“Air handlers work in conjunction with a heat pump, a device that uses refrigerants to move heat energy from one place to another. The handler has a blower that forces air through the house, and the refrigerant lines run through the air stream just “downwind” from the blower. During the summer, the refrigerant pulls heat out of the air stream and moves it outside; the result is that the air handler blows cool air. In the winter, the refrigerant pulls heat energy from the outside air—yes, there is heat energy even in cold winter air—and moves it inside, with the result being that the air handler blows warm air. The air handler is not heating (or cooling) the air. It’s just blowing the air past the refrigerant lines, which are changing the temperature. That’s what makes an air handler different from a furnace.”
Read more on the differences between air handlers and furnaces here.
Think of an air handler as a transportation system of sorts. It doesn’t generate heat or cold air but rather adequately moves it around your home. Air handlers also act as a filtration system removing impurities and dust to provide fresh clean air. It’s important that you have a reliable heat pump attached to your air handler to maximize efficiency and ensuring temperatures remain constant throughout your home.
The team at Temperature Control Specialities has a variety of air handlers to choose from. As an official partner of Trane, we’re proud to offer the very best HVAC equipment in the industry. Call (317) 247-7663 to learn more about our air handlers.