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What Is an Air Handler?

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An air handler is a component of HVAC systems responsible for circulating conditioned air throughout a building. It contains components like a blower, heating or cooling coils, air filters, and dampers.

The concept of an air handler emerged as HVAC technology advanced and systems became more complex. Air handlers became essential for efficiently distributing heated or cooled air to different areas of a building.

Modern air handlers are designed with energy efficiency and flexibility in mind. They can be part of various system configurations, including central heating and cooling, heat pump, and ductless systems.

People Also Ask About Air Handlers

What’s the difference between an air handler and a furnace?

An air handler distributes conditioned air throughout a building, while a furnace generates heat. In some systems, an air handler can work with a furnace to provide both heating and distribution.

Can I replace my old air handler with a new one?

Yes, you can replace an old air handler with a newer, more efficient model. However, compatibility with your existing system and components should be considered.

How often should I replace the air filters in my air handler?

Air filters in an air handler should generally be replaced every 1 to 3 months, depending on factors like filter type, indoor air quality, and usage.


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