Comfort and System Efficiency Is Linked to Air Flow in an Air Conditioning System
The volume of air that is circulated within an air conditioning system is greatly responsible for the comfort of users. No matter how cool the temperature is generated from the system, how comfortable one feels will depend on how well the cool air circulates through the room. It is similar to what we expect from a fan running above our head. But there will be occasions when the air flow gets reduced and increases the discomfort of the people inside the room. This is a sign that the system is getting throttled and needs immediate attention.
Before we delve in to the possible causes of the problem, there can be many reasons for it, let us understand the basic working of an air conditioning system. The air conditioner comprises of a condenser and blower. The refrigerant gets compressed in the condenser that produces the cooling effect. The blower discharges the cool air inside the enclosed space where the air conditioner is installed and at the same time displaces the hot air to produce the necessary cooling. The capacity of the blower is suitable for circulating a measured volume of air. When the air distribution system comprising the ducts gets choked, the flow of air reduces and gives rise to discomfort as a result of less cooling. Why does the air flow get reduced?
Fan motor is damaged
The blower or fan that throws air inside the room is driven by an electric motor that can get damaged due to wear and tear or for any other reason. When this happens, the blower simply stops working. Getting the fan motor repaired can resolve the problem. Even if the fan motor is working, check its speed because if for some reason it rotates at a lower speed the draft of cool air entering the room will diminish.
Clean air filter regularly
Air that is circulated in an air conditioning system is filtered prior to delivery into the system to rid it from particles that can contaminate the quality of indoor air. This air filter gets choked by the particles that get trapped inside it and results in blocking the flow of air. The blower is prevented from drawing the right amount of air as the filter is choked. Although discomfort is felt by users there is another unseen harm that is caused by reduced air flow. The system gets over worked in trying to keep the room cool and this reduces its efficiency besides causing wear and tear that can result in breakdown of the system. Inability of the filter to remove allergens from the air can raise health issues.
Loss of cool air from the ducts is another reason why the system may be burdened and people may be derived from the comfort of air conditioning. Ducts are prone to leakage and the system might lose up to 30 percent air if the problem is not detected on time. Regular checking of ducts to seal leaks is an effective way of ensuring comfort for air conditioning system users.