Condensate removal pumps : technology and pumping for small and large air conditioning units
- All air conditioning systems produce condensate water that must be managed optimally
- Air conditionerremoval drain pumps are the solution when drainage is not possible by gravity
- Condensate drain pumps are a very advantageous choice both aesthetically and functionally
- Why not consider reuse of condensate drain water?
Air conditioner condensate drain pumps: a functional and aesthetic solution
Air conditioning systems and air conditioners: they are our trusted allies during the summer, the ones that make even the hottest and sultriest days livable. We have all learned by now to use them correctly to save on consumption and to respect our health. There is, however, another aspect that is often not considered and that in some cases can be a difficult problem to solve: the formation of condensation and its elimination. Therefore, in this article we will see how air conditioner condensate drainage pumps are a flexible and effective answer, even in cases where disposal is complex.
Why condensate water from air conditioners forms and how it is usually disposed of
The first thing to consider is that the formation of condensation is a normal occurrence. This is precisely why it becomes necessary to consider the best way to manage it, from an aesthetic and functional point of view, every time an air conditioning or climate control system is installed. Condensation arises as a result of the heat exchange between the warm air in the rooms and the cooled and dehumidified air returned by the indoor unit of the air conditioner. Condensate, which is generated by the transition from the gaseous to the liquid state of water, is collected by the unit in a reservoir. It is then piped to the outside of the unit through a duct that either flows directly into the home's plumbing drains or into a catch basin. This solution is traditionally the most widely used, but it requires a prerequisite: gravity. Only in this way, in fact, can condensation water flow into the gutter and out at the end of the pipe. This forces precise choices during installation and makes this solution rather limiting when compared with the possibilities offered instead by the use of an Underfloor Air Conditioner.
All the advantages of a condensate drain pump
So let's consider how a condensate drain pump works and what its strengths are. Condensate drain pumps are extremely versatile pumping systems, available in different variants depending on the application. Whatever the type of air conditioning system, the most suitable pump can be found.
The condensate drain pump is the ideal solution for:
- Wall-mounted air conditioners
- Underfloor air conditioners
- Cassette air conditioners
- Ducted air conditioners
- Ceiling-mounted air conditioners
- Precision air conditioners
- Stationary and portable dehumidification equipment
The wide range of products available ensures maximum freedom in the placement of the air conditioner. Whether in basements, ceiling cavities, glass structures, and in general wherever the evacuation of condensate water by gravity is not possible, resorting to the condensate drain pump will still allow the installation to proceed. Clearly this is a great advantage, both functionally and aesthetically.
Gravity is not the only solution
Acting as a booster point, the pump can be placed as needed above the ceiling, inside the wall unit, in the ductwork itself when it is higher than the air conditioner. Due to the presence of sensors, there are types of condensate drain pumps that can also be installed quite far from the air conditioner without affecting its performance.
As is the case with any type of pump, sizing is calculated in flow rate and head. Depending on the power of the air conditioner and its location, the most suitable pump is recommended.
A very important aspect concerns the quietness of the pumping system. Today, technology has made great strides by developing systems that act on the perceived sound level; as a result, particularly quiet condensate drain pumps are available.
Other strengths of these products are their small size, ease of maintenance, and ease of installation. All condensate drain pumps are set up to be easily connected electrically and hydraulically to the air conditioning system; there are also plug and play products that are particularly suitable for use in domestic air conditioning systems.
Recovering condensate water: a green choice
We have seen how condensate drain pumps represent an optimal solution that provides maximum flexibility and allows you not to be tied to unsightly visible piping. But the issue of condensate water disposal allows us to make some reflections related to sustainability. The condensate drain pump can convey water to the drain column but also into graywater tanks to be reused for other purposes. Of course, this is not drinking water, but water that is very similar in PH to rainwater. Condensate water produced by air conditioners is therefore particularly suitable for gardening. Since it does not possess limescale, the water from the air conditioner can also be used for washing the car or for tucking away radiator water. When we consider that a home's air conditioner can produce up to 150 liters of condensate water per day, reclaiming it can be a decidedly green choice!