How the air conditioner works

By Addison L.

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Air conditioners

Have you ever wondered how your air conditioner works? Well here are your answers. The air conditioner has three main parts; they are an compressor a transfer and an outlet. The compressor and condenser are usually located on the outside air portion of the air conditioner. The working fluid arrives at the compressor as a cool, low-pressure gas. The compressor squeezes the comical. This packs the molecule of the fluid closer together. working fluid leaves the compressor as a hot, high pressure gas and flows into the condenser. A compressor circulates a refrigerant from an evaporator though a condenser and expansion valve and back to the evaporator. The hot liquid from outside travels though the tube in a metal box and then transfers into cool liquid and travels back and into your home. As the liquid changes to gas and evaporates, it extracts heat from the air around it. The heat in the air is needed to separate the molecules of the fluid from a liquid to gas.

Different types of air conditioner

The heat in the air is needed to separate the molecules of the fluid from a liquid to a g some other air conditioners use the warm air from inside and transfer that into cool air. In this progress the air is taken in by an intake. Then the air hits a fan and moves it to the the transfer and is then turned into cool air. After that all the cool air is moved out of the machine though the outlet. This is how you get all that refreshing air into your house. It feels good right.

Comparing the air conditioner and the refrigerator

The refrigerator works about the same way the ac works. Because it takes the hot air and transfers it into cool air to cool down the fridge. The refrigerator also has the transfer to help make the air extra cold to keep the food or drink that you have cool. The cool thing about the fridges is that as the air moves though the tube the air gets cooler. In the fridge all the hot is cooled by chemicals and jets, it gets cooler and cooler as it goes though the tubes. Instead of cooling just the small, insulated space inside of a refrigerator, an air conditioner cools a room, a whole house, or an entire business. By the way of compressing gas can change the heat or coolness of the fridge, unlike the air conditioner which changes the gas into a cool liquid. When it is compressed, a gas heats up as it is pressurized. This is how the fridge gets cold enough to keep food cool. This is very similar to how the air conditioner works.

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Intake: something that takes something into itself.

Output: something that takes something and puts it outside itself.

Jets: Is a fan that moves very fast and produces a lot of wind.


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