Right now, we are in the middle of summer, which means many of us have our air conditioners pumping pretty hard. All air conditioners have coil heat exchangers. So do furnaces, but for the opposite reason. For the purposes of this post, we are going to take a second and discuss what heat exchangers are and why they are an important part of your life. We guarantee that you would know it if the heat exchanger in your AC unit stopped working. We hear it’s going to be pretty humid and hot up to the Fourth of July in many parts of the country this year.
How Does a Heat Exchanger Work?
In the simplest terms, a heat exchanger allows heat from a fluid to pass to another fluid without the two fluids ever coming into contact with one another or mixing together. In a nutshell, a heat exchanger transfers the heat of one fluid without moving the fluid itself.
Now you can see why this could be advantageous for a number of different applications, and it’s true. Coil heat exchangers are used for many different things by various industries, and the toughest coil heat exchangers are corrosion-resistant and will not fail to heat and/or mechanical stress. This could be crucial for some chemical and industrial applications.
However, heat exchangers are used for simple appliances and HVAC systems in a home or automobile as well. They can help to heat or cool a particular space or remove heat or cold air from an engine or other mechanical systems to ensure the system runs properly and doesn’t overheat or stall. If you have ever had an overheating problem in your car, the issue could have been with the radiator, which is essentially a heat exchanger.
So, hopefully, this short post was able to show you just how ubiquitous heat exchangers are in our everyday lives.