The dog days of Summer are officially here! A common necessity in today’s society, without air conditioning we’d be drenched in sweat. While the thought of air conditioning facts can make many people yawn, air conditioning has come a long way offering a rich history. Here are 6 interesting, lesser-known, air conditioning tidbits.
- Did you know air conditioners helped establish the name, “Summer Blockbuster”? Movie theaters were one of the first businesses to have AC available for their customers and would wait to release their biggest movies of the year until the hot summer months rolled around.
- Before Willis Carrier invented the modern HVAC system we use today, Dr. John Gorrie tested artificial cooling methods by using a machine that created ice through a compressor that could then be powered by a horse, water or wind-driven or steam sails. This revolutionary design was patented in 1851 and serves as the catalyst to today’s systems.
- One of the first commercial uses for air conditioning was in the Missouri State Building at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Organizers used mechanical refrigeration to help keep the 1,000-seat auditorium, rotunda, and various other rooms within the Missouri State Building comfortable for event-goers.
- As the demand for home cooling increased, the size of air conditioning units became more compact to better accommodate a household setting. The first window AC units, patented by H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman, hit the market in 1932, but were not highly adopted due to their large price-tag. It wasn’t until 1947 when engineer, Henry Galson, developed an even smaller unit and setup mass production helping to reduce costs.
- In 1913, Charles “Spend-a-Million” Gates built the first house with air conditioning located in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, the barbed-wire heir didn’t get to enjoy his new, comfortable home passing away suddenly while away on a hunting trip.
- The first president to escape the sweltering heat of Summer in The White House while serving our nation was Herbert Hoover. President Hoover outfitted The White House with a $30,000 air conditioning system just shy of the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and before The Great Depression.
A simple commodity now-a-days, a look back at these major milestones helps to realize how far this technology has come. There are many HVAC companies in the area to choose from, but only one that has been around since 1892. Contact our team today for reputable service.