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The Invention That Changed the World

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On July 17, 1902, a young research engineer initialed a set of mechanical drawings designed to solve a production problem at the Sackett & Wilhelms Lithography and Printing Company in Brooklyn, New York. These were not the first drawings that 25-year-old Willis Carrier had prepared on behalf of his new employer, the Buffalo Forge Company. Since graduation from Cornell University …

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How a Central Air Conditioner Works

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When the heat of spring, summer, and early fall comes rolling in, it’s nice to have some type of cooling system in place in your home to be able to beat the heat. Some people have portable window air conditioners to cool the home, while others have central air conditioners. Two Different Coils Used to Cool Your Home Central air …

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What’s the best way to cool down your kitchen on a hot summer’s day? If your immediate answer is “Open the refrigerator door,” you’re way off target! Every bit of heat a refrigerator sucks in through its cool box is pumped straight out of the metal fins at the back. If anything, because of the sheer inefficiency of the machine, …

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How to Help a Window Air Conditioner Drain Better

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Not only does air conditioning lower the temperature inside your home no matter how hot the day, but it also removes humidity from the air. As the cold refrigerant inside your window air conditioner circulates through the evaporator (an indoor cooling coil) the warm air inside your home creates condensation — like steam on a bathroom window during a shower. …

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Getting Your Ducts in a Row: Is Duct Cleaning Necessary?

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American Home Shield explains what is air duct cleaning and if it’s necessary. Learn how to keep your air clean and when you should clean your ductwork. Maintaining a home is a huge responsibility. Part of that responsibility involves keeping that home clean and tidy, which can sometimes feel like a Herculean task, given the extra chores that sometimes fall …

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How to Know if Your Air Conditioning Ducts Need Cleaning

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The air conditioning ducts in your HVAC system supply all of the rooms with cool forced air. When they need cleaning, the quality of the air will decrease and in many cases, the quantity of the air will decrease too. That will lead to an inefficient duct system that will tax both your blower motor and your pocketbook. However, that …

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The Best Central Air Conditioning Units of 2017

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Central Air Conditioning Units Review Why Buy a Central Air Conditioner? The dog days of summer are hot, humid and hard to endure if you don’t have an effective way to cool your home. Installing a central air conditioner is an excellent way to make your home comfortable during the summer months. Today’s central air conditioning units are more effective, …

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Could Your Air Conditioner Be Making You Sick?

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A few steps can help ensure that indoor air isn’t bad for your health On a scorching summer day, air conditioners do more than help you stay comfortable indoors. They help protect against such serious maladies as heatstroke and filter out some pollutants and allergens. Air conditioners can be especially important for people with lung or heart disease who might …

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How Air-Conditioning Conquered America (Even the Pacific Northwest)

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Air-conditioning has been remarkably good at creating demand for itself. It enabled the sweeping postwar development of the South, where all new single-family homes today include central air. In automobiles, it made the commutes between air-conditioned homes and air-conditioned offices possible. In the Southwest, its arrival facilitated new methods of rapid construction, replacing traditional building designs that once naturally withstood …