As you might expect, an AC refrigerant gas aids in the cooling function of not just your air conditioner, but also a refrigerator, freezer, or any other cooling-related device.
To understand the operation of an AC refrigerant, first understand how an air conditioner works. An air conditioner absorbs heat in the room and expels it to the outside environment by utilizing refrigerant, which is contained within copper coils in the evaporator and condenser. The refrigerant is converted from a low-pressure gas to a high-pressure liquid during this procedure.
This is the most straightforward explanation for the refrigeration cycle. The high-pressure liquid is then blown over by a fan to evacuate the heat into the surrounding environment. To begin the next cycle, this liquid compresses more and then rapidly ejects into a specific nozzle, converting it back into a gas. This cold gas is then blown over by another fan, allowing cold air to enter the room, and the cycle continues.
The Evolution of AC Refrigerants
Thomas Midgley, Albert Henne, and Robert McNary collaborated on the first attempt at an AC refrigerant in 1928. They developed these chemicals while working at General Motors’ air conditioning division. General Motors aimed to create a non-toxic, non-flammable alternative to existing refrigerants available at the time, such as sulfur dioxide or ammonia. Their refrigerants were of the chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) class, and were marketed under the brand name Freon.
As the world’s attention was drawn to the growing rates of global warming and other environmental problems in the late 1980s, CFCs and HCFCs came under increased investigation. They were harmful to the Ozone layer and were prohibited as a result of their devastation.
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