Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for February, 2014

How an Air Conditioner Works

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

During the Florida spring and summer, we tend to use our air conditioners quite a bit to stave off the sweltering heat and humidity. During the peak season, it may even feel as though your air conditioner never turns off. The HVAC industry has developed quite a bit since the introduction of residential air conditioners into the homeowner’s market. Not only have they become more powerful and efficient, but they are also much more complex than they used to be, with various features and options available. Whether you own a central air conditioner, heat pump, or ductless cooling system, you might want to know a little more about how your AC works so that you can recognize any signs that it requires professional Lakeland, FL air conditioning service.

To start, one of the most important aspects of air conditioning is the refrigerant. The outdoor compressor pressurizes the gaseous refrigerant after it has been used for cooling in the indoor evaporator coil. This compression creates a high pressure and high temperature gas, and the heat is then dissipated by means of an outdoor exhaust fan and condenser coils. The refrigerant is condensed into a high pressure liquid, and then it flows to the expansion valve. The expansion valve releases a set amount of refrigerant into the evaporator coils, lowering the pressure, and as a result the refrigerant evaporates and becomes a gas. This evaporation process absorbs heat from the air, cooling the air that is then distributed throughout your home. Then the refrigerant gas returns to the compressor, and cycle starts again.

The indoor unit contains the evaporator coil and the air handler components, including the blower motor that is responsible for pulling in your indoor air and then pushing it out to through the ductwork back into the home. The outdoor unit contains the compressor and condenser coils as well as the exhaust fan. Central AC is therefore known as a split system, although there are packaged systems that contain all components in a single outdoor unit. We hope that gives you a sense of the basic refrigerant cycle that keeps you cool all summer long.

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Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Does your home suffer from a foul smell every time your AC or heater kicks in? Have you noticed an increase in the amount of dust that settles on your furniture? Are you concerned about the performance and efficiency of your system? There is plenty to think about when you own a home. It may often seem as though keeping track of your HVAC system is not high on the list. But ensuring that your ducts remain in good shape is critically important to the comfort of your home. There are numerous benefits to professional duct cleaning in Lakeland, FL.

  • The first is that the performance of your system will be restored. Depending on the severity of the accumulation, your results will vary, but even small layers of dust in the ductwork can severely reduce the ability of your conditioned air to reach its destination.
  • Another benefit is that removing any accumulations of debris from your ductwork also tends to restore energy efficiency, which is incredibly important, especially during the summer when your AC runs full tilt nearly constantly.
  • Duct cleaning can also remove allergens like dust from your ductwork, which can improve your indoor air quality. This is especially important if you have members of your family that suffer from asthma or allergies.
  • Lastly, keeping your ducts in good shape also prevents problems from developing with other components of your system. Impeding airflow can result in an overworked compressor and can generally reduce the longevity of your entire HVAC system.

There are several benefits to professional duct cleaning worth considering if you think you might need it. When you decide you need duct cleaning, the first step is finding a reputable HVAC company. Look for NATE-certified technicians who have the rigorous training to clean your ducts carefully and thoroughly.

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Why Heat Pump Maintenance is Important

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

If you want the most efficient and effective heat pump possible in your home, then you really should consider professional maintenance. During the course of its service life, your heat pump ensures a significant amount of wear and tear to its system components. When neglected, your heat pump may no longer be able to function properly nor efficiently. This can cause serious damage in the long run and also cut down on your system’s longevity. There are plenty of reasons why heat pump maintenance is not only important but also strictly necessary if you want your system to function at all. Call us today if you need any heat pump service in Lakeland, FL.

When you had your heat pump installed, you probably learned about the importance of keeping your air filter clean. This is typically a task that the homeowner performs him- or herself. It’s crucial to the operation of your system because having dirty air filters can lead to significant airflow issues. Swapping out dirty air filters for new ones can prevent frozen coils and high energy bills, and can also reduce any extra wear and tear to the blower motor and compressor. But this is only a fraction of the maintenance that should be performed on your heat pump from time to time.

Professional heat pump maintenance is much more comprehensive and detailed than merely changing an air filter or two. For example, when you become a member of our Comfort Club, your heat pump receives a detailed annual tune-up to ensure that every components is in good working order. The inspection phase alone is highly important as it allows our technicians the time to get in there to look for any signs that your system is no longer functioning properly. We also make sure that your entire system is thoroughly cleaned for maximum efficiency and performance. While any major repairs are typically done separate from the maintenance, we can also adjust your system so that it has everything it needs to keep you warm all winter long.

Let Air Conditioning Experts take care of your Lakeland, FL heat pump maintenance service. Call us today. 

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