What’s an “air-conditioner”?

What does the term mean?

Wikipedia states “Air conditioning (often referred to as A/C or AC) is the process Air_conditioning_unitof altering the properties of air (primarily temperature and humidity) to more comfortable conditions, typically with the aim of distributing the conditioned air to an occupied space such as a building or a vehicle to improve thermal comfort and indoor air quality. In common use, an air conditioner is a device that lowers the air temperature. The cooling is typically achieved through a refrigeration cycle, but sometimes evaporation or free cooling is used. Air conditioning systems can also be made based on desiccants.  In the most general sense, air conditioning can refer to any form of technology that modifies the condition of air (heating, cooling, (de-)humidification, cleaning, ventilation, or air movement). However, in construction, such a complete system of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is referred to as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC -as opposed to AC).

Where is it from?

The air-conditioner was designed and made in 1902 in New York by a man named Willis Carrier. He made it as he worked in a printing plant and wanted to control the humidity. By 1914 it was installed in the first home and the rest, “is history”. Then in 1948 Robert C Webber created the first heat pump.  The difference?  An air conditioner only cools the air while a heat pump can cool or heat.

Heatpumps in New Zealand

Today heat pumps are very popular in New Zealand with about half of homes already having one installed.  Heat pumps are the most energy efficient, cost effective and healthy way to heat and cool your home.  With our summers being so hot and our winters being so cold, having a heat pump installed just makes sense.  In winter the home is kept warm and dry and in the summer it is kept cool.

We at kiwiheatpump know our country and our heat pumps. We can advise you on the best system for your needs and install it for you.  Winter has just hit and it has hit hard and cold so call today and you can have a warm, dry, healthy home in no time.