Welcome To Air Conditioning 101
How An Air Conditioning System Works
At Service Champions, we prefer education and a consultative approach over high-pressure sale and a superior attitude. Below you’ll find information that helps you understand how an air-conditioning system actually works.
After you go through it, if you’d like to know more about air conditioning systems or want to schedule a free consultation, give us a call. You won’t find a friendlier company to talk to.
What is an air conditioning system?
At Service Champions we install, service, and maintain all makes and models of air conditioners. All air conditioning systems are not alike, and there are many different factors to consider when choosing a new air conditioning system. Here are some basic terms to help you familiarize yourself when looking into a new air conditioning system.
- SEER: In air conditioning systems, the efficiency is determined by the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio); the annual efficiency of a central air conditioner or air conditioner heat pump. The higher the SEER, the more energy efficient the system is, and the lower the operating costs.
- Condenser Coil: This is also known as an outdoor coil. This piece of the air conditioner removes heat from refrigerant in vapor form. When the heat is removed, the refrigerant becomes liquid and moves back to the inside of the machine.
- Compressor: The compressor is usually located on the outside portion of the air conditioner. The compressor motor is a pump which moves the refrigerant from the indoor evaporator coil to the outside condenser coil and then back to the evaporator coil again.
- Evaporator Coil: The evaporator coil is located on the inside of the house. The coil takes heat and moisture out of the indoor air as it crosses over the coils, reversing refrigerant from liquid to gas.
- Refrigerant: The chemical used to cool air. Refrigerant expands to vapor form, gathering hot air, and then contracts to liquid form to cool the air.
- Single-Stage: Like a light switch, a single-stage air conditioner is either on or off. When your home’s temperature rises above your thermostat’s setting, it turns on 100% until your comfort level is reached and then turns off completely.
- Two-Stage: A two-stage air conditioner is more like a fan switch: it can be off, on, or at a medium speed. When your air conditioner only needs to cool your home a few degrees, it uses its “lower gear” to accomplish the task more efficiently. And when the cooling load is more strenuous, it uses its higher speed to cool your home quickly.
When choosing to repair or add an air conditioning system to your home, it’s important that the system meets the home comfort needs of you and your family. We supply a large variety of air conditioning systems that can be customized to exactly what your home needs.
Everyone looks for ways to keep themselves comfortable during the hot summer months. The easiest and most practical method to do that is to change the environment of your home. The good news is that here with Service Champions, we install air conditioning units that produce cold air guaranteed. We want to service you with the best AC system and the most memorable and reliable customer service.
All of our air conditioning installations come with an elevated condenser pad fitted underneath the condenser. This platform protects the compressor from ground-level harm while keeping it out of the way from your backyard activities and furniture. With performance-based selections, you can choose an air conditioning unit that best suits your home. Take control of the quality of the air you breathe today.
How an Air Conditioner Works
Air conditioners are an investment for your home and family’s comfort. To get the most out of your central air system, it helps to know how it works.
Following this simple visual illustration, understand how your air conditioner works and the parts that make it work. Then, you will be equipped to make smart and informed decisions regarding your air conditioner.
It Starts with the Air inside Your Home
The first step your air conditioner takes in providing cold air is retrieving air from inside your home through the registers. Once air is sucked in through the registers, it is passed down through the supply air duct, making its way to the furnace.
You may have seen this register in your home. It is either on your wall or in your ceiling. This register sucks in air from your home and delivers it to your furnace through a filter located near the bottom of your furnace. Yes, the furnace is part of your air conditioning system.
The furnace is where both heating and air conditioning takes place. The collected air passes through a filter. The purpose of the filter is to clean the air of any dust particles and ensure air quality. Additional steps in strengthening your filter are available. Service Champions provides a variety of ways to maximize your filter’s ability in cleaning your air. Visit our Indoor Air Quality page for more information regarding additional filtration options.
Conditioning Air by 20 Degrees
The unit that usually sits outside of your home is the compressor. Inside of the compressor is a fan that moves refrigerant through refrigeration lines into the indoor coils that are inside your AC system.
The indoor coils are where the refrigerant and the collected air meet.
The air is conditioned, undergoing a heat transfer in which 20 degrees of heat is removed. The newly cooled air is then fed through another set of vents, filling your home.
You have total control over the temperature of your AC and it’s controlled by your thermostat.
Now that you have an idea of how your air conditioning unit functions, it is easier to identify problem areas when it comes to AC repair or maintenance. Taking measures to ensure home comfort and safety is important in all air conditioning installations provided by Service Champions technicians.
