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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

Last updated on September 28th, 2021

Air conditioning is one of the many modern luxuries that Canadian home owners benefit from in the warmer months of the year. But have you ever stopped to think, “How does air conditioning work?”

In a nutshell, your air conditioner is a complex piece of technology designed to make your home more comfortable by removing warm air and bringing in cool air to lower your home’s overall temperature. If you would like to dive deeper into just how air conditioning works, read on for more information!

Parts of an Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner has both indoor and outdoor components. The outdoor unit houses the compressor, condenser coil and a fan. Inside, the evaporator coil is usually found located inside your gas furnace. Your air ducts also form part of the indoor equipment to deliver cooled air to your entire home alongside your thermostat, which allows you to control the overall indoor comfort level.

The Refrigeration Cycle

The most important element of an air conditioning system is its refrigerant. Refrigerant flows through the entire system via copper tubing, cycling between the indoor and outdoor portions of your AC unit. Refrigerant is constantly changing state from liquid to gas form as it raises and lowers in temperature, receiving and releasing heat.

When warm air is pulled from the inside of your home by a fan, the refrigerant is pumped inside to the evaporator coil, where it absorbs excess heat from the air. The cooled air then makes its way through your ducts to distribute throughout your entire home. The heated air is then dissipated back to the outdoors through the exterior unit.

This cycle repeats again and again to deliver a consistent, cool temperature and increase the comfort level of your home.

Still wondering “How does air conditioning work”? The team at Evam Canada is available to answer any questions you might have about your current AC unit or help you in selecting a brand new air conditioner. We’re ready to advise you on your air conditioning options based on the size of your home, your energy efficiency needs, and your budget.

To book an appointment with an air conditioning specialist, call Evam at 1-905-624-5544 today, or get an online quote.