What Exactly Is A Split HVAC System, Anyway?


Most homeowners know HVAC is an acronym that stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It is, however, not uncommon for there to be a lot of terminology an HVAC technician uses that you may not understand. For example, you may have an HVAC technician recommend getting a split system for your home—the only problem being the fact that you have no idea what a split system is. In trying to decide if this is a recommendation you should consider, it helps to learn more about split systems.

There Are Three Components to a Split System

Every split system air conditioning unit is made up of three main components, which include the outdoor cabinet, the indoor cabinet, and the air handler.

The Outdoor Cabinet

The outdoor cabinet of a split system is wide and square in size. It is located just outside of the home where the system operates. This cabinet is home to both the compressor and the condenser. The condenser's job is to cool down the warm air coming into the home and to condense vapor and turn it into a liquid. The compressor, on the other hand, will take vapor and turn it into a cold and low pressure gas.

The Indoor Cabinet

The indoor cabinet of the split system is home to the evaporator coil. This coil is one of the main components, as the system would not be able to provide your home with cool air otherwise. After the air is pulled in from outside, it is cooled while passing over the evaporator coil. You will either see the indoor cabinet sitting on top of your furnace or inside of the air handler. The exact location depends on what model you have.

The Air Handler

Just as the name suggests, the air handler is the component which handles the cool air and assures it passes through the home. It is the middle man that takes the cool air the condenser and compressor make and runs it through the evaporator coil and into the home. There will be air ducts that allow these three components to be connected and work together to cool the home. It is not uncommon for this part of the system to be tucked away in a utility closet or basement.

Once you have decided a split air conditioner system is just what your home needs, hire an HVAC technician to ensure it is installed properly. 


2 March 2016

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