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Some welding is required to join extra lengths of copper tubing running to/from the compressor. The smaller line that he's working on takes cold compressed coolant from the compressor to the blower where it runs through a series of passages much like the radiator in a car. The fan blows hot moist air from the room across these cold coils and into the room. As it does so, the hot moist air hitting the cooling coils condenses and that water is then directed through a hose away from the building. Hot air from the room also heats the cold refrigerant in the coils causing it to expand into a gas. As the liquid expands into gas some of the heat is lost, helping the cooling process.

Left to right: Shamir (the main electrician), Nimai Prabhu (his assistant) and the two A/C installers (Jack and Hussein). The compressor unit (seen above them) uses a pump to pull heated, expanded refrigerant past another set of coils with a fan blowing across them to help distribute the collected heat into the outside air. As the gas cools it is compressed again into a liquid and the cool liquid runs back to the blower to continue the cooling cycle.

Here's the blower now. Hanging on the beam above the bookcase at the east end of the room it is so quiet and unobtrusive that Sriman Mahananda remarked it was "conspicuous by its absence."

His Divine Grace Srila Govinda Maharaj sits with the new A/C remote (the white one) close at hand. He was happy with this new facility for the service of the devotees. With everything working very nicely Sripad Goswami Maharaj, referring to the refreshingly cool environment, said "It's like Kailas" [Lord Shiva's mountain home].

Srila Govinda Maharaj sees the new compressor unit sitting above Sripad Mangal Maharaj's window.

Special Note: This undertaking was made possible by the service of many devotees who were very happy to lend their help. Service donations for this project were offered by Sriman Paramananda Prabhu of Bangkok and the members of the New Jersey Math including Srimati Lila Sundari devi, Sriman Gokulananda Prabhu and Srimati Rita Stokes. Mr. Agarwal the proprietor of the shop that sold us the equipment also offered a Rs. 2,000 donation which was presented to Srila Govinda Maharaj. Srimati Bhakti Lalita devi helped to arrange some of the donations as did Srimati Malati Priya devi. Sriman Ranajit Prabhu was indispensable as our English/Bengali translator and work coordinator. Sripad Mangal Maharaj was crucial in assisting with many of the tasks at hand, and Sripad Bhakti Prapanna Tirtha Maharaj is always happy to offer his expertise and help with all critical matters that inevitably arise with any job here.

—Swami B.K. Giri

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Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Nabadwip

Sree Chaitanya Saraswata Krishnanushilana Sangha, Kolkata