Air conditioners are designed to provide homes and families with comfortable living conditions. They provide cool air to get away from the blistering heat of the South, and they make staying home easier.
But what is the science behind these incredible machines? They help keep homes and offices cool in the summer, but how do they do it? Learning about how air conditioners work should be on the mind of every homeowner out there. That’s why Ball Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical is here to help!
Going through this blog will teach you all about air conditioners and how your system works. Whether you’re a new homeowner or a long-term owner, knowing how an AC system works can be a game changer.
How An AC System Cools
An AC system can be intimidating, no matter if you’re going through the process of AC installation with one of our amazing techs or maintaining the quality of your system after installation. But knowing how your AC system is supposed to cool down your home and how it makes that possible is very important to all homeowners. So, how does it work?
The Air Conditioning Process
AC systems have chemicals they utilize to cool down air known as refrigerant. Refrigerants quickly cool gas to liquid at very low temperatures, and from there, the fluid goes through constant evaporation and condensing through the coils of your AC unit. While the refrigerant does that, it pushes air through the fan ducts and vents of the system to push out air from the inside to the outside.
A traditional air conditioning system has three main components:
- A compressor
- A condenser
- An evaporator
A compressor does exactly what its name suggests – it compresses gas down in its large electric pump. When the gas is packed closely together and turned really hot, it makes its way over to the condenser.
The condenser is where hot gas gets changed into cool liquid, and once the liquid is formed, it heads over to the evaporator. Similar to the water cycle, the evaporator turns the liquid from the condenser into cool gas. The heat is extracted during this stage of the process, and the air remaining gets sent back into the home.
How Your AC Keeps You Cool
If you’re worried about where the hot air goes, hot air is lighter than cold air. The cold air produced in the AC unit makes its way into the lower levels of a home, and the warmer air moves to the top of the space.
However, an AC unit is always prepared for this situation. By keeping a constant flow of air throughout the vents and pulling air down through air ducts, the hot air keeps moving, and cold air is consistently pushed through the house. This process goes on and on until every room and floor of the home is at the preferred temperature.
We’ll Get The Ball Rolling
Installing a new AC system or fixing an old cooling unit shouldn’t be scary for any homeowner. Knowing what your system needs to be doing for your home should be the main priority.
Our Biloxi AC team is here to make that process easy. From heating and AC installations to annual repair and maintenance services, our team can help you keep your home comfortable no matter the time of year in Mississippi. When you’re ready for our services Call Ball, That’s All!