We Service Air Handlers in Conklin
An air handler, also known as an air handling unit, is one of the most significant parts of any heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. To make sure your HVAC system is working as it should, it is important to know what air handlers are, how they work, and what their main components are.
In most cases, an air handler is a big metal box that contains a blower, heating and/or cooling elements, filter racks or chambers, sound attenuators, and dampers. Typically, air handlers are connected to already existing ductwork that spreads the conditioned air throughout your home and subsequently returns it to the air handling unit. However, ductwork is not always necessary as some air handlers can directly disperse and return air to and from your home.
Let’s take a closer look at the components of an air handler:
- Blower/Fan – Responsible for air flow, a blower or fan is usually located in a big squirrel cage blower that is driven by an electric motor. Depending on the type, the blower can work at one speed, offer several preset speeds or allow for a variety of air flow rates.
- Heating and/or cooling elements – Depending on where they are located and what they are used for, air handlers may provide heating, cooling or both.
- Filters – An integral part of almost all air handlers, filters serve the purpose of filtering air and providing your home with clean, dust-free, and safe air.
- Humidifier – Some air handlers also feature humidifiers, which are often necessary for colder climates where the air is drier due to regular heating. They are used to improve air quality and prevent static electricity.
- Mixing Chamber – Some air handlers allow for the use of outside air into and the exhausting of air from your home in order to maintain optimal indoor air quality. This is done via mixing chambers.
- Controls – Crucial for maintaining and adjusting all aspects of an air handler, controls typically include temperature and humidity sensors, sail switches, actuators, motors, and controllers. They regulate the air flow rate, supply air temperature, mixed air temperature, humidity, air quality, and more.
- Vibration Isolators – Blowers often create loud vibrations, so vibration isolators are used to prevent the noises from entering your home. They are typically inserted into the duct just before and after the air handler and sometimes also between the fan compartment and the rest of the unit.
Unless they are a part of a package HVAC unit and therefore incorporated in the system, air handlers are commonly located in garages, closets or attics. Different types of air handlers include up flow air handlers, downflow air handlers, and horizontal flow air handling units.
If you need a new air handler installed or your existing one serviced, our team is at your service. We can help you choose the best option for your home or keep your current air handler in the best possible condition.
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