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The Mechanics of an Air Conditioner

Most homes in warmer climates have an air conditioner. Whether it’s a luxury or a necessity, homeowners should understand their systems so that they may avoid costly mistakes. The first modern air conditioner was built in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier. He designed it to stop a humidity problem in a lithography studio, so the ink would dry. Reducing the humidity had the side benefit of bringing the temperature down as well. Thus, a new technology was born!

How Do They Work?

An air conditioner works by taking the heat from inside your home and pushing it outside. When the air from outside comes back into your home, it’s blown over an evaporator coil, which keeps the returning air cool. Your air conditioner takes advantage of an amazing law of science: when liquid turns to gas, it absorbs heat!

Here’s an in-depth look at how an air conditioner works:

  1. Refrigerant: This is a liquid that collects heat from your house and propels it outside.
  2. Compressors: Refrigerant flows through the compressor as a low pressure vapor and leaves as a high-pressure, hot vapor.
  3. Condenser: This is where the high temperature refrigerant moves over finned coils where it cools and turns into a hot, high-pressure liquid.
  4. Expansion Valve: The hot liquid refrigerant moves from one side of the expansion valve to the other and materializes as a cool, low pressure mist.
  5. Evaporator Coil: The hot air in your home runs over the evaporator coil and heats up as the cold coils cool down the air coming into your home.

After all of these steps have been taken, the entire process starts over again. The evaporator is connected to a fan that circulates the air inside your home where it is lead through a vent that sucks the warm air in, runs through this process, and is released via your air conditioner ducts. This process will continue indefinitely until the room has reached the desired temperature as dictated by the thermostat.  When it reaches this temperature, it will turn off the air conditioner until the room becomes warm again, ultimately starting the process again.

Cost Effective

The average household spends $2,200 a year on energy bills. Your air conditioner typically eats up 43% of energy expenses. That’s why it’s crucial to understand how to run your system without drying up your bank account. From window units to free-standing combination heating/cooling units, it’s important to know which sort of air conditioner will work best in your home. This will save you time and money.  Energy Star products are always a great option as they can save you 10-40% on your cooling bills. We carry top air conditioner brands that are Energy Star certified, ensuring your satisfaction.

Our technicians know that 30% of air conditioner efficiency results from proper duct work.  We hold ourselves to high standards that ensure your job is done properly the first time, which will save you an incredible amount of money. We will replace both the inside and outside coils to maximize your comfort, efficiency, and reliability of your air conditioner. We know that a great contractor doesn’t stop at the square footage of your home because an oversized air conditioner can cause excessive operating costs.  Our air conditioners are calibrated to be the right fit for your home!

Our Mission

When it comes to your air conditioner, Gwyn Services is number one!  Why take the risk when you can work with the best North Carolina has to offer?  We carry top-of-the-line air conditioner brands that are sure to be cost effective and provide your family with the best products on the market. We also include a 10 year parts and labor guarantee!

We are licensed professionals, insured, and experienced with quality services for all of your air conditioner needs. If you’re in the market for an air conditioner system, contact us today!