How We Handled Summer Before Air Conditioning

Intense heat is experienced in two flavors, that is, humid and dry. Dealing with this condition was not only about the human but also the entire ecosystem.

Homes were built in a way that it was easier to be in them while it was very hot. The windows were fixed in a way that they would catch the breeze, and their ceilings were taller than in the modern buildings. People would throw water on the terrace of the roof in the evening when the sun goes down. It evaporated at a higher rate making the rooms bearable. They would then sleep on the roof terrace on mats. Shutters were put outside the houses to avoid direct sun. This is still seen in the warm region of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Alternatives or Alternatives, Thats the question.

Alternatives or Alternatives, Thats the question,   Or as William Shakespeare would say it , to be or not to be.  I like his the best.  In the great hunt for the perfect refrigerant, The one that is CHEAP, easy to work with and does no harm to the environment,  The Hvac field has undergone radical changes,  When I started in the field in the stone ages ,there were only four refrigerant,  R502, R11, R-22 and Good old R-12 which we all used in our cars,  R-22 which is still around was used for comfort cooling and R-11 and R-502 was industrial and refrigeration. Today there are 12 or more types,  The Primary gases are 134a used for small appliances and Automobiles, 410A used for homes and light commercial, 404a which is used for refrigeration and a multitude of replacements for 22 such as R099 and 422D and so on and so on, hew It makes my brain hurt.

Much of the old refrigerants were cheap and easy to work with and very safe but unfortunately they were not so nice to the ozone layer, this lead us to the new refrigerants which did not have the negative ozone depletions effect as the old refrigerants did.

Well remember when I said that the new alternative refrigerants had no effect on environment,  Nether did I, I just said the Alternative refrigerants don’t hurt the Ozone layer, See it comes out that the new refrigerants contribute to the global warming dilemma so Guess what? looks as though were in another round of Phase out and replacements refrigerant Alternatives.  To stay ahead of the Curve, we have already sent two of our techs to Propane training,  yes Propane.  True manufacturing is using Propane as a refrigerant,  There is no really sound alternatives on the horizon that is going to be an Alternative for the Alternatives so some manufactures are using or going to be using Propane. Oh yes, the same gas that we use to cook our burgers and Hot dogs on the outdoor will someday be in your new refrigerator.  They wont call it Propane, Its called R-290.  Doesn’t sound as flammable as propane does it.

Whats the scary thing about this is, Its in the hands of Congress and the EPA.  This has politics written all over it regardless were you sit on the political Isle,  Someone is going to make a lot of money while Somebody is going to have the headache.  I for one is going to buy stock in Bayer Aspirin.

Ill keep you updated as the news comes in

 

Things to Consider When Looking at a Portable AC

Too much heat can make a home or an office unfavorable to stay in not to mention the adverse health effects. But, by using a portable AC, you can cool and dehumidify the space. Unlike conventional air conditioners, the portable designs can be more energy efficient, they also have various features but are simple to operate, easy to install and maintain.

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Winter Safety Measures When Relighting Your Gas Fireplace

Winter weather is coming and and it may not be a heart-warming experience for you. However, who said it couldn’t be as good as any other season? Having a fireplace in your home is nice for those periodic cold nights. Nonetheless, you should not be carried away and forget all about the safety precautions you ought to undertake especially if you are using a gas fireplace. Relighting these flames could present a challenge that would lead to a catastrophe in your humble abode. No one wants that for his or her home, and hence, having these measures at your fingertips will ensure you rekindle your gas fireplace following the laid down procedures as depicted below.

Chimney Inspection

Just because there’s no soot like in a wood burning fireplace doesn’t mean your chimney is clean. The chimney for your gas fireplace should be properly ventilated and thoroughly cleaned in order to keep the air in your home clean and healthy. If your chimney has not been in use for quite a long time, debris and other clogging matter are bound to accumulate. Therefore, it is highly recommended to clear any blockages before you start your gas fire. This works to eliminate any corrosive substances that could be gorged in the chimney and which is hard to notice by sight and if burned could pose health risks.

Which Logs Are You Using?

