Air ConditioningWhat Do Air Handlers Do?

What Do Air Handlers Do?

AC system replacements or repairs can be confusing for homeowners.  Not only do you have to worry about air quality and energy efficiency, but there are all the variations of parts and equipment.  One such part is the air handler.

Air Handlers

An air handler is a unit that consists of several components such as filters, dampers, and mixing chambers. Perhaps the star of the show though is the blower, this is the component that moves air around your house.

How Does It Work?

As a part of your HVAC system, your air handler operates with both cooling and heating elements.  In most situations, the air handler will be used in conjunction with heat pumps and in some cases with non-conventional air conditioners.  If the unit produces the air already heated or cooled, then it’s unlikely an air handler will be used with it. Typically, both electric heat pumps and non-conventional air conditioning units that work by transferring air to achieve the desired temperature will, however, work as a team with an air handler.

When it comes down to it, if you plan on getting a conventional air conditioner or furnace, you won’t need to know anything further about air handlers.  If however, you’re considering an electric heating pump, then you’ll most likely be in the market for one.

If you’re in the process of putting in a new HVAC system, know that understanding all the parts and units to heat and cool homes in the United States is unrealistic.  However, hopefully, this did give you some insight to figure out if you currently have an air handler and if you’ll need one.  If you want more information about heating and cooling systems, or want to find out if you should be using an air handler, give our experts at MM Comfort Systems a call.  We have people available to help you 24/7! Or, if you’d rather, request an in-home consultation online today.


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