Here are fifteen great HVAC Trivia facts asked and answered.
Michael Faraday in 1820 discovered that liquefied ammonia would cool air when compressed and evaporated- an early experiment which led to mechanical air conditioning.
Willis Carrier, printing plant engineer. It was originally designed to solve the humidity and heat problem in the printing plant where he worked in Brooklyn, NY.
The New York Stock Exchange was one of the first commercial air conditioning customers.
The Ancient Romans created Hypocaust. A floor heating design by which a continuously run furnace in a room beneath the floor would continuously warm the floor. This would also help warm the room. It was first designed to warm bath houses.
Dr. John Gorrie, Florida. In 1842 he created a machine to make ice to help cool his patients. He received a patent for the machine in 1851, so he could build ice making machines for homes and businesses. He lost his financial backing before he could develop it.
The HVAC Industry, with the improvement and development of air conditioning systems, enabled workers to be productive in hot and harsh climates. This led to commercial and residential expansion in those southwest geographic areas.
Packard in 1939 first offered air conditioning as an added option to new cars. Many did not choose the option due to the high cost and the fact that the evaporator and blower took up half the trunk space.
A Hygrometer measures the relative humidity or moisture, vapor content in air.
President Herbert Hoover was the first president to enjoy air conditioning in the white house. He had air conditioning installed in the oval office in 1930 at a cost of $30,000 during the Great Depression.
Air Conditioners also remove humidity from the air as well.
Change HVAC air filters at least every three months, every month for high traffic homes or homes with pets.
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and measures the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.
Fans can cool air by a small amount, they provide more comfort by creating a wind chill and helping to evaporate sweat.
Yes, excessive heat and humidity can claim lives of elderly people, people with health conditions and people exerting themselves in high temperatures. It has been determined by researchers that deaths experienced by these higher risk people has been reduced by 80%.
YES! High energy efficient systems can save up to 30% or even more on your HVAC energy costs, which saves you on energy bills and helps the environment.
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