All you need to know about how air conditioners work

While enjoying the comfortable cooling breeze at home or at the office, you probably asked yourself several times: ‘How do air conditioners work anyway?’ What exactly is the science behind them? This week, we’ve handcrafted for you a guide to better understand man’s second best friend called…the AIR CONDITIONER. 

In Australia, air conditioning is amongst the few things we can’t or don’t want to live without, especially during the summer months. Even the colder parts of the nation agree and thrive on a good reverse-cycle model all year round. However, there are times when we stop for a second and wonder about the fascinating mechanism of an air conditioner.


Whatever questions and concerns you might have regarding your AC, call your friendly AC experts at Jaric Air Conditioning today!


The beginnings of air conditioners

First and foremost, the invention of air conditioning  is one of the most remarkable engineering achievements of the 20th century. From the very traditional cooling machines, people living in hot climates kept thinking about ways to survive high summer temperatures.

Over the years, air conditioning has spread all around the world in order to sustain the economy. Nowadays, people successfully use ACs in residential, commercial and industrial environments all over Australia.


Air conditioning technical facts

Air conditioning technical factsIn theory, the process air conditioners use to reduce the room air temperature relies on a relatively simple scientific principle. The rest is basically achieved with the application of a few clever mechanical techniques.

For a better understanding, air conditioners work similarly to another appliance – refrigerators – which “move” heat from inside out. When the AC is in cooling mode, it removes the heat from the room and pushes it outside through the refrigeration system. Similarly, if the unit can operate in “reverse” (called heating mode or reverse cycle), the process runs backwards. Therefore, it collects the energy from outside and moves it inside the room.

Technically, air conditioners use refrigeration to chill indoor air, based on a remarkable physical law: when a liquid converts into a gas – in a process called phase conversion – it absorbs heat. ACs too, force special chemical compounds (refrigerants) to evaporate, then pumps out through a system of pipes to an outside coil. Next, a fan blows ambient air over this hot coil containing the refrigerant, transferring the heat from the refrigerant to the outdoor air.

Then, the refrigerant condenses while being pumped back indoors and the process begins all over again.


Smart air conditioners

smart air conditionersGenerally, all AC systems have the same working principles. However, if you want to take comfort to a whole new level, you may want to check out smart air conditioners. Despite traditional units, they allow you to manage your entire building temperature with a simple touch of a button.

With a compatible mobile device and internet connection, you can cool and heat your home anytime, anywhere. With this in mind, you may actually reach a perfect balance between time, cost and energy efficiency.

Now that you’ve learned the basics of air conditioning, you can leave the rest to an experienced air conditioning technician. All our team at Jaric understand air conditioning. So, we provide our valued customers with exceptional service, quality repairs, and professional installations.

Call us at 1300 452 742 and get personalized solutions for your home or business today!


Until next time, stay comfortable and enjoy these fascinating cooling technology called air conditioning!

Your friend and AC expert,

John Ricca

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