The air conditioner may seem like a modern invention, but the AC recently celebrated its 110th birthday. The technology that keeps our homes and offices bearable during the summer has been around for over a century, and when a product is on the market for over one hundred years you doubt that it’ll change much in the future. There have been many new and exciting developments in the world of HVAC products, and some of these innovations may already be sitting on store shelves.
Most air conditioners today are pretty simple, you set a dial (or punch in some numbers) and then your house is at the temperature it needs to be. Wouldn’t it be nice if your air conditioner could learn your favorite temperature settings over time, and even be able to adjust temperatures without you telling it to? The era of “smart” thermostats is here, and Nest is leading the way towards smart devices and care. The Nest learning thermostat has a computerized memory that gradually learns what your favorite settings are. It has the ability to sense when your home is empty and adjust the temperature accordingly. One of the most convenient features of Nest is that you can control your system when you aren’t physically inside your home. You can program the system from your work computer, laptop, and even your cell pho
Hot and sticky summer days aren’t miserable because of the high temperatures; it’s because of the high humidity. Humidity is what makes your hair frizz, your body sweat, and your state of mind miserable. Passive dehumidification is already available and this revolutionary HVAC tech has been saving businesses thousands of dollars every year. The setup is rather simple and the whole process only needs three evaporator coils. The first coil is filled with refrigerant, and when air passes through it’s cooled just how it would be in regular air conditioner. In the second set of coils are filled with super-cooled refrigerant which also helps cool the air. As the air passes through the first 2 coils condensation forms and is taken from the air. By the time the air passes through the first two coils it’s very cold, but it is also stripped of much of its moisture. The third coil is full of warm refrigerant, and by the time the air passes through it is heated to a warmer and more desirable temperature.
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