Whether you acknowledge it or not, your air conditioner is a major factor contributing to your home’s comfort during the warmer months of the year. It is important to pay attention to what is happening with your air conditioner since it impacts not only comfort but also your energy bills. By reading the following information, you will have a better understanding of how this important unit works and how it improves the quality of life in your Northbrook, Illinois, home.

How It Works

Very few people outside of the HVAC industry know how an air conditioner functions. Essentially, they cool the home by removing heat from the air using a refrigerant that changes from a liquid to a gas and vice-versa during the cooling process. This process relies on three major components:

  • the condenser, which is found in the unit outside the house
  • the evaporator, which is a part of the internal components
  • the compressor which acts as a pump for the refrigerant which cools the air

How to Clean Your Air Conditioner

Debris, dirt, and other particles, especially from landscaping activities, can cause your air conditioner to malfunction or perform inefficiently. To combat this, it needs a thorough cleaning. You can easily change the air filter inside the home, as well as hose down the outdoor condenser, although you’ll need to shut the power off or unplug the unit. Other cleaning is more complex, and it’s usually best to leave it to a licensed HVAC technician.

Ratings & Measurements

Unless you plan on becoming an expert yourself, perhaps the only other thing you need to know is energy ratings and tonnage. SEER, or the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is a measurement of how efficiently the unit utilizes fuel to cool your home. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient it is. Tonnage refers to how large of an area the air conditioner cools.

Having a basic understanding of how your air conditioner works is very important. This can actually help you to make better decisions that can improve its performance and service life. For inquiries that go beyond this information, contact Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning for our solutions today at 847-272-5836.

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