Today was a horrible day.
I open the door to my office and immediately found out that the AC unit at work broke. We spent the whole day working in the heat – it was 90 degrees outside.
No one got much work done, and I had a very bad headache – probably from heat exhaustion.
But everything changed once I got home.
I opened my front door and all of the sudden a rush of cool air hit me, I was in heaven! For the rest of the day, I got to be spoiled by one of the greatest inventions of all times, my air conditioner.
Can you imagine what life would be like if we didn’t have this wonderful machines?
I don’t know about you but I live in Florida, and it gets pretty hot down here. I’m not sure if I would be able to sleep at night without my ac blasting, or survive the hot summer days for that matter.
As I sat in my office, melting under the flesh penetrating heat and humidity, I began to appreciate the blessing of having an air conditioner.
As I continued to melt, I began to wonder, what makes this life saving machines work?
After some thoughts I decided to embark on an adventure of information on the anatomy and wonders of my air conditioning system. I even called a local ac repair company in Miami to clarify a few things.
The rest of this article will explain everything I found.
How Air Conditioners Work
It turns out that there are different types of air conditioning systems, including portable systems, central air systems among others…
Although these systems vary in many aspects, the principles and processes are essentially the same.
One of the main components of an air conditioning system is the condensing unit. Inside this unit you can find the condensing coils, a compressor and also the condense fan motor. This is the unit that you usually see outside most homes.
Another important part of your system is the evaporator coils. This part of the system is usually found inside your home, usually mounted on top of a furnace or air handler. It is often found inside a closet or inside a garage.
Both of these systems have a brain also known as the thermostat. If you are looking for more information on how this part of the air conditioner works, you can visit acrepairmiamifl.net
Once you set a temperature on your thermostat your system stars working to maintain that temperature.
A blowing fan inside your furnace sucks in hot air from a room. The air is then sent thru the evaporator coils where it gets cooled down. The cooler air is then forced thru the homes air duct venting system which returns it back to your home.
This whole process continues to repeat until the set temperature on the thermostat is reached. When the desired temperature is attained, the thermostat sends a signal to the system and puts it on pause until the room temperature increases.
The compressor outside is essentially a pump that pumps liquid into the condensing coils. These coils dissipate the heat as the liquid travels thru them. The fan also works to assist the coils in removing heat from the compressed liquids.
Once this process is done, the cool liquids travel to the inside of the house to the evaporator coils inside your home. When this liquid enters the coils, it turns into a gas, which makes the coils cold. This gas then flows back to the compressor, which turns it back in to a liquid and the whole process repeats again.
The temperature inside your home or office is controlled by a thermostat. You simply set a desired temperature and your thermostat goes to work. It tells the system to begin working until the set temperature is reached.
Once the system achieves the temperature that you set, the thermostat unit sends a signal to the rest of the system to take a break, at least until the temperature rises again, in which case everything starts all over again.
The whole process can be broken into three main components, temperature control, cooling, and circulation.
It is essentially a cycle of things that work together to keep your home feeling cool and you feeling happy!
I hope this article gives you a better understanding as to how an air conditioner works.
I am curious, has your air conditioner system ever broken down? If so, what are some of the creative things you have done to keep yourself cooled? Leave your answers in a comment below!
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
Here is a little video that should cover things in a more visual way: