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What is an Air Handler and What Does It Do?

June 09, 2017

Maybe you’ve heard of air handlers. Maybe you haven’t. Even if you are acquainted with the idea of an air handler, you may not understand if you could use one to advance your home comfort in Portland. We’re here to help you learn what an air handler is and if one would help you in your home.

An air handler is the indoor unit of a split-system air conditioner or a heat pump. In essence, an air handler does what its name says: it handles air. It aides your split system or heat pump circulate cooled or warmed air within the ducts of your house. The air handler utilizes the evaporator coil and the blower in your ventilation system, along with other components. When the weather is warm, the air handler circulates air through your home, which helps sustain correct comfort levels in your home. Some models of air handlers even use heat strips to boost the heating power or your heat pump when the weather gets calmer.

A well maintained and operating air handler can help decrease utility bills and a provide an extended lifetime for your split system or heat pump.

If you want to know more about air handlers and the ways they could possibly benefit you and your home comfort, call Three Rivers Heating & Cooling today at 503-213-4433. We can help you determine if you’d be better helped by a more effective air handler and present you our many options.