The simple answer is no. There may be a link between air conditioning and getting a sore throat but it isn’t a causation. Air conditioning can be a breeding ground for bacteria and for infestation but with these clever ideas on how to maintain the system, it should not be an issue.
During the warmer months, many homes will have air conditioning. However, air conditioning can be a necessity as well as a luxury.
What is air conditioning?
The first functional air conditioning was made in 1908, it made a promise to:
– Maintain a suitable humidity in all parts of a building
– Release the air from excessive humidity during certain seasons
– Supply a constant and appropriate supply of ventilation
– Remove micro-organisms from the air, along with dust, soot and other foreign bodies
– Cool a room depending on certain seasons
– Heat up rooms in winter
How it works
What an air conditioner does; moves the heat from your home to the outside, thus cooling the home.
They actually blow cool air into the home by pulling out the heat from that air, the air is actually cooled by blowing it over a cold set of pipes that are called evaporator coils.
This process is powered by a motor that runs in the compressor of your AC unit.
Maintaining the system
Filters should be changed in your air conditioning unit regularly so to keep the filter clean and the air that is blown out clean also, this may prevent any illnesses that could be caused by owing dirt and dust into the air which would then be breathed in.
To clean the system, a brush can be used on the obstructions and coils, however depending on the system, this may have to be done by a professional.
If your AC unit isn’t producing as much cold air as it would regularly, there may be a problem with the airflow or could indicate a refrigerant charge – this would need servicing.
Increasing your energy efficiency
One fo the biggest improvements for energy efficiency is sealing leaky ducts, as well as replacing dirty filters, cleaning the coils and maintaining the right charge and airflow.
Check if your outdoor condenser is blocked by any foliage or leaves that may be affecting its performance inside of your house.
The former points have focused mainly on cooling, whereas ventilation is probably one of the most important things an air conditioning unit can do.
Ventilation is needed to remove all of the contaminants that are generated indoors and may possibly lead to health conditions.
What can you do to ensure the health of your AC unit in Autumn?
As the cooler weather comes to great us, it’s no surprise that the AC unit in your home, office or work place will get a well deserved break. After you’re done using your AC unit for some time, it’s a good idea to prepare for winter in order to minimise any potential damages. By doing regular maintenance of your air con, you’ll be doing yourself a favour: regular fixes of the unit will extend its life and boost its efficiency output. Not treating your AC the right way can cause considerable costs to your pocket, so in this blog, we’ll give some priceless tips on how you can prepare your air conditioning unit for winter.
Maintaining the AC filters
The most important part of your air conditioning is one of the most simple; the cleaning and replacement of filters. Doing this will ensure that the unit is running at 100% efficiency, as it allows the unit to operate in a clean, clear state. Having a dirty filters that’s causing blockages in your AC unit prevents sufficient airflow through the system, which will decrease the system’s overall level of efficiency. Like many things, if normal airflow becomes blocked, air that passes through the filter can carry dirt with it, which can cause damages the heat-absorbing ability of the unit. You should look to clean or replace (if necessary) the filters on your AC unit every couple of months throughout the cold weather.
Keeping the AC coils clear
It’s not unusual for both the condenser and evaporator coils on the AC to gather a considerable amount of dirt in the time they’re used. Using a clean filter will prevent your evaporator coil from getting dirty too quickly. Overtime, it’s normal for the coil to pick up dirt and this will insulate the coil, reducing airflow and minimising its ability to absorb heat in a proper manner. You can avoid this issue by checking your evaporator coil at least once a year.
Cleaning away the debris
In order to keep the AC unit flowing in a proper manner, you should attempt to keep dirt and debris away from your condenser unit. Potenital sources of blockages can be falling leaves, lawn mower debris and dryer vents. Try to keep the area around of the coil clean, simply by removing all debris and overgrown foliage.
Prepare for the winter
During the autumn months, you should try to completely remove and store away your portable AC unit or securely cover your AC unit in order to minimise damage. If you have an AC unit outside, you should try to cover it, as this will protect it from any debris and weathering perils that winter brings.
Use all of these handy tips to maintain and ensure the continued health of your air conditioning unit!
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Air conditioning is one of the most necessary parts of your home that you want to keep using in the hot summer months, but what about when winter slowly approaches? What should you do to keep you air conditioning unit safe in the cold months?
Find out what to do and how to manage your unit in winter!
First things first…
Your air conditioning has served you well all summer. It’s kept you cool when the sun outside blares, so how can you take of it in winter?
