During hot summer weather, most homeowners rely on air conditioners for indoor comfort. What many people don’t know is how the system’s evaporator and condenser coils work together to cool their home.
What Is an Evaporator Coil?
It’s common belief that the air conditioner works by adding cold air to your home. But that’s not accurate. What actually takes place is the heat from the indoor air is transferred to air exiting the home. The newly cooled air then travels throughout the home via the ductwork. The transfer of heat takes place in the evaporator coil located in the indoor component of the air conditioner.
During the transfer of heat, coolant inside the coils evaporates as air moves across it. Cool air carries less humidity than warm air, so condensation forms on the coils. The excess moisture is carried outside via drains. Through this process, the air inside your home is cooled and humidity is decreased.
The condenser coils reside in the outdoor portion of the central air conditioner. Through the condenser coils, heat is released into the outdoor air.
Maintaining the Evaporator and Condenser Coils
In order for the system to run efficiently, all air conditioner components must be cleaned regularly. Dust and debris can clog the system, decrease indoor air quality and result in higher energy costs. Having annual preventive maintenance performed by an HVAC professional can prevent this situation and increase the useful life of your HVAC system.
For additional information on evaporator and condenser coils and how they work to keep your home cool, contact the experts at Bradbury Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning. Our team of experienced professionals proudly serves Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Pinehurst, Shenandoah, Spring, Tomball and surrounding areas.
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