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What Is An Air Handler?

Arianne Large - Thursday, April 07, 2016
Outdoor Residential HVAC System

Do you understand all of the pieces and parts of your heating and air conditioning system? If not, you’re not alone. Most people have a relatively basic understanding of how this kind of equipment works to keep their homes nice and cool in the summer. For example, one of the most important components of your HVAC system is the air handler. Do you know what that is? In case you get this question on your next trivia game, here’s the answer to this not uncommon question.

What Is an Air Handler?

The air handler in your HVAC system is the part that sits outside and works in conjunction with the rest of the system. It is made up of a blower, a cooling element, filters, sound attenuators, and dampers that are all housed in the big metal box you see outside your house.

What Does an Air Handler Do?

An air handler's job is to distribute and circulate air through your cooling system into your home through the ductwork and ventilation system. Once the air circulates, it is returned through the ducts and vents to the air handler to be cooled once again.

How Does an Air Handler Work with the Air Conditioning System?

An air handler can work with either an air conditioner or a heat pump to cool air to circulate in your home. It works by pulling in air through the intake ducts and vents where it gets passed over the cooling element, which cools the air. The air handler then distributes the cooled air to the rooms in your house.

Now that you know how an air handler works, you probably have a lot more questions. For answers to all of your heating and air conditioning inquiries, contact the pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.