The location of your air handler has a huge effect on system performance

For instance, I had no idea that the location of my HVAC system’s air handler had an effect on its performance

I am constantly surprised by the sheer number of things I didn’t know or understand as a kid that are second nature to my adult brain now. The worst and most obvious example would be basic human interactions, as there was no limit to my awkwardness, particularly as a teenager. Another major thing that improved with age is my patience to sit down and either learn something or to simply see a project from start to finish. There were many projects or builds that ended in frustration and me throwing a hammer because I hit my thumb trying to drive in a nail. Sure, it’s still frustrating regardless of age, but it’s easier to throw a tantrum at eight years old as a result. Lately, I have been learning endless things as a new homeowner. For instance, I had no idea that the location of my HVAC system’s air handler had an effect on its performance. In split systems, the two stages of the refrigeration cycle are separated, the cold evaporator that your air from your ductwork passes through and the warm condenser that is located outdoors that releases the heat generated as the refrigerant finishes its part of the cooling process. The colder the air around the evaporator coil and the less energy it has to exhaust to keep the air inside the machine at the selected temperature on the thermostat. Although many people throw their air handlers in their non climate controlled garages without a second thought, this might needlessly diminish the system’s overall performance simply for the sake of ease of access when servicing the components.

 

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