Within the last century, we have seen an explosion of innovations that have made us feel more comfortable in the places we live, work, and play. Among these, perhaps none is more important to the people of Arizona than air conditioning.
While forms of air conditioning have been around since the time of the Romans, the real thing wasn't invented until 1902. Air conditioning works in the same way as refrigeration, only the latter is more intense. The air conditioner uses a compressor and coils filled with refrigerant. The unique thing about refrigerants is that they boil at a very low temperature.
Take, for example, pure liquid ammonia, which boils at -27°F (a whopping 239 degrees colder than the boiling point of water!). The compressor causes the ammonia to condense into its liquid form, where its temperature is higher. At that point, it is forced through the expansion valve, which is a low-pressure area. The liquid immediately drops to its boiling point (a chilly -27°) and vaporizes. Air is moved over this part of the coils, which is what cools the air down.
Even though it sounds technical, the physics behind an air conditioner are pretty simple. However, the components that make it all happen are more complex. Rainforest Plumbing & Air technicians are air conditioning experts. Give us a call today at (480) 615-7766
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