Air Conditioning – Many people don’t quite know how an air conditioner works, most people think an airconditioner is used to blow cold air into a space, be it a bedroom, and in doing so the air conditioner will create a comfortable living environment. Don’t be miss lead, air conditioning is the process of altering the properties of air (primarily temperature and humidity) to a more comfortable condition, typically with the aim of distributing the newly conditioned air to an occupied space to improve thermal comfort and indoor air quality.
So in simple terms, how does airconditioning work? Air conditioning runs in a cycle, heat from the air within a room is absorbed and transported using the properties of a gas, this gas is then used to expel the heat from the indoor air elsewhere (normally outside your home) by converting the gas into a liquid form, or visa versa. The process of expelling the heat allows the gas to cool down which in turn is used to cool new air to be expelled back into the space (normally a room inside). The gas in an air conditioning system is used as the medium which absorbs and removes heat from the space to be cooled and subsequently rejected that elsewhere. That is why with every air conditioner you will have an air intake (to capture the hot air) and an air outtake (to expel the newly conditioned air). While this process sounds simple, there are a few points to keep in mind:
It is important to keep in mind that because an air conditioner moves heat between the indoor coil and the outdoor coil, both must be kept just as clean. This means that, in addition to replacing the air filter at the evaporator coil, it is also necessary to regularly clean the condenser coil. Failure to keep the condenser clean will eventually result in harm to the compressor, because the condenser coil is responsible for discharging both the indoor heat (as picked up by the evaporator) and the heat generated by the electric motor driving the compressor.