When your HVAC technician talks, they speak of handlers, condensers, compressors, and more. It can be confusing if you are not well versed in HVAC lingo. But in this article, we are prepared to inform our clients of the difference: air handler vs. condenser.
The air handler and the condenser are the two main components of the HVAC’s split system. In other words, the split system is the heating and the air conditioning system, or the HVAC. So, let’s figure out what each of these components does to make you comfortable in your home.
Your air handler is the tall portion of the duo that is somewhere in the attic or a closet in your house. The air handling unit pulls in air, passes it through the filter, and over the cooling coils. Then the air blows unto the ducts and cools the rooms of your house.
Typically, you will find the handler has a large metal pan underneath and a condensation pipe that drains to the outside.
There are three main components to the air handler.
That leaves the condenser, which is the unit located outside the house. It takes the warm air from the return inside the home and blows it outside. There is a compressor at the bottom of the unit and a fan on the top that is surrounded by the coils.
The air handler and the condenser are a team that works together to maintain the temperature in your house. And yes, they work best together. And the advances in technology have made these two depend on one another. In fact, if you must replace one, it is beneficial to replace the other. Then they will be performing at the same levels of efficiency.
And then, there is the ductwork to consider.
Did you know your home’s ductwork plays an essential role in your HVAC system’s energy efficiency, performance, and durability? The duct system carries the air that keeps you cool through summers and gives you warmth during the cold Georgia winter months.
The ductwork in your home or business moves large volumes of air between your condenser, air handler, and the vents in each room. Therefore, if something happens and it needs to be repaired or replaced, it must be done quickly. If not, your heating and cooling systems won’t be nearly as efficient as they should be.
Ducts are sheet metal that is shaped to fit around corners and squeeze through narrow channels as they wind their way through your home. Over time, it’s common for ductwork to develop leaks from cracks, gaps, and loose connections. Even small leaks can have a significant impact on HVAC efficiency, wasting up to 30 percent of the air being pumped through the system.
Trust Heating and Air offers professional duct services for the highest comfort level and efficiency all year round.
Whether you are talking about the air handler or the condenser or the two together, a high-efficiency air conditioner has significantly lower operating costs than its conventional counterparts. You see, the average air conditioner lasts 15 years or more. When figuring costs, consider the entire system and all its parts. Furthermore, be sure to include the lifespan of the whole system to calculate the actual value of the purchase and your ROI.
A newer high-efficiency air conditioner is a good investment for the following reasons:
All this and it lessens your impact on the planet. That is a win-win.
With all the technology available today and the increasing technology of tomorrow, homeowners must consider every aspect, air handler vs. condenser, ductwork, and more, to determine its value.
At Trust Heating and Air, we do our best to be on top of the technological changes and improvements to the HVAC industry. Our job is to make sure the latest and greatest is available to save you money, keep you comfortable, and improve your air quality.
And as always, be sure to keep your system well maintained to help all the technologies and moving parts of your HVAC working as they should.
You never know what to expect in Georgia when you walk out the door. One day it is as hot as the desert, and the next, you are grabbing a sweater on your way out the door. So, imagine the toll the ever-changing weather patterns have on our air handler, condenser, and the entirety of the HVAC system.
Thank goodness your HVAC is working all day and all night to regulate whatever weather you encounter and how you want to feel that particular day. Then when it does not do so well, you can quickly call for help.
However, you should know that even the best units need maintenance when they work as hard as they do. Your vehicle wouldn’t get you from point A to B without some care, now would it?
Oil changes and tire rotation are an integral part of automobile ownership. And that is precisely how it is with your HVAC as well.
With the program Trust Heating and Air has developed, you will receive the following exemplary services when we come out in the Spring and Fall to maintain all of the components of your system.
When you care for any part of your home, it will take better care of you and your family.
Indeed, there are several benefits to being on a plan for maintenance with Trust Heating and Air. With all the confusion of air handler vs. conditioner, ductwork, and the other parts of the system, there are even more benefits we have not mentioned yet.
That settles it. Georgia homeowners cannot go wrong with a regularly scheduled preventative maintenance contract with the friendly and knowledgeable technicians at Trust Heating and Air.
Contact our friendly staff to talk about the services we provide in greater detail and to schedule an appointment for an estimate.
Keep your air handler, condenser, and entire AC and heat system running in tip-top shape with Trust Heating and Air.
And, if you feel new technology could improve your HVAC system, give us a call today for a free consultation.