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What Are Split AC Systems?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Today’s modern air conditioners are complex feats of engineering that employ multiple pieces of equipment to keep homes in Alabama and western Georgia cool and comfortable. While the components are sometimes bundled into one “packaged” unit for commercial applications, split AC systems are the most popular choice for residential use. Splitting the system into two separate units allows for greater versatility when it comes to installation, and the split design offers additional advantages as well.

How They Work

Like most cooling systems, split air conditioners work by using refrigerant to extract heat from the air in your home, and moves it outside. When the refrigerant liquid evaporates into a gas, it pulls energy in the form of heat from the surrounding air. The AC equipment then uses pressure to turn the gas back into a liquid and starts the process all over again. With split AC systems, an outdoor unit contains the condenser and compressor, and an indoor cabinet houses the evaporator.

Split AC System Advantages

As the components responsible for converting the refrigerant gas into a liquid, the compressor and condenser generate the most heat and noise. Housing them in an outdoor unit lets you enjoy all the advantages of air conditioning in quiet comfort. The indoor unit is typically installed in an out-of-the-way place like a basement or attic.

In homes with existing central heating systems, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends split AC systems as the most affordable option for adding central AC. The EPA also stresses the importance of ensuring that the system is properly installed and maintained using professional HVAC services.

At Riley Heating and Air Conditioning, we have more than 40 years of experience helping homeowners in Phenix City and the surrounding areas to choose the ideal AC system. For more information about split air conditioning systems and how they work to enhance your comfort at home, check out our cooling solutions or call us today at 334-298-1278.

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