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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