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!

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When it comes to the efficiency of your home, your insulation is one of the most important components. If your insulation is old, thin or rotting it could be that it is letting a lot of heat in or out o your home. The Spring, TX insulation professionals at Expert Air Cooling and Heating offer complete insulation services and can help you make sure that your home is as efficiency as possible. We often get asked what the R-value means on their insulation. We thought it would be helpful to put together a quick description of what R-value means.

The Importance of Insulation

Insulation is designed to resist heat transfer. Heat moves in three ways: convection, conduction and radiation. During the summer when your home is cooler than the outside, heat can enter your home through your attic via conduction and convection. The insulation in your attic is there to keep that heat out of your home. The better your insulation, the more efficient your home will be.

The R-value of insulation describes how well it is able to resist heat transfer. The higher the R-value the more effective the insulation is to resisting heat movement. Depending on where you live and the cost of energy in your area, different R-values may be appropriate.

Why Get Your Insulation Inspected and Replaced

Getting your insulation inspected and replaced is a great way to increase the efficiency of your home. Insulation can be the best place to target your efforts if you’re trying to increase the efficiency of your home. Call the Spring, TX insulation professionals at Expert Air today. We can help you find some outstanding insulation for your home that matches your home’s needs and your budget.

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