Does working on your house make it feel more like a home? Part of being a handyman or handywoman means knowing how things tick. You can’t, for instance, do much with your vehicle’s engine without knowing how it works, and the same principle applies when it comes to the HVAC system cooling down your Macon, Georgia, home this summer. Knowing how your HVAC system works can help guide the next DIY project that will take your home to the next level of comfort and efficiency.

How Does My HVAC System Work?

While not all HVAC systems are the same, most of them operate on some similar basic principles. Central cooling, arguably the most common type of HVAC system, consists of an outdoor condenser coil and compressor, and an indoor evaporator coil. The secret to central cooling comes down to the refrigerant that’s pumped through the system by the compressor. Heat from the air in your home transfers to the refrigerant as the refrigerant passes through the evaporator coil. This transfer cools the coil, which air then blows across, travels through a duct network, and into your home.

Central heating, rather than relying on refrigerant, warms combustion gases that are then passed through a heat exchanger. Air blows across the heat exchanger, warming it before it spreads throughout your home. In addition to the heating and cooling components of your HVAC system, filters in your system catch potentially harmful particles before air distributes through your home.

What’s My Next Project?

Avoid doing any kind of electrical work or component replacement; leave that to the pros. But you can change your air filters and clean around the outdoor compressor and indoor unit, all of which will reduce strain on the system and increase efficiency.

Since your HVAC system is such an integral part of the comfort and efficiency of your home, it requires a balance of care from you as the homeowner and your local HVAC contractor. Let us do our part in caring for your HVAC system by calling Pruett Air Conditioning at 478-225-4921.

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