Air Handlers

Air Handlers for Your Inland Empire, California, Area Home

Air handlers work with your Inland Empire, California, area home’s heating and cooling system to distribute conditioned air effectively throughout all of your indoor spaces. Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating has a great selection of Trane® air handlers to offer enhanced comfort, higher energy efficiency, and increased heating and cooling performance.

Our installation technicians are factory trained with the skills and knowledge necessary to get the job done right. Every air handler installation is covered by Sanborn’s 5 Star Satisfaction Guarantee. We install, service, and repair all air handler brands, including Daikin, Carrier, Bryant, and more.

For all of your home’s air conditioning and heating needs, contact the friendly HVAC technicians at Sanborn’s today!

What Is an Air Handler?

Most Redlands, CA, homeowners in the Inland Empire are familiar with heating and air conditioning system equipment such as furnaces and air conditioners. However, many might wonder, “What is an air handler?” Read our most recent blog to learn what an air handler is and what it does for the heating and cooling process.

If you have questions about air handlers, you’re not alone. This common heating and cooling component just isn’t as well known as air conditioning units or furnaces, though they exist in many Redlands, CA, and San Bernardino, CA, and Moreno Valley homes.

Split system heating and cooling units have both indoor and outdoor components. In homes with furnaces and air conditioners, the furnace is inside and the air conditioner is outside. When heat pump systems are installed, the air handler is inside while the heat pump is outside.

The air handler holds important system components including:

  • Evaporator coil
  • Blower motor
  • Air filter
  • Electronics
  • Electrical componentsnd cooling process.If you have questions about air handlers, you’re not alone. This common heating and cooling component just isn’t as well known as air conditioning units or furnaces, though they exist in many Redlands, CA, and San Bernardino, CA, and Moreno Valley homes.Split system heating and cooling units have both indoor and outdoor components. In homes with furnaces and air conditioners, the furnace is inside and the air conditioner is outside. When heat pump systems are installed, the air handler is inside while the heat pump is outside.The air handler holds important system components including:
    • Evaporator coil
    • Blower motor
    • Air filter
    • Electronics

What Does an Air Handler Look Like?

It’s easy to mistake an air handler for a furnace because they look similar and are both installed inside the home. The air handler is usually installed in a utility closet, garage, basement, or attic and looks like a big, metal cabinet.

Air handlers can also come in other configurations to suit the needs of the home. Multi-position air handlers have a higher profile than traditional equipment and may be installed in different configurations. Wall-mounted air handlers are short and wide and can be installed on a wall. Ductless air handlers can be installed on walls or ceilings to work with a ductless HVAC system.

What Does an Air Handler Do?

The job of the air handler is to exchange heat in your Redlands, CA, or Rancho Cucamonga home in order to heat or cool air and distribute conditioned air throughout the home.

To cool your home, air flows into the air handler from the return duct. It passes over the evaporator coil inside the air handler, which absorbs heat and removes humidity via the refrigerant inside it. Refrigerant cycles outdoors to the heat pump where heat is released into the atmosphere.

To heat your Redlands or Riverside, CA, home, the outdoor heat pump absorbs heat from the air outside via its refrigerant. Refrigerant travels back to the evaporator coil, where air flowing over the coil gains heat. The blower circulates heated air back to living areas throughout the home.

To achieve the best energy efficiency, the indoor air handler and outdoor heat pump should be matched. To ensure a proper match, both indoor and outdoor units generally should be replaced at the same time. If these units are not correctly matched, the system will not offer the efficiency levels you expect, resulting in higher energy bills. Many equipment manufacturers also require components to match in order for warranty coverage to remain valid.

Just like furnaces and air conditioners, air handlers require regular maintenance, too. Typically, they are serviced twice per year along with the heat pump.

Benefits of Installing a Variable Speed Air Handler

There are many perks to installing a variable speed air handler in your Redlands, CA, home, including:

Energy efficiency and consistent temperatures

Energy efficiency is one of the top reasons homeowners in Redlands and across the San Bernardino area install air handlers. Air handlers help circulate the air throughout your home, providing more consistent temperatures. This means your furnace or air conditioner won’t have to turn on as much, thus lowering your energy bills.

Improved air quality

If you’re looking for a way to improve the air quality in your Redlands or Moreno Valley, CA, home, we highly recommend an air handler. When your HVAC system shuts down after running a cycle, your air handler will continue to circulate air in your home. This prevents dust and other particles from collecting around your home.

A quieter heating and cooling system

New air handling units are extremely quiet and efficient. You’ll barely even know your HVAC system is on aside from the cool or warm air coming from your vents.

For More Air Handler Questions, Call Sanborn’s

If you still have questions about air handlers, we’re happy to answer them. When it’s time to replace your air handler and heat pump, contact Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating to receive an estimate for a new matched system. Our family-owned HVAC business has provided the residents of Redlands and Highland, CA, with quality customer service since the last 1940s.

Our heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality experts always provide fast and efficient installation and repair HVAC services to residential and commercial properties in Redlands, San Bernardino, CA, and the surrounding areas. For service, call our phone number at 909-279-1184 or 951-386-0194.

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