The heart of your air conditioner is the compressor, which pumps the refrigerant by your system. Your indoor unit has an evaporator wire which captures the heat with the refrigerant and it is piped outdoors to your condensing unit. Once outdoors the heated refrigerant flows by your condensing wire which releases the heat by blowing outdoor air across the wire cooling the refrigerant which then flows back indoors providing you the cooling needed. The cooled refrigerant flows by the evaporator wire and air is passed over the wire by a blower motor that is in your indoor unit. This air then enters you’re your duct system and is distributed by your home or building. This course of action is the same in a divided system or package unit.
basic Factors for Proper Cooling
The most important factor is that your system be sized properly. Making sure that you have taken in all factors including climate, building material, sun exposure, occupant level, machinery, appliances or any other uncommon factors in calculating the load on the structure is very important. The best course of action is doing a room by room calculation so that you determine exactly what must happen for your indoor comfort in each space.
Just as important as sizing, the installation of the system is basic to proper performance and efficiency. Proper duct sizing, refrigerant piping and charging of the system must be installed per manufacturer’s recommendations or your system will not function properly. Most airflow issues can be solved by simply making sure that your supply and return plenums are sized and installed properly.
Finally, proper maintenance of the system will ensure that all elements are working properly and that your coils, both evaporator and condensing, are clean from debris so that your refrigerant will react properly and remove the heat that is required.
There are many different types of units to adjust to the conditions regarding obtainable install space, capacity issues and environmental factors. What is typical for the Northeast will not work in the Southwest. For simplicity sake there are three basic system types that will work in 95% of all conditions, these are package units, divided systems, and ductless units.
This is sometimes called a self-contained unit where all parts and elements of a heating and cooling system are all in one unit. This kind of unit is used in commercial applications where units are typically on a roof. Residences sometimes use this kind of system where space indoors is of short supply.
This system consists of two separate units connected by piping and wiring. A typical divided system will have a condensing unit (outdoor unit) and a furnace or air handler (indoor unit). The indoor unit usually has a heating and cooling section.
This system is typically used in small spaces where cooling and heating is needed just for a particular identify. Basements, attics or small offices are great for this system.
There are many other systems obtainable but as stated earlier these descriptions will help you understand 95% of all applications.
System kind usually indicates what kind of fuel is used for heating either gas, oil, electric, and heat pump or geothermal. 95% of cooling systems will use refrigerant, but other cooling methods are sometimes used. System types can be identified by:
1. A/C with electric heat.
2. A/C with gas heat.
3. A/C with oil heat.
4. Heat pump with either gas or electric as back-up heat source.
5. Geothermal where groundwater is used for heating and cooling.