Central air conditioning is a system that cools the air in your entire home. It consists of an outdoor unit, an indoor unit, and ductwork that connects the two.
The outdoor unit contains the compressor and condenser, which are responsible for removing heat from the air. The indoor unit contains the evaporator, which is responsible for cooling the air before it is circulated throughout the home.
Central air conditioning is a more efficient way to cool your home than window units or portable air conditioners. It can also provide more consistent cooling throughout your home.
How Does Central Air Conditioning Work?
Central air conditioning works by using a refrigeration cycle. The refrigeration cycle consists of the following four steps:
- Compression. The compressor draws in refrigerant gas and compresses it, which raises the temperature and pressure of the gas.
- Condensation. The hot, compressed gas is then passed through the condenser, where it cools and condenses into a liquid.
- Expansion. The liquid refrigerant is then passed through an expansion valve, which lowers the pressure of the liquid.
- Evaporation. The low-pressure liquid refrigerant is then passed through the evaporator, where it cools and evaporates, absorbing heat from the air.
The refrigerant then goes back to the compressor, and the cycle repeats.
How to Choose the Right Size Central Air Conditioner
The size of your central air conditioner is important for ensuring that it is able to cool your home properly. An undersized air conditioner will not be able to keep your home cool, while an oversized air conditioner will be inefficient and waste energy.
To choose the right size air conditioner, you will need to know the square footage of your home and the climate you live in. You can use a central air conditioner sizing calculator to help you determine the right size air conditioner for your home.
How to Install Central Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning can be a complex installation, so it is important to hire a qualified HVAC contractor. The contractor will need to size the air conditioner properly, install the outdoor unit, install the indoor unit, and install the ductwork.
How to Maintain Your Central Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning should be maintained regularly to ensure that it is operating properly and efficiently. The most important maintenance tasks for you to complete are:
- Changing the air filter regularly.
- Cleaning the coils.
- Having the unit serviced by a qualified HVAC contractor every year.
Tips for Saving Energy with Central Air Conditioning
There are a number of things you can do to save energy with your central air conditioning. Here are a few tips:
- Keep your air filter clean. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and make your air conditioner work harder, which can waste energy.
- Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature of your home when you are asleep or away, which can save you even more energy.
- Seal any air leaks around your home. Air leaks can waste energy by allowing hot air in and cool air out.
- Get your air conditioner serviced regularly. A well-maintained air conditioner will be more efficient and will save you money on your energy bills.
Central air conditioning is a great way to keep your home cool and comfortable. By choosing the right size air conditioner, installing it properly, and maintaining it regularly, you can save energy and money.
Complete Air Mechanical is Your Solution to Preventative Maintenance
If you would like to save money by extending the life of your air conditioning system, you should contact the professionals at Complete Air Mechanical. We can schedule a preventative maintenance visit for you right away.