Archive for April, 2013

Air Conditioning in Cocoa Beach, FL Guide: Basic Air Conditioning Components

Monday, April 29th, 2013

We rely a lot on our air conditioners in Florida, for what seems like the majority of the year. But if we asked you how your AC works, or what its major components were, would you know? Like many of our most familiar household devices, the AC remains something of a mystery to many homeowners, despite having used them for years. We believe a better-informed customer is always a positive thing, and that’s why we’ve taken this post as an opportunity to explain the basic air conditioning components. For comprehensive Cocoa Beach, FL air conditioning services, call Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning today!

  • Compressor: The compressor resides in the outdoor unit. It takes a low pressure gas refrigerant from the evaporator and compresses it. This process creates a high temperature and high pressure gas that then circulates throughout the condenser. The compressor is responsible for pressurizing the refrigerant and controlling its flow.
  • Condenser: The condenser is a pattern of copper or aluminum coils that wraps the inside of the outdoor unit. Upon receiving the gas refrigerant from the compressor, an exhaust fan pulls outdoor air through the condenser coils in order to dissipate the thermal energy from the refrigerant. This interaction allows the refrigerant to condense into a much cooler liquid. From there, it moves to the expansion valve.
  • Expansion valve: This relatively small device controls the flow of high pressure liquid refrigerant coming out of the condenser coils, and disperses its density, turning it into a cool liquid. From there, this liquid cool refrigerant is ready to cool the air inside your home.
  • Evaporator: Like the condenser, the evaporator is actually a set of coils in the indoor air handler that accepts the cold liquid refrigerant and uses it to cool the warm indoor air drawn from your living space. This interaction makes the refrigerant inside the coils evaporate; hence, its name.

Besides the indoor air handler, which is controls the supply and return air movements by means of a blower, those are the major AC components. As you can see, the entire process is complicated and should only be handled by a certified technician. For comprehensive air conditioning repair in Cocoa Beach, FL, call Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning today! 

Is Your Cocoa Beach, FL Home Stuffy And Uncomfortable? How Your Air Conditioning System Can Help

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

One of the common concerns homeowners have throughout the Cocoa Beach, FL area during summer is stuffy and uncomfortable air. Despite the best efforts of their air conditioners, their home remains uncomfortable, and with the doors and windows tightly sealed against the heat and humidity, other issues such as mildew, mold, and dust mites can quickly become serious problems. If you’re looking for a solution, and your air conditioner is old or requires frequent repairs, you should consider replacing it with a new AC. In this post, we’d like to explain what a new system could do for your home. When you need a Cocoa Beach, FL air conditioning system, contact the experts at Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning!

  • Dehumidification: One of the major benefits of a professionally installed AC is that it offers substantial dehumidification as well. As your AC cools your air, the moisture in the air condenses on the coils. It is then drained out of your air handler by the condensate drainpipe. If your AC no longer works well, then its ability to dehumidify your air will also suffer.
  • Performance: Today’s air conditioners perform much better than those installed even just 10 years ago. The latest developments in compressor technology and design allow your new AC to cool your home faster, so that you don’t have to endure uncomfortable periods of stuffy air in your home. During a new installation, speak to your contractor to see if there are any ways you can improve the quality of your air, whether by adjusting the size of the system so that it cools better, or by installing a whole-home dehumidifier.
  • Ductless: If you have allergies or suffer from respiratory problems, you might consider removing the potential of  dust buildup within your ducts by upgrading to a ductless mini split air conditioner. Not only do they sidestep many indoor air quality risks, but they are also highly efficient and customizable. By dividing your home into zones, with multiple indoor air handlers mounted within the living spaces, you are able to control the temperature of individual rooms far better than with ducted systems.

We hope this helps. For more information, or to schedule a consultation about a new Cocoa Beach, FL air conditioning system, contact the experts at Steve Hoskins Air Conditioning today!