Air conditioning is a process that involves the removal of heat and moisture from the air in a room or building. It works by using a refrigerant, a chemical that can change from a gas to a liquid and back again very easily. The air conditioning process involves several components, including:
- Compressor: The compressor is responsible for compressing the refrigerant gas to a high pressure and temperature.
- Condenser: The hot, high-pressure refrigerant gas then moves to the condenser where it releases heat to the outside environment, causing the refrigerant to condense into a liquid.
- Expansion valve: The expansion valve is a small device that reduces the pressure of the refrigerant liquid, causing it to evaporate into a gas again. This process absorbs heat from the surrounding air, cooling it down.
- Evaporator: The evaporator is where the cold refrigerant gas absorbs heat from the indoor air, cooling it down and causing the moisture in the air to condense into water.
- Fan: A fan blows the cooled air back into the room, while another fan blows the warm air outside.
The process of refrigerant gas being compressed, condensed, expanded, and evaporated continues in a cycle, constantly removing heat and moisture from the indoor air until the desired temperature and humidity level is reached. This cycle is controlled by a thermostat, which turns the air conditioning system on and off as needed to maintain the desired temperature.
The ideal indoor humidity level for a home can vary depending on several factors, including temperature, personal preferences, and health conditions.
Generally, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends an indoor humidity level of 30% to 60% for human comfort and health. However, this range can be adjusted based on individual needs and circumstances.
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What is a Water Deduct Meter?
A deduct meter measures the water used for irrigation and outdoor faucets and deducts this water from the sewage portion of your water bill. By deducting the outside water usage, you are only required to pay for the sewage fee for the water used inside your home, which will save you drastically on your monthly water bill. With a deduct meter, you can accurately measure how much water you used for outside watering needs and make sure you aren’t overpaying on your water bill.
Protect Your Garbage Disposal And Keep It Running Smoothly
Don't Put Certain Foods Down the Drain
Garbage disposals are a great way to help keep your kitchen clean, but it’s important to remember that not all foods should be put down the drain. Fibrous materials, like celery and onion skins, can clog your drain, while sticky materials, like grease, can be difficult for the disposal to grind up. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions to see what can and cannot be put down your disposal.
The United States Department of Energy has changed the air conditioner and heat pump rating system from SEER, EER and HSPF to SEER2, EER2 and HSPF2. These new ratings better reflect the real-world conditions in which these air conditioners and heat pumps are being installed. Upgrading to an air conditioner or heat pump with the new ratings will help you maximize efficiency and comfort in your home.
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