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Understanding Basic Terminology for Your AC

Two Condenser Units Outside

When it comes to understanding your air conditioning system, knowing the basic terminology can help you to make more informed decisions.

Two key components that play important roles in the cooling process are the condenser and the compressor. Understanding the difference between the two can help you save time and money as the summer heats up in Covington, LA.

Let’s take a look at some of the key differences between compressors and condensers.

The Condenser

The condenser is an important part of your air conditioning system. It is typically located in the outdoor unit. Its primary function is to release heat from the refrigerant. This is how it works.

As the refrigerant absorbs heat from the indoor air, it transforms into a high-pressure, high-temperature gas. This occurs in the evaporator coil located in the indoor unit. The hot gas then travels to the condenser, where the magic happens. The condenser cools and condenses the hot gas into a liquid state. This transformation occurs through a heat exchange process, in which the heat from the refrigerant is transferred to the surrounding air outside. The cooled liquid refrigerant moves to the indoor unit to repeat the cooling cycle, while the heat released by the condenser is dissipated into the outdoor air, ensuring that your home remains cool and comfortable.

The Compressor

The compressor is often considered the “heart” of your air conditioning system. It plays an important role in maintaining the necessary pressure and flow rate for efficient cooling.

The compressor is responsible for compressing the low-pressure, low-temperature refrigerant vapor, raising its pressure and temperature. By compressing the refrigerant, the compressor enables it to absorb heat effectively from inside your home. Once the refrigerant is pressurized, it moves to the condenser, where it undergoes the cooling and condensing process explained earlier.

From there, it returns to the indoor unit as a cooled liquid to repeat the cycle. The compressor requires energy to perform its function, making it a crucial component in the overall energy efficiency of your AC system. Efficient compressors can contribute to lower energy consumption and reduced utility bills. Something that every homeowner in Covington, LA, is looking to accomplish.

Understanding the basic terms linked to your air conditioning system helps you have insight into how your cooling system works. The condenser’s role in releasing heat and the compressor’s function of circulating and pressurizing the refrigerant are important for efficient cooling in your home. Knowing about these terms will help you better communicate your needs to a Gowland’s Heating & A/C professional and limit the time it takes to troubleshoot basic issues.

Regular maintenance and timely servicing of your system can prolong its lifespan and ensure optimal performance, keeping you cool and comfortable all year round. Investing a little time to understand the basics can go a long way.

Here at Gowland’s Heating & A/C, we believe in relationship over revenue. We’re always prepared to help with any and all of your air conditioning needs. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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