air are altered to more favorable conditions. Did you know that the first modern air conditioning system was created in 1902 in Brooklyn, New York. So how do these machines work? How air conditioners work to lower the ambient air temperature in a given room in your home for instance is is a very simple scientific principle. Other than the initial simple scientific principle, there are just some mechanical techniques employed that make the machine work effectively.

In order to chill indoor air to a cooler overall temperature, your air conditioning unit utilizes a process known as refrigeration. Your unit exploits this basic idea of refrigeration by forcing chemical compounds to evaporate and condense over and over again in a closed system of coils within the unit.  Air conditioning units have fans specifically designed to move warm air in a room over these chilled coils within the unit. When the warmer air from the room flows over the chilled coils within the unit, the warmth in the air is absorbed making it cool off. The liquid is changed to a gas, then back to a cooler liquid again during this conversion process. Although this might be a tad complicated, it really is just a basic conversion process working over and over again. Most units use this process of refrigeration, but sometimes a process of evaporation is used more commonly in buildings or vehicles. This cools air through evaporating water. Did you realize that air conditioners actually have multiple jobs? Yes, they cool the air, but they also act as a monitor and regulator of air temperature, they also remove  unwanted air particles helping to clean the air, and function as dehumidifiers. The unit moves air from the room into the unit and back out into the room.

There are a few major pieces to an air conditioning unit. The evaporator receives the liquid refrigerant, the condenser facilitates heat transfer, the expansion valve helps to regulate refrigerant flow into the evaporator and finally the compressor which is a pump that pressurizes the refrigerant. Now that we know a little bit more about how an air conditioning unit actually works, it is important to keep regular maintenance on your unit so that it continues to work at its optimum level. Be sure to regular clean and maintain the unit so there isn’t a buildup of dirt and debris that can bog it down causing it to run less efficiently and your energy bill to increase. If you find that your air conditioning unit needs some repair and you live around Naples, Florida then you might want to check out Sunset Air. Fixing malfunctioning air conditioning units right away can help you save a lot of money. If you are in the market for a new unit, they can hook you up as well.

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