How Does Central Air Conditioning Use Refrigeration to Cool the Air in My Eldorado, NV Home?

The air conditioner is something we all depend on living in the Las Vegas Desert. Understanding the basic function of the air conditioner can potentially help you find any problems it may be facing. With this in mind, we at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning would like to share briefly how it started and the basic function.

Who Made First Air Conditioner & Why Was it Invented?

A young electrical engineer named Willis Haviland Carrier developed the first modern air conditioning system in 1902. Making it difficult to apply the layered inking techniques of the time, the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Company in Brooklyn, N.Y. Paper stock at the plant would sometimes absorb moisture from the warm summer air, so it was initially designed to solve a humidity problem there. By blowing it across chilled pipes, Carrier treated the air inside the building. As it passed across the cold pipes, the air cooled and the process reduced the humidity in the plant and stabilized the moisture content of the paper since cool air can’t carry as much moisture as warm air. A new technology was born is the humidity is reduced in addition to the unexpected benefit of lowering the air temperature. It wasn’t long before air-conditioning systems started popping up in theaters and stores, making the long, hot summer months much more comfortable after Carrier realized he’d developed something with far-reaching potential.

How Does Air Conditioning Work?

Taking advantage of a remarkable physical law, air conditioners use refrigeration to chill indoor air. In a process known as phase conversion, when a liquid converts to a gas, it absorbs heat. By forcing special chemical compounds to evaporate and condense over and over again in a closed system of coils, air conditioners exploit this feature of phase conversion. The properties enabling them to change at relatively low temperatures are involved in the refrigerant’s compounds. Over these cold, refrigerant-filled coils, the fans contained in air conditioners, move warm interior air. In order to funnel air to and from these serpentine, air-chilling coils, central air conditioners have a whole system of ducts especially designed. The refrigerant inside absorbs heat as it changes from a liquid to a gaseous state when hot air flows over the cold, low-pressure evaporator coil. The air conditioner has to convert the refrigerant gas back to a liquid again in order to keep cooling efficiently. A process that creates unwanted heat, a compressor puts the gas under high pressure to do this. With the help of a second set of coils called condenser coils, and a second fan, all the extra heat created by compressing the gas is then evacuated to the outdoors. It changes back to a liquid as the gas cools and the process starts all over again. Liquid refrigerant, phase conversion to a gas/ heat absorption, compression and phase transition back to a liquid again is all part of an endless, elegant cycle. There are two distinct things going on in an air conditioner, as it can easily been observed. The resulting gas is being continually compressed and cooled for conversion back to a liquid again after refrigerant is chilling the indoor air.

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