During the Baytown, TX spring and summer, air conditioning is a marvel of engineering. Crisp, cool air delivered right into your home just by the press of a button. Because the design of AC systems are so user friendly, it’s no wonder that you might be hard-pressed to articulate exactly how that cool air actually happens within your AC unit. While you should replace your air filter and keep your units clear or dirt and debris, beyond that, a technician’s level of knowledge and experience is required to work on the intricacies of the cooling cycle. Let’s go over how your air conditioning works. Call the Baytown, TX air conditioning professionals at Expert Air for quality AC services.

Let’s begin by considering the major components: compressor, condenser coils, expansion valve, evaporator coils, and air handler. The most important ingredient of the refrigerant cycle, however, is the refrigerant itself, a chemical designed to produce radical changes in temperature and fluctuation. The compressor is the engine of the refrigerant cycle. It takes the low pressure gas from the evaporator coil and compresses it into a high pressure, high temperature gas. It does this so that the thermal energy of the refrigerant will be higher than even the hottest outdoor temperature, making sure that the heat dissipates through the condenser coils as an exhaust fan sends air through the outdoor unit.

The condensed refrigerant then becomes cool liquid by entering through the expansion valve, which depressurizes the refrigerant and sends it inside. When this liquid reaches the indoor evaporator coil, it interacts with the warm indoor air extracted by the air handler. This interaction causes the refrigerant to evaporate (hence the name), and it cools the air, so that the indoor air handler can then send it back through the ductwork to be circulated throughout your home. The gas refrigerant then heads to the compressor for another round. That’s the refrigerant cycle, in short.

For more information about your Baytown air conditioning and how to improve its performance and energy efficiency, contact the technicians at Expert Air today!