How Does an Air Conditioner Work?

Bryant system photoYou may be surprised knowing that two thirds of all the homes in the US have air conditioners. Just over 5% of all the electricity needs in the country are attributed to home air conditioners. The costs related to air conditioning is $11 billion dollars a year.

The way an air conditioner works may be contrary to how you thinks it works. You probably think an air conditioner creates cool air and then blows it into the rooms of your home via a duct system of vents. Well, it does blow air through your duct system, but it actually extracts the warm air from your home through an air return vent and then transfers it to an outside unit that disposes of the warm air, thus cooling down the inside air.

It does all this through an indoor coil called the evaporator. The outside unit, called the condenser, which is also a coil, releases the heat collected from inside and transferred to the outside unit. In order to transfer this heat, a pump, which is called the compressor, moves the heat through a fluid called the refrigerant, between the evaporator and the condenser. So the refrigerant then evaporates in the indoor evaporator coil, pulling heat out of the indoor air and cooling your home and the hot refrigerant gas is pumped outdoors into the condenser where it reverts back to a liquid, giving up its heat to the outside air flowing over the condenser’s metal tubing and fins.

As always, it is important to keep your air conditioning units, both inside and out, well maintained. Preventative maintenance will save a lot in repair bills later, as well as keep your air conditioning equipment operating efficiently.

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