Air Conditioning

How Algarve Seasons Can Help You.

If you are looking for a new Air Conditioning or Renewable Energy solution, our consultants at Algarve Seasons will evaluate your home and help you find the best system for your lifestyle. If you need maintenance, we are ready to help you save money and keep surprise breakdowns away. You can schedule your next tune-up and save the stress and hassle of maintaining your system. We’re always just a phone call away, no matter what you need.

If something goes wrong with your air conditioning system, our engineers can usually repair broken Daikin air conditioning units quickly and efficiently, reducing downtime and any negative impact on your comfort.

If you are a contractor requiring information about specifications or parts for Daikin air conditioning systems, please visit the Daikin website and contact Daikin directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing an air conditioner for your home comes down to a few things:

  • Size of your home
  • Budget
  • Energy-efficiency
  • Other considerations

 

For new homes, you will have the luxury of planning a system before you build. If you are replacing an older system, check to make sure that your new system has a good warranty and that it is professionally sized for your home.

Properly sizing your air conditioner for your home is vital to both energy efficiency and adequate cooling. Fitting a small air conditioning unit in a big room just won’t give you the desired cooling or heating capacity. Hence, it’s essential to get it right.

Also, a unit that’s too big will not dehumidify your space correctly either; it only partially dehumidifies your home. So when it comes to Air Conditioning, size really does matter!  

An improperly sized conditioner will consume more energy and wear out quickly.  Generally, you want about 15 to 25 BTUs of cooling power per square foot.  However, many factors go into sizing that speaking with a professional is best – it’s their job!

Types of Air Conditioners

Types of Air Conditioners

The reason Willis Carrier invented air conditioning was to control humidity. Carrier was challenged to solve humidity problems plaguing a New York printer. Humidity was causing poor production quality, lost production days, and threatening their production schedule. Besides causing problems in printing and manufacturing, humidity – water vapour in the air – prevents our bodies from regulating our body’s temperature.

Fortunately for us, Carrier took the challenge, and today’s air conditioning units are a result of that first goal – conditioning rooms by dehumidifying the air, which makes spaces feel cooler to the skin. Modern air conditioners come in various shapes and sizes to help regulate both humidity and heat in your home or business to keep everyone cool & comfortable.

What are the Different Types of Air Conditioners?

The type of air conditioner that is right for you and your home depends on various factors. The primary considerations are the physical location, the size of the room, and how you will use it. First, let’s review the main types of air conditioners and the pros and cons of each. 

Ductless Air Conditioner

Ductless mini-split systems work precisely like the central system but without the ducts. Split systems have two units – one outside the home and one inside the room. Because there are no ducts, each unit must be installed in individual rooms. 

Why Choose a Ductless Air Conditioning System

When considering a system for your home, the deciding factor often is the need for ductwork. These ductless air conditioning systems tend to be more energy-efficient and are easier to add to older or smaller homes that do not have the space for ductwork.

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Central Air Conditioner

Central air conditioners are suitable for those with larger homes who want to cool multiple rooms simultaneously. A duct system throughout the home keeps the entire house consistent with no warm or cold spots. This system also uses air filters to improve indoor air quality and remove dust, pollen, and airborne particles.

Why Choose a Central Air Conditioning System

Central air conditioners are more efficient and quieter than room air conditioners. In addition, because they take up less room and are well–centralised – in an out-of-the-way space, central air conditioning systems keep your house décor clean. 

Ever wondered how they work?

How Does an Air Conditioner Work

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First invented by Willis Carrier, the modern air conditioning system was unveiled in 1902. His invention paved the way for air conditioners as we know them today.

People didn’t take long to realise the benefits of managing their indoor environment, controlling humidity, temperature and comfort.

Let's look at Refrigerants.

Refrigerants go back and forth from a liquid to a gas very easily, which makes them incredibly useful in an air conditioning system.  

When in their liquid state, they absorb heat, transforming it into a gas. Inside the air conditioning system, the refrigerant is forced to return to liquid, thus expelling the heat outside, removing hot air and replacing it with cool air.

Where does an Air Conditioner take air from?

To lower the temperature inside our homes, we have an evaporator and blower inside the units. As the hot air is extracted, it blows across the evaporator coils. The internal refrigerant absorbs the heat, transforming it into a vapour.

This process happens quickly, leaving your room cool as the hot vaporised air is sent outside via the condenser and compressor.

What are compressors and condensers?

The compressor and condenser work together in an outside unit (or on the roof of a business).

The compressors’ job is precisely that – to compress or raise the pressure and temperature of the refrigerant gas. The hot pressurised gas is then sent to flow through the condenser, where condensation occurs. Finally, the heat dissipates into the air, often with the help of a fan, and the refrigerant gas is condensed back into a liquid state to start the whole process over again. 

What part of the Air Conditioning unit helps to clean the air?

Let’s step back and look at the whole process in motion. Thermostats in our homes are the central brain of the operation, telling the system when the temperature needs to be raised or lowered. When the thermostat senses that the room air temperature is too high, it sends a message to the system to start the cooling process. 

A fan pulls the hot air into air ducts, passing through a filter system that removes airborne particles like dust and lint. Next, the warm filtered air flows over the evaporator coil, where the refrigerant absorbs the heat, and the indoor air is cooled. A fan then pumps the cooled air back through the ductwork into the various rooms. 

Meanwhile, the refrigerant has been converted to a gas. It travels outside, where the compressor pressurises the gas and sends it to the condenser coil. Here the outdoor fan disperses the heat into the outdoor air, and the refrigerant becomes a liquid and goes back through the cycle. 

Troubleshooting your Air Conditioner

We often only think about our air conditioning once it isn’t working. You can check a couple of things before calling out a professional. 

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The thermostat needs to be set correctly.

First of all, check your thermostat. Ensure it is in AC mode and the temperature is set correctly. A thermostat in the sun can also malfunction and register the wrong indoor temperature.

Plants around the outdoor unit

The outdoor units of your air conditioners need adequate airflow. Ensure 2/3 feet of clear space around the unit. Make sure that no plants and trees are overhanging or crowding your compressor; they will make it struggle to work correctly and eventually burn it out.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Lack of regular maintenance is the number one reason why air conditioners fail before their time. Regular maintenance inspections catch problems before they worsen and cause a hefty bill. In addition, our technicians will check filters, unit parts, and refrigerant to ensure everything works well, avoiding a summer heat emergency.

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Clogged filters

Check the filter of the air conditioning system. Clogged filters block airflow through your system. When air filters are dirty, the unit needs to work harder, increasing operating costs and shortening the unit's life expectancy.

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