Certain gas logs could corrupt your fireplace. Therefore, it is prudent to know the logs you are making use of to heat up your home. For instance, yellow flame logs are known for their realistic look. Just as the natural wood, they produce both carbon and soot. Their heat capacity could be likened to that of standard wood.

The blue logs produce more heat compared to the yellow ones and require no vents. Despite the fact that they burn cleaner and hotter, homeowners are advised to take precautions because they still produce by-products that could react with other chemicals already in your chimney. Hence, it is recommended to check it before lighting your first winter fire thoroughly.

Keep Close Watch For Carbon Monoxide

Burning gas or kerosene is bound to release carbon monoxide into the air. So, as a homeowner utilizing a gas fire, you need to find ways to deal with this challenge? Well, the carbon monoxide emanating from the burning logs is both colorless and odorless. Therefore, pinpointing its levels in your home requires a detector, which could be part of your home’s HVAC system. Erecting one inside your living room or your fireplace and others outside bedrooms is vital for the sake of detecting heightened levels of carbon monoxide. For that first winter fire, testing these detectors before starting it comes in handy to check whether they are functioning optimally.

Now we should be ready to light up the fireplace!  Locate your emergency shut-off valve and pilot knob and turn them on. A rush of gas will flow, and once the igniter button is hit, then your first winter fire will be lit. You can begin to enjoy the heat and condemn the gnawing winter cold.  If you are having any questions about your gas fireplace please give Torocco’s Cooling & Heating a call.

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Eight Air Conditioning Tips That Will Save You Money

Is your home’s energy bill soaring over the last several months? Well, its time you reduce the bill by playing some common tricks on your AC. Fortunately, the outside heat does not have to hit your wallet. Below are some ways you could save money on your home’s air conditioning.

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Smart AC: Learn About AC Types to Choose the Best One for You

It is hard to imagine there was a time when air conditioning didn’t exist, but it is true. Homes were designed in a way that allowed them to catch a breeze, and people used fireplaces to stay warm. The air conditioning device came around and made everything a little easier, and it even made it possible to live in regions with extreme weather conditions. There is no doubt that an AC is vital and so is knowing how to find the right device for your needs. The following are a few tips that will help you do just that.

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Re-inventing Air Conditioning with Cooling Panels

Air conditioning cannot be made any better in the present day without the use of a square silver panel set. How does it work? Well, Eli Goldstein, The Co-founder of SkyCool Systems knows it all. The instrument is made up of a well-straightened aluminum foil that is expertly joined to a metal frame that pivots the tubes, pipes, and thermometers in place with a core purpose of maintaining the desired temperature.

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The World of Solid-State Refrigeration

Solid State Refrigeration

Thermoelectric cooling is a concept that’s on the rise these days. If you’ve ever heard the term “solid-state refrigerator,” then you may be familiar with the innovative and fascinating concept. Have you ever pictured an electric cooler that’s so small that you can actually keep it in your desk or in in your jacket pocket? If you have, then you may have pictured the idea of a solid-state fridge. Have you ever thought about an electric cooler that’s so convenient that you can actually keep it on your person? If so, ditto. Engineers have massive plans for solid-state refrigerators in the works. They’ve actually even made one already, impressively enough. They’ve created a device that blends together elements of functionality, strong performance and energy-efficiency.

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How Thermoelectric Wine Coolers Work

Thermoelectric

If you love wine, drink wine regularly and/or maintain a collection of wines, eventually you’ll need a safe place to store those precious bottles. A wine cellar is the traditional storage place for wine, but what if you don’t have a cellar? Or the money or space to build a wine cellar? Consider investing in a new take on an old technology: a wine cooler powered by thermoelectric cooling.

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Is Air Conditioning a Fundamental Right of Prisoners?

From time to time, investigative news reports surface describing the sordid details of life behind bars. The stories talk about the poor quality of the food, the antiquated jail cells, and the substandard living conditions most criminal offenders face. Something most people don’t think about, however, is climate control. That is, how are prisons heated during the winter, and are jail cells air conditioned in the summer?

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