An air conditioner’s condenser is a component which turns gas into liquid via a cooling process. Warm gas in the form of refrigerant vapour from the compressor enters the condenser coils at the top end; as it is condensed, it drains down to the bottom of the coils and into a receiver unit.
The receiver unit holds any surplus liquid refrigerant. The condenser’s function in an air conditioner is to release the heat from the refrigerant to the air surrounding the coils. Split system air conditioners have a separate condenser unit located outdoors.
The concept of air conditioning was around long before the actual air conditioning system. The first person to attempt building an air conditioning system was Dr. John Gorrie, a physicist from Apalachicola, Florida. In the 1830's, Dr. Gorrie created a machine that essentially blew air over a bucket of ice and was used to cool the hospital rooms of patients with yellow fever and malaria.
In 1881, another air conditioning device was created by naval engineers who constructed a box containing cloths soaked in melted ice water, and there was a fan that blew overhead. The invention was able to lower the temperature of a room by about twenty degrees but it was not practical as it consumed about a half million pounds of ice in only two months time.
Evaporative coolers, also known as Swamp Coolers are becoming increasingly popular to energy conscious United States citizens (mostly in western states). They can be up to 75% more efficient than an air conditioner when used to cool your home.
Unfortunately, more evaporative coolers equals more evaporative cooler problems. That is the topic of this article. We will cover some common evaporative cooler problems and tell how to fix and prevent them.
We all experience the hottest months of summer at different times of the year in different countries. Those of you with multi-floor dwellings are likely to have problems cooling upstairs rooms no matter what part of the planet you reside.
This article focuses on tips and tricks you can use during the hotter months to help keep those upper rooms at a cooler, more comfortable temperature. We will discuss tips related to air conditioning, fans, windows, cross breezes and more.
Blocking Solar Heat
There is a semi-new type of air cooler on the market. These coolers are called two-stage evaporative coolers. Evaporative coolers cool air through the simple evaporation of water.
Whole house fans work by pulling cool outdoor air into your house. They also push warm indoor air out of your house. They can replace the need for an air conditioner in milder climates. They can be used in conjunction with air conditioners in hotter climates. The use of whole house fans will cut your energy bill. Another benefit is that they cool very rapidly by taking in large amounts of air.