What function does an air conditioner serve?

Air conditioners are devices used to control indoor climates and keep you warm or cool as the temperature outside changes the temperature inside. They use an air conditioning refrigerant and a system of filters, evaporators, compressors, condensers, and ducts to create and distribute cold air.  There is a different answer for heating.

What is the difference between the air handler and the condensing unit?

Central air conditioning usually utilizes a split-system, which means part of the air conditioner that produces cold air (the air handler) is inside in the house, while the part that collects the hot air (the condenser) resides on the outside of the house.  The air handler takes the place of a furnace inside the home, usually in the attic, and consists of an evaporator coil (air conditioning coils) and air conditioning refrigerant. The air handler blows air through the evaporator coil and then transfers it throughout the home or building using the ducts to ensure every room is receiving cold air. The condensing unit is located outside the home or building and does the same thing, but in reverse:  it removes hot air from the system and transfers it through a coil so that the refrigeration cycle can begin again.

How often should I change or clean my air conditioning filter?

To ensure the efficiency of your air conditioning system, change or clean your air conditioning filter every one to two months to prevent dirt and allergens from polluting your environment’s air.  If someone in your family is especially sensitive to air quality, consider changing your air conditioner filters more often.

Should I call my air conditioning company or air conditioning contractor if I notice a problem with my air conditioner?

If maintained properly, your air conditioning system should give you up to 12-15 years of use.  In the event that your air conditioning unit is making strange noises, stopping and starting irregularly, leaking fluid, or simply not cooling efficiently enough, it might be time to seek the services of an air conditioning technician.  Often, the cost of repairs exceeds the cost of a new air conditioning system, so be sure to get several estimates from qualified air conditioning contractors before committing to repairs. 

Why choose a portable air conditioner?

Portable air conditioning is a convenient, cost-effective cooling option for those living in small spaces, such as apartments.  It requires no duct system, as the air is blown through a fan on the front of the air conditioning unit.  Because the units are compact, easily accessible, and therefore easy to clean, portable air conditioners are also an excellent choice for senior citizens or physically disabled individuals. 

How can I cut my air conditioning costs?
Saving money on your energy bills is easy if you adopt the following habits:

  • Cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils (in the air conditioning compressor) at least once a year to remove rust buildup;
  • Changing or cleaning your air conditioning filters monthly or bi-monthly;
  • Setting your thermostat higher.  Digital thermostats can also regulate your home’s temperature by increasing or decreasing energy use at peak times of the day;
  • Keeping air conditioning refrigerant at its proper level so that it can properly cycle through your system and provide you with enough cool air;
  • Having a professional clean your air ducts at least once a year, or at least three times a year for a commercial property;
  • Checking all the air vents for proper air flow. If they are obstructed, then the problem is probably with your air conditioner filter;
  • Having your home or business professionally evaluated for proper ventilation.  You might need more vents or ducts to ensure thorough climate control.

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