Summer has arrived with record heat across the country, and with a lot households having some type of air conditioner, it’s the best way to escape the sun. As you are unwinding in your comfortably cool home or office, grateful that your air conditioner functions, let’s take a peek at how a typical AC system works.
Your air conditioner runs the similar to your refrigerator, but obviously instead of keeping a small space cool, it has to cool your entire home. Both use a refrigerant that converts swiftly from liquid to gas, back to liquid again. In your air conditioner, the refrigerant is on a regular circle from the exterior to the interior of your house. It goes into the house as a sub-cooled liquid that evaporates and assembles or soaks up heat from the air within your house, expands back into vapor, then heads to the outside condensing unit where it dissipates the heat and is changed back to a sub-cooled liquid.
Your AC system is created out of four critical parts: an evaporator coil, a compressor, a condensing coil, and an expansion valve or metering device.
The part where your refrigerant evaporates from a sub-cooled liquid to a super-heated vapor is called the evaporator coil, which may be inside, in your attic, or situated in the garage. As warm indoor air is carried throughout the cold evaporator coil, heat is removed from the air…and the colder air is driven among your house.
From the evaporator coil, the now super-heated vapor refrigerant returns to the compressor based in your outside condensing unit. The compressor enhances the pressure of the vapor until it changes into a hot, high pressure vapor. The now super-hot vapor enters the condenser coil where a lower amount hot air blows across the coil, removing heat to the outdoors, and changes the refrigerant to a sub-cooled liquid. The sub-cooled liquid refrigerant is pushed to the indoor evaporator coil where, through an expansion valve or metering device, the process is redone.
Your HVAC system is a consistent loop of processes. We realize the important thing to you likely isn’t what happens behind the scenes, but that it’s functioning correctly. If you’d like to think about the process or just about staying cool, give our professionals a call at 772-353-4633. We will team up with you and the laws of physics to confirm you comfortable this summer.