Air Conditioner Condenser Unit
As the summer heats up, so can your home without the proper cooling equipment. With the many options and price points for cooling options, it can be hard to decide what is right for your home. These decisions can be made with easy with affordable air condition condenser units. Learn more about the benefits of having a condenser unit in your home.
When you work with Applegate Home Comfort, you will work with heating and cooling professionals to find the right fit for your home, and pocketbook. Choosing the right condenser unit starts with having an understanding of just how important a condenser is in keeping your home cool. Placement and cleaning are also essential in keeping your home safe. Finally, regular maintenance will ensure a long lifespan of your unit.
What is a Condenser Unit
In order to best understand the benefits of using an air conditioner condenser unit for your home, it is important to know the common cooling systems that can be used in your home.
Typical cooling systems include:
- Central Air Conditioners
- Room/Window Units
- Evaporative Coolers
- Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners
Condenser units fall into the central air conditioning unit category, with the condenser itself being the outdoor component to the system. For central air, it works together with a compressor unit which pressurizes the coolants. This pressurization allows the coolants to travel from the compressor to the condenser via coils, then it is released through an evaporator coil and blown out by a fan for cooling in your home.
While this process may seem involved, it happens quickly and efficiently, keeping your entire home cool. Room or window units can seem cheaper upon initial purchase, but only efficiently cool the room they are located in. Oftentimes, this requires homeowners to buy multiple units, increasing their overall purchase price while still not seeing overall home cooling.
Evaporative, or swamp coolers, are similar to central air, but instead of using a coolant chemical they use the outside air and cool it as it passes into your house. These systems can work well for very dry areas, but oftentimes, can leave the home feeling warm and humid.
Ductless mini-split units are more popular in other countries and combine both the idea of central air and window units. While they incorporate the pressurized coolant system, it requires a small unit for each room and does not cool the entire home. Make it less efficient in cost.
Through comparison of common home cooling systems, the importance and benefits of a central cooling system and air conditioner condenser unit can be seen both it terms of overall coolness and price. Further condenser tips and trick will be given based on where it should be located and how to expand its lifespan.
Importance of Placement
The condenser unit will remain outside your home, ensuring none of the chemicals are being pumped back into the ducts that bring cool air to your home. Placement can make a big difference not only in keeping your home cool, but also keeping your home safe.
Condenser units should be installed in areas of shade for maximum cooling. When condensers are placed in direct sunlight, not only does this make the units work harder to cool the chemicals passing through the outdoor coils, but it also keeps the unit itself in good condition. Heat can wear down the casing on the unit, causing replacements to happen more frequently.
Additionally, it is important that condenser unit is close enough to your home that the copper tubing can bring cool air back in does not see any leaks or breaks, causing warm air to enter with it. It is also important that the section of the condenser that releases hot air is pointed away from your home, and away from flammable materials during the heat of the summer.
When you work with cooling professional at Applegate Home Comfort, we make sure that all air conditioner condenser units are properly placed and vented, giving your a better deal for your home and pocketbook.
Cleaning Your Condenser
Once your air conditioner condenser unit has been properly placed, and vented, it still requires some minimal maintenance to keep it in good condition. With the outdoor elements changing all the time, so can the conditions surrounding your unit.
Clearing away any dirt and debris after storms or strong wind is important to make sure the vents are not being blocked from both producing cool air and releasing the hot air. These cleanings do not require a professional, and are mainly to ensure the area around your condenser is in good condition and does not pose any fire danger to your home.
Unit cleaning should be done regularly, once or twice a year a professional should visit your home to ensure that all parts of your air conditioner condenser unit are functioning properly.
These cleaning elements have more to do with making sure the coolants are not leaking while not in use, proper coil maintenance and any repairs that must be done from damage. These repairs will ensure a long lifespan for your unit, and a cooler home in the summer.
Contact Applegate Home Comfort Today
If you are interested in purchasing an air conditioner condenser unit, want a maintenance check or just have more questions contact us today!
You can also call our Okemos, MI office at 517-337-7700 and start staying cool for the summer.