The folks here at GAMA Air are happy to have our feet planted firmly on Terra Firma as we ramp up to help our friends and neighbors in the Beverly Hills, Culver City, Mar Vista, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Westwood, Downtown Los Angeles, Vernon, Huntington Park, Sherman Oaks, Encino area to get their central cooling system operating at its best. You’ve may have read our previous post about heating and cooling the International Space Station (ISS). If so, you learned that what we do when we install or repair a central air system, although not nearly as cosmically amazing, has similarities with what’s going on at the ISS some 240 miles above the surface of the Earth.
There’s another aspect of the heating and cooling system of the ISS that we want to draw your attention to. And we’ll talk about what it means for you at home. So, let’s start with a TRUE or FALSE statement: “Hot air rises.” The answer? FALSE. Hot air does not rise in a zero-gravity environment. Didn’t see that coming did you? Think about it... What makes hot air rise? Without getting super technical, it has to do with the density of air. Cold air is denser, and gravity pulls on it more than Hot air. And because Cold air is being pulled down then Hot air moves up to fill the void. However, if gravity is not pulling on anything, then Hot air does not rise.
What’s the point? On the ISS keeping the air temperature consistent and comfortable is important. But they can’t rely on natural convection to aid with the circulation of air. Instead a very carefully designed ventilation system makes sure that there are no cold air or hot air pockets in the modules. The design has to account for all the space inside the modules so that the airflow keeps temperatures consistent. And it is running 24/7.
What about your house? Like we said, We’re glad to be on Terra Firma. Gravity simplifies things when you compare what the crew members of the ISS have to deal with. But that doesn’t mean that just because gravity is present that the air in your house is consistent and comfortable. Do you have rooms in your house that are always noticeably cooler or warmer than others? Then the ventilation system of your central air system is not doing what it should. There’s a few ways to handle this, and in our next post we will explain the options in detail.
Ready to have your AC unit checked out to make sure it’s ready for summer? Call your preferred professional and trusted heating and air service company. If you’re in Beverly Hills, Culver City, Mar Vista, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Westwood, Downtown Los Angeles, Vernon, Huntington Park, Sherman Oaks, Encino or the nearby area, give GAMA Air a call now at (310) 651-6936, or use our online form to request an inspection and tune-up. We guarantee your satisfaction 100%!
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