Summer is very quickly approaching as the weather is heating up fast. If you suffer from the Minnesota heat and humidity, you likely know the importance of air conditioning. If you have ever wondered how your air conditioning system works in your home, this blog series is for you. This three blog series will go through air conditioners and the details of how they work to cool your home. How Does Air Conditioning Work For Cooling Your Home
What Is an Air Conditioner?
So what is an air conditioner? An air conditioner is a device that cools the air in a room. It does this by removing heat from the air, which is released outside through a condenser coil. Air conditioners can do this more efficiently than other cooling systems because they use refrigerants to remove heat from inside your home and release it outside, where it will dissipate into the atmosphere. A standard central AC unit consists of four parts: an indoor unit (or compressor), an outdoor unit (condenser), heat exchanger coils, and refrigerant tubing connecting them together. The compressor pumps refrigerant through these tubes; when heated up during its journey through your home’s ductwork and vents, it transfers some of its thermal energy to your house. Heat exchangers on both ends of these tubes transfer this thermal energy back into liquid form to be recirculated throughout the system for further cooling effect. This process works better when there are multiple points where different temperatures meet along each tube’s length so that one end does not warm up or cool down too quickly relative to another part of itself.
The Basics of Refrigeration
In order to understand how air conditioning works, you need to know a little bit about the physics of refrigeration. The basic principle behind refrigeration is the absorption of heat by a liquid and its subsequent release through evaporation. The first step in any refrigeration cycle is when a substance (the “refrigerant”) absorbs heat from its environment and forms a gas—this process is known as evaporation. When this happens, the volume of the gas increases and its temperature decreases: it has lost energy to become less dense. In other words, it’s cold! The next step is for that cold gas to separate from what’s left behind (its liquid state). This separation happens at an interface between two phases: liquid and vapor. The result? A cooled component of your AC: condensation!
Types of Air Conditioning
There are main two types of air conditioning, split system and central. The split system is more common in homes because it is cheaper to install and maintain. A central air conditioner is a more expensive option, but it cools the whole house at once instead of just one room or area like a split system does. The pros and cons of each type depend on what you need from your AC unit. If you only want to cool one room or area, then a split system may be best for you because it’s less expensive than installing an entire central unit throughout your house. If you’re looking for cooling all over your home at once though, then purchasing a central unit will be the better choice since it costs less over time since there are not any individual units needing maintenance separately from each other!
For those living in Minnesota, understanding how air conditioning works is especially useful during extreme heat. But no matter where you live, AC units can help keep your home more comfortable when the weather gets hot. When you need your air conditioner maintained or replaced, reach out to All Climate Mechanical. We will inspect the system and determine the best course of action to keep it working efficiently and effectively for years to come.
For your air conditioning maintenance and services, feel free to contact All Climate Mechanical before summer begins. We are your local HVAC contractor in Roseville, Minnesota. Contact us for an appointment!