Ah simpler times; we’ve all caught ourselves reminiscing. Technological advances have made our lives complex; however, certain innovations, like air conditioning, have created convenience.
We don’t often think about the evolution of air conditioning, but this invention has enhanced our lives tremendously. Let’s take a look at how far we’ve come…
Back in the Day
Let’s think back on those 90-degree days, without AC. Maybe you made yourself a paper fan or spent every waking moment of the summer by the pool. We all got by in various ways, including our ancestors. For instance:
- Egyptians would soak reeds and hang them on their windows in order to filter cool air. At the time, they were not aware that they may have been the first to come up with the idea of evaporative cooling!
- Romans built intricate water systems within their walls that would allow water to circulate through their homes in order to offer a cooling quality.
- Persians constructed large fans- not quite as sturdy as industrial fans, but a start!
On the Precipice
Although the ancient world may have laid the foundation for the invention of AC, it wasn’t until the 1840’s, when Florida native, physician and inventor Dr. John Gorrie, explored the possibility of cooling for his patients. Wrought with issues of discomfort and disease in his workplace, Gorrie began considering the idea of cool spaces for his patients to recover comfortably. Dr. Gorrie started tinkering with artificial cooling by designing a system that created ice in order to cool air. Sadly, his invention didn’t take off, but it brought Willis Carrier, Buffalo Forge Company engineer, to a startling revelation in 1902.
July 17th, 1902: The Invention of AC
Tasked with the difficult duty of cooling a publishing companies printing room, Willis Carrier set out to manufacture the “Apparatus for Treating Air.” Invented on a hot summers day in July, this mechanism marked the start of an exciting era: a way to control humidity and aid in the success of countless industries. It took over 20 years for Carriers cooling unit to be produced on a smaller scale for residential cooling; it wasn’t until 1931 that the first room AC unit was created and priced at over $400 dollars! The expense deterred American’s from procuring such systems, however, about 40 years later prices dropped significantly and became popular amongst the masses.
The Future of AC
Fortunately, AC units have become progressively reliable and affordable over time, with the U.S. using more air conditioning than all other nations combined! Our cooling solutions have become more efficient, and research suggests better energy-saving technology is on its way!
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