Fresh Air For A Healthy Body And A Clear Mind

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Air conditioners are an easy way to keep your home cool and healthy. With the proper chemical filters, air can be purified for a healthier living environment without sacrificing energy efficiency or cooling capacity with a central system. AC units are an energy-efficient way to cool your home. Here are some tips for using them more effectively.

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What is A/C?

AC or air conditioning is a machine that removes moisture from the indoor environment. It does this by collecting warm, moist air in the room and moving it through a cooling process before releasing it back into the room as cool, dry air.

Air Conditioners create a split between warm air and cool air in your home. You want to have this split because this allows you to control the temperature of your living environment through the thermostat more effectively.

How does it work?

There are a few different types of AC units. There are central AC units that usually cool multiple rooms and window AC units that cool one room at a time. These two types of ACs also function differently, so here’s a brief explanation for each:

Central air conditioning

  • Central air works by first cooling the condenser unit outside your home. The refrigerant fluid in this unit changes from a gas phase to a liquid phase. This makes the unit extremely cold and allows it to cool the surrounding air.
  • The heated or gaseous refrigerant then moves inside of two coils in your central A/C unit. These coils are located outside your home and do not need to cool off before entering your unit.
  • The gaseous refrigerant collects in one of these coils and enters the compressor section to complete its journey through the home’s cooling system.
  • Finally, this cooled air is released into your room through vents near you. 

Window AC units

  • These work by first cooling the condenser unit outside your home. Like central AC units, the refrigerant fluid changes from a gas phase to a liquid phase. This makes the unit extremely cold and allows it to cool the surrounding air.
  • The heated or gaseous refrigerant then moves inside of your window AC unit. Here, you’ll find one coil that has already cooled off. This cooling coil is located outside your home and does not need to cool off before entering your unit.
  • The gaseous refrigerant collects in this coil and enters the compressor section of your window AC unit. This is where it completes its journey through the home’s cooling system.
  • Finally, this cooled air is released into your room through vents near you.

How to use it efficiently

Using your A/C unit well is essential because misusing it can decrease the efficiency of your home’s cooling system.

  1. The first thing you want to do is make sure that your windows and doors are all closed. This will ensure that air from inside your home doesn’t escape through the window.
  2. Use your vents to direct cool air where you want it and maximize comfort in your home.
  3. Make sure that your A/C unit is not too close to a sunny window or right outside a door so that there’s no cool air loss as warm, dry air enters the room after being cooled by the machine.

Tip: Do not keep your A/C unit on when nobody is home, or you’re sleeping. Using an A/C unit uses energy, and the money you’ll save from turning it off is worth it.

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Kori

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Kori is an autistic mom who also happens to have ADHD and Anxiety. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodivergent family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori provides life coaching services for neurodivergent women (and those who identify as women) as well as Oracle card reading, Tarot card readings, and energy healing.

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