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Chilling Out With Air Conditioners

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jul 06, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Jul 05, 2012

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions A look at the fascinating history and operation of refrigerant-cycle air conditioners. Fedders room air 5,000 Btu /hour room conditioner. Click on image to enlarge. Photo Credit: Fedders My wife and I did the outside work early, while the weather was still bearable. Since mid-day we’ve been holed up in the house. It’s not exactly cool indoors, but we’ve had the house closed up and it’s about 15 degrees cooler than outdoors. If it gets much warmer, though, I admit that I’ll at least be thinking about getting an air conditioner—as I do every year for a few days during the hottest weather. Readers of last week’s blog know that there are usually ways to avoid mechanical air conditioning (at least in Vermont)—though in places like Phoenix (where it was forecast to reach 109°F today), air conditioners are pretty-much a necessity. So what is an air conditioner exactly, and how does it work? read more






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