The first thing to do is to cut the power going into the unit. There should be the power circuit close to the unit, so open and flip the switch from on to off. Doing this will prevent the unit from turn on in a somewhat warm winters day, so water can’t flow into the unit and potentially freeze it!
Keeping it fresh…
Just like all things, your air conditioning unit is bound to get dirty in the months it’s being used. The days of hot weather bring out all kind of bugs and dirt, so be sure to give it a good clean when you’re heading into the winter months! You can use a hose to do this part, removing bird droppings, bugs, dust and dirt from inside your unit. You should have an access panel to the inside of the air con, so be sure to remove any leaves and other debris that could potentially block up your system.
Did you know that you can actually keep your unit warm in the cold! Covering any exposed pipes with foam covers can protect them against the potentially freezing temperatures! You can use duct tape to keep them covers in place.
Check it regularly…
Remember to give you air conditioning unit the once over on occasion, just to make sure that any covers you’ve placed over the unit are still secure. This will keep snow, ice and other debris off your unit, making it ready for reuse when needed!
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Air Conditioning: A History
Willis Haviland Carrier was the brains behind the modern concept of air conditioning but before his invention became a reality, many came forward with the idea of a machine that served the purpose of cooling, though changes in the design were tinkered differently to Carrier’s design. So we can mark the anniversary of Carrier’s fantastic invention, we’re going to take a brief look back at the long story – and history – of air conditioning.
1758: Benjamin Franklin and Cambridge University professor John Hadley discovered that the evaporation of alcohol and other liquids evaporate faster than water and in turn they can cool down an object enough to freeze the water.
1820: It was a case of dé ja vu for inventor Michael Faraday who made the same discovery as Franklin and Hadley some 62 years later in England. This was achieved through the compression and liquidity of ammonia.
1830s: Dr. John Gorrie makes a huge breakthrough in the case of air conditioning but it comes to no avail. Whilst working at a Florida hospital, Dr. Gorrie created an ice-making machine that uses the compression to make buckets of ice, then blowing air over them. He patented the idea in 1851, with the dream of cooling buildings throughout the world. Lack in financial backing was to blame for the failure of his invention and the world would have to wait much, much longer for A/C.
1881: President James Garfield is shot by an assassin on July 2 in 1881, so naval engineers built a makeshift cooling unit in order to keep him cool and comfortable simultaneously. The device is a simple design, with water-soaked cloth filling the inside whilst a fan blows hot air overhead, keeping cool air much closer to the ground. The good news behind the project is that the device can achieve lower room temperatures of up to 20F, but unfortunately President Garfield still dies. Oh and the machine used a massive half-million pounds of ice in just TWO months.
1902: Willis Carrier invented the ‘Apparatus for Treating Air’ at a time where he was working for the Sackett-Wilhelms Litographing and Publishing company in New York. The machine is designed to blow air over cold coils, which can control both room temperature and humidity. The device keeps paper from wrinkling as well as aligning the ink where it’s supposed to be. After discovering that other factories want to use the cooling technology, Carrier establishes the Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America.
1906: Stuart Cramer creates a ventilating device that gives the ability to add water vapour to the air in textile factories. The humidity makes yarn easier to spin and reduces the chance of breakages. Cramer is the first person to call this process “air conditioning.”
1914: Air conditioning came to the home for the first time in history. The unit is installed in Minneapolis, inside the mansion of Charles Gates. The air conditioning unit is approximately 7 feet high, 6 feet wide and 20 feet long. It’s a great possibility that the unit went unused because no one actually ever lived inside the house.
1931: H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman are responsible for inventing an individual room air conditioner which sits on your window ledge. This design is common place in apartment buildings ever since. The units are available for purchase and are purchased by those who are least likely to experience a hectic, sweaty life – the rich. A large cooling system would cost between $10,000-$50,000, which is equivalent to $120,000 to $600,000 in today’s money!
1939: Packard invents the first air-conditioned car, which allows a relaxing ride for those inside. Dashboard controls for the onboard A/C would come later. For now, given the passenger would get chilly, the driver would have to stop the engine, open the hood and disconnect a compressor belt.
1942: The US builds its first power plant, named a “summer peaking” plant. It’s built to handle the ever growing electrical load that air conditioning demands.
1950s: After World War II, the economic boom finally happens as residential air conditioning becomes available to many. Over 1 million units are sold in 1953 alone.
1970s: The window units of air conditioning lose points as central air comes along. The units consist of a three main components: condenser, coils and a fan. Air gets drawn in, passed over the coils and then blasted through the ventilation system.
So, what do you think of our look into the history of air conditioning? Tell us in the comments below!