Service Champions is a certified HVAC contractor that works with you to provide the best home air conditioning possible.
Control the Quality of the Air You Breathe
Before cold air pours into your rooms from the air vents, also known as registers, existing air from inside your home is pushed through the filters of your furnace. Yes, the furnace is part of your AC system.
At this stage of air conditioning, Service Champions makes sure to provide different air filter options to ensure a high level of indoor air quality, minimizing the pollen, allergens and other particles.
You can choose to elevate the quality of the air your AC unit produces
Install an ultraviolet Biocide Chamber, a product which uses UV rays to destroy airborne viruses, microbiological growth, bacteria and contaminants. We have many additions that can be installed to enhance your total home comfort.
Another way to increase the quality of air is by installing a Bioguard Powered Filter. This is an electronic filter that sends waves of static charge into the air passing through it, causing even the smallest dust particles to collect in the filter before being blown throughout your home.
Air Scrubber Plus is an additional add on to your air conditioning system that will increase the quality of air your family breathes. Air Scrubber Plus installed in your Air Conditioning system will reduce home odors caused by the following: chemicals, smoking, pets and cooking. The Air Scrubber Plus also reduces microbiological growth, odor-causing bacteria, dust, surface and airborne contaminants.
Different Types Of Air Cleaners
Zoning your home air conditioning
Now that you have control over the quality of air in your home, Service Champions makes it possible to direct your new air.
In each room of your house, our technicians can install individual thermostats that work within one central air conditioning and heating system. This allows each person to change the temperature of the room to their liking without creating conflict with another preference or schedule. A simple computer control closes air ducts in your attic, creating a more comfortable and personable atmosphere in each part of your home.
Air Conditioning Zone Control System
Our home is a special place. We come to it every single day to meet with friends, family and loved ones. It’s the only place in the world where the dining table doubles as a homework station, where kitchen sinks are baby bath tubs and garages are built for power tools instead of cars. When so many activities go on inside the home with the people you live with, it becomes easy to forget how to make your house feel like home.
Service Champions knows what goes into building a superior level of home comfort. For busy families and households, home comfort has everything to do with heating and air conditioning. You can show each member of your home the greatest amount of personalized comfort and care with zoning control.
What is Zoning?
Zoning refers to the system in which multiple thermostats are used to control heat and cool areas of the home with one central air system.
What this allows is for different areas of the house, or zones, to be heated or cooled to temperatures varying from zone to zone in the house.
A home is divided into different zones. Your Service Champions technician can assist you in identifying how to group living spaces in your home in to various zones. Each zoned area has its individual thermostat that is set to a designated temperature.
Zone 1 may include all the bedrooms, and Zone 2 can include the living room and dining room. Not all the rooms in a zone will have their own thermostat. In Zone 1 there will be 1 thermostat in a room or hallway that will control all bedroom temperatures. In Zone 2, there will be one thermostat in either the living room or the dining room.
If each room had their own thermostat, then each room will be its own zone.
Continuing with the example above, Zone 1 can be set to 72 degrees while Zone 2 can be set at 65 degrees.
The thermostats of Zone 1 and Zone 2 are electronically connected to the zoning board which is typically located by the central air system’s furnace. Read more to see how zoning works.
How Zoning Operates
The network of air ducts in the attic of the home is the method by which air is distributed to each room of the home. Air ducts that have properly been installed for a zoning system by an HVAC contractor will include dampers within the ducts.
Dampers are metal discs that match the radius of the air duct itself.
Above the damper you will see a motor, in this example the motor is housed in the orange box. The motor is connected to the zoning board that receives a signal from the thermostat telling the damper were not to send air conditioned airflow and the air will be redirected to the desired Zone, room(s).
A duct system that has been zoned has motorized zone dampers added to control airflow to each zone.
These motorized dampers connect to the zoning board. They open and close according to the zoning board settings. Open dampers allow airflow through the ducts, dispersing air as it normally would. Closed dampers block airflow and redirect air back to ducts with open dampers. It works similarly to a railroad switch system in which a train’s course is redirected depending on the switch. This is how desired air is distributed to designated zones.
It Works Best in Larger Zones
Homeowners new to zoning oftentimes feel that it would be best to designate one zone to each room of the house. This, however, is not the most efficient option when it comes to zoning your home. For the average home, two to three zones suffices amply while providing personalized air.
The easiest way to designate home areas to corresponding zones is by speaking with your Service Champions technician.
