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It’s trivia time!

While mining for HVACR facts, one could come across rare nuggets of interesting information. Here are a few of them. Apart from being enjoyable bits of trivia, they can spice up conversations or, better still, be deployed to stump a roomful of the fraternity…

Added: Jul 31, 2016 | By Pratibha Umashankar

Read it before it melts!

From a mixture of snow and honey emperors enjoyed in palaces to ice lollies sold at street corners, and from homemade concoctions to mass-produced slabs, ice cream has had a delectable journey, picking up many ingredients, textures and flavours on the way.

Added: Mar 13, 2016 | By Pratibha Umashankar

A birds’-eye view of frozen foods

History is simultaneous, and not linear, as historians would have us believe. In this tangled simultaneity of events, with claims and counter-claims of being the first one at the finishing line, here’s following one strand...

Added: Feb 17, 2016 | By Pratibha Umashankar

Cleopatra’s beauty secret – evaporative cooling?

So the Romans had hypocausts and frigidariums and the Koreans had ondols. And the Indus Valley Civilisation may have predated them all when it came making indoor air behave itself. But wait, the Egyptians were pretty cool too!

Added: Feb 5, 2015 | By Pratibha Umashankar

Romanus bathus anyone?

How do you fancy your pool – hot, tepid or cold? The Romans plunged into all three and created the concept of saunas, chilled piped water and refrigerators.

Added: Jan 8, 2015 | By Pratibha Umashankar

HVAC – the Romans knew it!

Wall and floor panels to create radiant heating? They’re as old as the hills ... of Rome

Added: Dec 8, 2014 | By Pratibha Umashankar