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The Five Main Components of a New AC

Have you been on the market recently looking for a new air conditioner? There are a lot of new technological advancements, and it’s so easy to fall into sales writing when looking this stuff up online. An air conditioner can market itself as “revolutionary” or “groundbreaking,” but unless you know what’s actually being changed in the system’s internal function, that’s a pretty big stretch!

That’s why we’re here to help. We think that the more our customers know about air conditioning as a process, the better off they’ll be to invest in a system that works for their homes. We’re not here to just sell you a new, cool air conditioning system, we’re here to match an efficient air conditioner that’s right for your lifestyle.

So, let’s start from scratch! We’re going to go over the five main components of an air conditioner, so you have more info when investing in a new AC installation in Boise, ID!

The Compressor

Let’s start with the most important component of your air conditioner–the compressor! This component uses electricity to pressurize refrigerant in the different areas of your air conditioner. The pressure that is created from the compressor system is used to evaporate and condense refrigerant which is what’s responsible for actually cooling the air.

The Evaporator Coil

In order for your air conditioner to cool air, it needs to pull the heat from the air inside of your house. This is done through evaporation. The evaporator coil evaporates refrigerant. This changes the state of the material from a liquid to a gas, and it also draws heat into it from the surrounding environment. This cools the area inside of your air conditioner!

The Condenser Coil

Then, when the refrigerant is siphoned as a gas to the condenser coil, it is turned from a gas into a liquid, where it pushes out the heat to the environment around it. Since the condenser coil is outdoors, this expels heat outside where you can’t feel it.

The Expansion Valve

When refrigerant is being cycled from evaporator coil to condenser coil, it shrinks and enlarges in size. This is because of the change in pressure, and it’s something that needs to be taken into account so your system doesn’t buckle under all of the pressure.

The expansion valve is responsible for expanding the gaseous refrigerant to allow for the proper amount to enter your system’s condenser coil.

The Blower Fan

How do you think the air gets into your room after it’s cooled in your air conditioner? It’s a simple part of the equation that a lot of homeowners look past. Your ductwork exists to help lead the air to the rooms of your home, but something needs to propel the air through your ductwork in order for it to be felt by you and your family. That’s where the blower fan comes in.

The blower fan propels air from the air conditioner, through your air ducts, and into your rooms. Simple and effective!

With a better idea of how an AC works, you’ll be more informed and therefore more prepared for a new installation purchase with Idaho Heating & Air. Call us today. Your Comfort Is Our Priority!

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