Cars were first offered air conditioner kits in 1933. Packard became the first company in 1939 to release cars with built in air-conditioning. Back then, the cars did not come with a thermostat and the air-conditioning was not as easy to manage. However, many other companies liked the idea and worked on it to make it better.
Since then technology has advanced for both car air conditioner kits and automobiles. By 1969 over half of new cars being sold were equipped with built in A/C. The Air conditioning unit has a compressor, condenser, and evaporator that cools down the air from outside, removes humidity, and then distributes the cool air throughout the vehicle. The compressor is a pump controlled by a belt attached to the crankshaft that causes the compressor to pump gas into the condenser. The condenser cools the air down until it forms a liquid. Then the accumulator helps makes sure no liquid makes it through to the compressor. The evaporator, unlike any of the parts in the HVAC system, is located in the cabin of the vehicle instead of in the engine. The evaporator’s job is to absorb the heat.
When all parts are working well and functioning properly, the car’s air conditioning kit will be capable of cooling the interior of a modern day car very quickly.
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