Educational Articles & Latest News

How Does My Air Conditioner Actually Cool My Home?

 

We are obviously no strangers to central air conditioning systems in this geographic region. With the brutally intense heat of our summer seasons sticking around for much of the year, our air conditioners essentially run without interruption. Even so, many homeowners are not really familiar with the way in which their ACs work to cool their living spaces.

In the following post, you will learn a bit more about how it is that your air conditioner actually works to cool your home. While this is far from an exhaustive technical document, we believe that this basic understanding can be helpful as a homeowner. Just remember to leave your air conditioning services in Phoenix, AZ to the pros on our staff. 

Removing Heat, Not Generating Cool Air

One common misconception that homeowners have about their air conditioning systems is that they are somehow generating cool air. This is not technically true. What the air conditioner does is remove heat from the air that is already in your home. The refrigerant in the system is key to this operation.

Refrigerant is a heat transfer fluid, and is responsible for removing heat from the air in your home. It cannot do it on its own, though. During the refrigerant cycle, the refrigerant makes its way to the evaporator coil, which is located in your home. There it is evaporated (hence the name) and absorbs heat in the process. The air around the coil is thus cooled, and can be redistributed throughout your house via your ductwork.

There is still the heat to dispose of though, which is why the refrigerant will then travel to another coil in the system. This one is called the condenser coil, and it is located outdoors. Once the hot refrigerant reaches this coil, it is condensed and its heat dissipates into the air outside. The compressor keeps chugging along, forcing the refrigerant throughout this cycle until the desired temperature is met.

Contact Goettl Air Conditioning with any questions that you may have regarding your home cooling system. 

Related Expert Center Articles

Qualities to Look for in Commercial HVAC Repair Services

  During a long, hot summer in Southern Arizona, a powerful air conditioner is essential for the success of any business. With the amount of strain that you will place on your company’s AC during the summer months, you need to have the number of an excellent Tucson, AZ commercial HVAC repair service handy should something go wrong with your cooling. You’ll also need to keep them in mind for the rest of the year, should you also need work for your heater. But what separates a good comm...

Don’t Forget to Schedule Heating Maintenance

  The temperature around here during the daytime hours is still pretty warm, although, at night, things are getting noticeably cooler. Sure, we’re hanging around the mid-60’s for the most part right now, but it won’t be long before temps in the 50’s, and even the 40’s, are commonplace. Our mild winters do not mean that you can overlook the need for professional heating maintenance in Phoenix, AZ. Before our nights get any colder, you should dial our number and schedule routine h...

Thermostat Tips for a Better Cooling Performance

  There are a lot of different components in your home cooling system, but not a single one do you interact with more directly than your thermostat. It is your thermostat, after all, through which you communicate with your air conditioning system in order to regulate its performance. Because of this, it is absolutely necessary to ensure that you are using your thermostat in Phoenix, AZ as successfully as possible. While you may not think of a thermostat as being very complex, the fact of t...

  • See what our customers say about The Goettl Way.

    I have been with Goettl Air in Tucson for years and have always had complete confidence in their maintenance service. The technicians are knowledgeable and pleasant, on time, and work in an efficient and timely manner. They explain what they are doing and will make recommendations if a repair is warranted. I have purchased several preventive parts and find that my yearly inspections have been great — with little or no repair in the past years. I do like the option of a yearly maintenance contract. Having yearly maintenance keeps my furnace and air conditioner running efficiently. I would definitely recommend Goettl Air Conditioning.

    JESSICA R

  • See what our customers say about The Goettl Way.

    I have been with Goettl Air in Tucson for years and have always had complete confidence in their maintenance service. The technicians are knowledgeable and pleasant, on time, and work in an efficient and timely manner. They explain what they are doing and will make recommendations if a repair is warranted. I have purchased several preventive parts and find that my yearly inspections have been great — with little or no repair in the past years. I do like the option of a yearly maintenance contract. Having yearly maintenance keeps my furnace and air conditioner running efficiently. I would definitely recommend Goettl Air Conditioning.

    PAM

Related Educational Articles & Latest News

Born in the Southwest and quickly growing to provide Goettlized home environments throughout the nation.

View Locations