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    American standard. platinum indoor coil vs air handler.

    I'm getting an American Standard A/C 16 SEER Variable speed and a 95% furnace. The HVAc guy quoted me the whole system and in the quote there is a evaporator coil. When I look at the American standard website they have this coil and a bunch of air handlers. It seems that the air handlers work with A/c and heat pump. So my question is what is the difference between the evaporator coil and the air handler? Which one is better?

    Here are the links

    http://www.americanstandardair.com/p...aspx?prod=ic01
    http://www.americanstandardair.com/p...spx?prod=ahd02

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by wak View Post
    I'm getting an American Standard A/C 16 SEER Variable speed and a 95% furnace. The HVAc guy quoted me the whole system and in the quote there is a evaporator coil. When I look at the American standard website they have this coil and a bunch of air handlers. It seems that the air handlers work with A/c and heat pump. So my question is what is the difference between the evaporator coil and the air handler? Which one is better?

    Here are the links

    http://www.americanstandardair.com/p...aspx?prod=ic01
    http://www.americanstandardair.com/p...spx?prod=ahd02

    Thanks
    Air handlers are for ac only or heat pumps and evaporator coils are for ac with gas furnace. Air handlers have the coil and fan built into one cabinet and evaporator coils stand alone and use the fan in the furnace for air distribution. Your contractor chose the right set up for gas/electric system

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrammel View Post
    Air handlers are for ac only or heat pumps and evaporator coils are for ac with gas furnace. Air handlers have the coil and fan built into one cabinet and evaporator coils stand alone and use the fan in the furnace for air distribution. Your contractor chose the right set up for gas/electric system
    Thank you very much. I don't know anything about this stuff and that is why I'm here.
    How does the fan in the gas furnace help to distribute the air in summertime? would this fan be powered with electricity or gas?
    Pardon my ignorance. It just seemed kind of weird that the fan in the furnace would be working during summer time.

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    It is powered by electricity and pulls air from the return grilles (where filters are probably located) and blows through the heat exchanger (which is heated by gas in winter) then through the evaporator (which removes heat/moisture in the summer) then through the ductwork and out of the smaller vents that air blows out of. Hope this is layman enough for you to grasp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrammel View Post
    It is powered by electricity and pulls air from the return grilles (where filters are probably located) and blows through the heat exchanger (which is heated by gas in winter) then through the evaporator (which removes heat/moisture in the summer) then through the ductwork and out of the smaller vents that air blows out of. Hope this is layman enough for you to grasp.
    Great explanation. Thanks!!!

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