As summer heats up, more and more homeowners in Citrus County, Florida, will start using their air conditioning units to combat the heat and humidity. You may have wondered what goes on inside your air conditioning unit. Explore how an air conditioner uses different components to cool your home and transfer heat outside your home.
The Air Cooling Process
The unit inside your home pulls in warm air through return air vents. The warm air passes over the evaporator coil inside the unit, which has coolant or refrigerant flowing through it. The coil acts like a chiller pipe and cools the air. As the air cools, it also loses some of its moisture and becomes less humid. Vents in the floors and walls of your home return the cooled air back into your rooms.
Keeping the Refrigerant Cool
As the refrigerant inside the evaporator coil absorbs heat from the air, the refrigerant becomes hot. The refrigerant, a chemical substance, can easily convert from liquid to gas and vice versa. The heat transferred from the air turns the fluid refrigerant into gas.
This gas then flows to the compressor, which increases its pressure. The high pressure refrigerant is now forced through the outside condenser unit where the refrigerant releases its heat and returns to liquid form. The refrigerant flows back to the evaporator coil inside your home to start the air conditioning process over again.
Heat Transfer to the Outside Air
The compressor and condenser are in the unit placed outside your home, which also has a fan and some metal fins. The heat released in the condenser gets transferred to these metal fins, and the fan helps release this heat outside.
Now that you know a bit about how your air conditioner works, you can appreciate how we at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. have been working with these systems for over two decades. If you need any help with your air conditioning installation or repairs, call us at 866-881-5935.
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