Air conditioners – What can we do without them? “Ber” month or not, living in the Philippines has its own pros and cons. On one hand, we’re surrounded by some of the most captivating cultures and nature-made landmarks ever known to man. On the other hand, we have to deal with the blazing heat each and every day. We haven’t even started yet on the inescapable bouts of traffic, wasting your precious moments daily just to get to work and vice versa. It doesn’t matter if we’re at the threshold of the supposedly dry (but cool) season, as the Philippines will always end up reminding us that it is, indeed, a tropical country. If tumultuous sweat isn’t enough indication of how hot it is in the country, take it from data released by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), with the heat index ranging from 42.2 degrees Celsius (April 2019) up to 31 degrees Celsius as of late. Even during the “Ber” months, the heat is enough to cause habitual commuters an onset of literal burnout.
Not to exaggerate, but given these circumstances, you are now left with a life-changing decision. You either take the blue pill and remain stuck with this endless routine of tolerating heat, traffic, and stress, thus, putting your health, well-being, and sanity on the line OR would you rather take the red pill, go for convenience and make a beeline for the appliances store. Now, when it comes to comfort and convenience, nothing else can be cooler than an air conditioner. The comfort that they provide attracts many people to a particular area the same way that bees are attracted to sweet nectar. Take this in perspective, you may find them in an office, in university classrooms, in hospitals, in fast food chains, in malls, etc. and most of the time, people like hanging around in these places for an extended amount of time (with the exemption of hospitals and offices, people are allergic to illnesses the same way that they’re allergic to overtime work, after all). If you were to account the number of people supposedly “window shopping” in malls during the weekend, you can bet that they’re there just to cool off and not to make a wise purchase. Indeed, air conditioners are extensively becoming in-demand. According to a consensus gathered in 2017, approximately 867 thousand A/C units were required in the Philippines, as people have begun to realize the massive cases of heatstroke and its harmful effects to the body. The hassles of traffic and stress can stack up in the long run, and people are now aware of the risks, you can thank social media for that.
Okay, so we’ll need them, but what are air conditioners basically?
We’ll try not to get too encyclopedic at this point, but simply put, an air conditioner is a device or machine that removes heat and moisture from the interior of an occupied space to improve the comfort of its occupants. Air conditioning can be used in both domestic and commercial environments, so it’s a welcome addition to both your home and your favorite hangout spot. Not to limit its function, however, as it’s also used to cool down other heat-producing equipment that may need a well-maintained temperature.
With that out of the way, there are countless interesting facts about air conditioning units that not many are aware of. Sure, you have all the time in the world to Google them one by one, but are you really going to sacrifice your precious time again to hunt for facts which we’ve already managed to gather? Look no further as we’ve got you covered:
How it all began..
The very first air conditioner was invented in 1902 by none other than Willis Carrier. As with other inventions, the A/C was made with a specific purpose in mind, in this case, Willis created it for the sole purpose of protecting paper and ink in a publishing company. On an interesting note, the term “air conditioner” wasn’t even coined by Willis, but rather, by textile mill engineer Stuart Cramer who first used the term in 1906.
Size may matter.
The first residential A/C was installed in 1914. If you’re curious about its dimensions, it was about 7 ft. high, 6 ft. wide, and 20 ft. long, a bit far from the dimensions of some modern air conditioners, which can go as small as 1.4 ft. high, 2 ft. wide, and 2.5 ft. long.
Take my money!
As with first-time inventions and innovations, their value when first sold to the general public may get steep, too steep as a matter of fact, as the price of A/Cs back then were as high as $10,000 and $50,000 (respectively, Php512,100 and Php2,560,500 if today’s conversion rates were to be used). Reasonably enough, it was due to their size and manufacturing cost. Nowadays, that is not the case, as they are significantly smaller and much more efficient to manufacture.
A real summer blockbuster.
Nowadays, people take air conditioners for granted. Just imagine going to the movies and complaining about how “too cold” it is. Without them, however, you may not last long throughout the whole duration of the movie due to extreme heat inside the theater. Luckily, artificially cooled air was first experienced by movie goers back in 1925, and has since become a priority selling point by cinemas. They would even hang up signs with “Refrigerated Air” written all over just to entice film aficionados (and even those who were looking to escape the harmful summer heat). At this point, the air conditioning unit may turn out to be the real summer blockbuster after all.
If you think owning the latest iPhone is the peak of humanity’s never-ending need to “flex” their social status with others, think again. Owning air conditioners became somewhat of a status symbol after World War II, with over 1 million units being sold in 1953.
Here’s a little technical fact, air conditioners do not just merely cool the surrounding air, they also take humidity out of the air, making the air cooler and convenient. A little bit of advice, don’t set your thermostat fan “on” at all times. You may set it instead to “auto”, so that it will blow air only when the cooling system is running.
Too cool for power.
During its early days, an air conditioner’s output settings were measured in “Ice Power.” Simply put, it tries to indicate how many blocks of ice it would take to produce the same amount of cooling power. The term Ice Power was then replaced by A/C Units.
Air conditioners also helps those with allergies, as they remove allergens (like dust) from your surrounding air. It would really help a lot, especially for those who aren’t keen on sneezing the whole day. Dust has a high tendency of accumulating overtime due to heat, hence, why cooling your surrounding air may assist in keeping them at bay.
Stay in the shade!
Unbeknownst to many, applying curtains and avoiding direct sunlight from entering your rooms would actually help your A/C units be more efficient with their function, as sunlight increases room temperature, which in turn would require your A/C unit to work harder in order to keep it cool. Lengthen your unit’s life and durability by simply hanging up curtains, it may also add color within your space.
If you think being stuck in a hot room is breathtakingly inconvenient, then you haven’t experienced commuting in a hot car during the summer. Fortunately, Packard Motor Car Co. developed a precursor to the modern car system in 1939, which enabled cars to cool their interiors in spite of the outside heat.
Amazing as these facts may seem, nothing beats reading about them within the cool, comfortable confines of your home. Sure, you may be vying your time until you can find that perfect air conditioning unit that would fit your need, but the fact that you have all the freedom and choice to treat yourself as early as now to a comfortable life worth living, we think that you shouldn’t waste a minute more. If you’re looking for a few suggestions, check out the following link: https://www.carrier.com.ph/ and https://www.facebook.com/CarrierPhilippines/.