8 interesting facts about air conditioners
Author Vladimir Sobolev

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1. The world’s first air con­di­tion­er had a dif­fer­ent pur­pose. In the ear­ly 19th cen­tu­ry, work­ers at a pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny in Brook­lyn noticed that the rate at which ink dries was direct­ly relat­ed to the lev­el of humid­i­ty in the room. They com­mis­sioned then-lit­tle inven­tor Willis Car­ri­er a device to help solve the prob­lem. This is how the first cool­ing sys­tem appeared, and 13 years lat­er, the com­pa­ny for the pro­duc­tion of such devices.

2. The first mod­els were test­ed in cin­e­mas. At the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tu­ry, it was noticed that dur­ing the sum­mer, the occu­pan­cy of cin­e­mas was high­er, as peo­ple hid there from the heat. By intro­duc­ing a mar­ket­ing ploy with the use of air con­di­tion­ers, mar­keters not only pop­u­lar­ized their devices, but also unwit­ting­ly increased the prof­itabil­i­ty of the film indus­try. After all, the audi­ence went to the pre­mieres of the so-called “sum­mer block­busters” end­less­ly.

3. The total num­ber of air con­di­tion­ers in the world has reached 1 bil­lion.

4. Air con­di­tion­ers pro­tect against mold, because many mod­els of these devices are able to reg­u­late the humid­i­ty in the room.

5: Air con­di­tion­ers encour­age dust mites to mul­ti­ply. For this rea­son, experts strong­ly rec­om­mend clean­ing the fil­ters reg­u­lar­ly.

6. A favor­able envi­ron­ment for the devel­op­ment of microor­gan­isms is cre­at­ed inside the device. And they cause “sick build­ing syn­drome”. Heat exchang­ers con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed with microor­gan­isms are con­sid­ered one of the rea­sons. This phe­nom­e­non is typ­i­cal for office build­ings. Heat exchang­ers must be reg­u­lar­ly cleaned and treat­ed with a spe­cial anti­fun­gal com­pound.

7. Minor tem­per­a­ture changes are more use­ful to a per­son than harm­ful. A devi­a­tion in ambi­ent tem­per­a­ture by 6–8 °, both in minus and in plus, makes a per­son­’s metab­o­lism work faster. And this has a pos­i­tive effect on the sta­bil­i­ty of weight and the gen­er­al con­di­tion of the body.

8. To avoid drafts, when the air con­di­tion­er is run­ning, it is not rec­om­mend­ed to open the win­dows wide open.

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