When you discuss how you want to design your zones, be sure to mention what parts of your home are frequented the most and any lifestyle preferences.
If you know that certain household members spend a majority of their time in their rooms and have a tendency to be warm, your technician can work with you to make sure those preferences are factored into the design.
Zoning For Health Reasons
If a family member needs a room to be cooled or heated for medical reasons and you do not want to heat or cool other non occupied rooms in your home, a zone controlled air conditioned system will be good for your home.
Thermostats are set to a designated zone and each thermostat works independently of each other, but heating and cooling cannot happen at the same time.
If Zone 1 needs heating and Zone 2 needs cooling, both zones are not able to receive air simultaneously. Zone 1 would receive air first. Once Zone 1 has reached the specified temperature, the central air system shifts its settings for Zone 2.
What are the benefits of zoning your home?
- Heats or cools only desired areas to maximize your comfort
- Money savings on utility bills
- Flexibility and control over temperature
Zoning allows the freedom to control the distribution of air in your home. This allows the maximum amount of personalized air conditioning and heating. Zoning is particularly energy-efficient since it reduces air conditioning to specified zones instead of the entire house.
When your home is zoned, you don’t need to send conditioned air to rooms that are never used—such as guest rooms, dens or storage areas. This means you basically cut the cost of heating and cooling your home in half.
Energy Efficiency with Zoning System
The energy-efficiency of zoning especially is important and beneficial to homes with big open spaces with large glass windows, high ceilings, atriums, or enclosed sun porches or rooms affected by heat and cold from external sources such as abundant sunlight or winds.
Large homes that have multiple central air systems should consider the cost-efficiency of zoning. Essentially, zoning accomplishes the same amount of air conditioning and heating without an added system.
Most importantly, zoning provides the greatest amount of comfort. It gives you options on how and where to direct your conditioned air.
Zoning with Service Champions Experts
When you decide to zone your home, you’re taking a step in the best direction. It’s an investment that pays off in home comfort and reduced energy costs when used intelligently.
With the amount of freedom of control that comes with zoning your home, lifestyle and comfort qualities skyrocket and Service Champions is the contractor of choice that makes it happen for you and your family.
Our technicians train for over 150 hours annually in our own private training facility. They learn new techniques and technology that equip them to properly and professionally service your home. This means that you get the smartest and most advanced standard of service from the HVAC contractor Southern California trusts the most.
The specialists of Service Champions are renowned for their expert technical care as well as superior customer service and have successfully serviced thousands of homes. Read our reviews online and visit our video testimonials.
To achieve the highest level of home comfort through system zoning, have your Service Champions specialist visit you for a consultation.
Maintenance is Key
Routinely maintaining your central air conditioning is what keeps it performing at its maximum potential. With Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning, we make it easy for you to stay comfortable all year long. By providing you with simple, stress-free options, you can breathe easy.
When our technicians come out for a maintenance or tune-up for your air conditioning, we will completely analyze your unit with our 26 point Air Conditioning Precision Tune-up. Our technicians do what is necessary to maintain your air conditioning system to prevent issues from occurring in the future.
While your technician is in your home, feel free to ask for any aid in common household chores or other requests. We are more than happy to oblige. We never leave your home unless you are completely satisfied with our visit.
The Service Champions Way
As a leading HVAC contractor in Southern California, we maintain our exceptional standards by having all Service Champions technicians go through an extensive 150 hours of training each and every year. In these training sessions, we learn the most updated techniques and technologies in order to provide the best approach to your home air system.
Additionally, our team members send you prior to our arrival, an email containing the photo IDs of your specific technicians. We do this as a safety precaution so you open your doors to the correct team members.
Every single technician here at Service Champions has passed drug tests and background checks before servicing your home. We take pride in serving your home and bring to you only the best and most qualified.
Ready to Upgrade your Air Conditioning System?
We understand the most important day in the life of your air conditioner is the day that it’s installed. At Service Champions, we don’t cut corners. We are proud to have earned the trust of thousands of homeowners in the Southern California area.
We stand behind our work 100%, and are completely committed to your satisfaction. Our eleven “Peace of Mind” Guarantees, are our written commitment to you that we will be around for a long time to continually serve you and your family.
Contact us to have one of our Comfort Advisors come to your home and go through all of your home comfort options. Our experienced Comfort Advisors thoroughly understand heating and air conditioning systems. They’ll spend the time to measure your home, go over all your home comfort needs, answer all of your questions, and show you all of your options so that you can choose the home comfort system that best meets you and your family’s needs.