Did you know that modern air conditioning emerged from advances in chemistry during the 19th century? Scientists invented and used the first large-scale electrical air conditioning in 1902 by U.S. inventor Willis Carrier. This innovation has helped keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter for years! Here are seven more interesting facts about heating and cooling systems.
1) Air conditioning systems helped coin the term “Summer Blockbuster.” One of the first businesses to use air conditioning technology back in the early part of the twentieth century were movie theaters. In the 1930s, patrons flocked to theaters to enjoy the films–-but got the added benefit of cool air during summer months. Marketers took advantage of this trend and saved their big hits for summer releases. Thus, the term “Summer Blockbuster” became a part of our vocabulary and going to the movies has never been cooler.
2) The first fully air-conditioned home was built in Minneapolis in 1913 by Charles Gilbert Gates. The mansion took up three city lots, had gold plumbing and a full ballroom. Unfortunately, Mr. Gates died before his home was completed and he never enjoyed the cool air.
3) Air conditioning saves lives. American researchers found that the chance of dying on extremely hot summer days has fallen more than 80 percent over the last 50 years. The research team correlated this to the rise in air conditioning.
4) Air conditioning in the U.S. uses the same amount of energy as it takes to power the whole continent of Africa, and that’s just air conditioning alone! With such high-energy use, it’s no wonder why HVAC technicians are in such high demand!
5) There are approximately 300,000 miles or more of natural gas pipelines in the U.S. If you were to weld every single one of them together, the new pipeline could reach the distance of the moon and beyond.
6) Air conditioners do more than just cool the air. They also take humidity out of the air, making the air more comfortable. Don’t set your thermostat fan to the “on” position all day. Rather, choose the “auto” position, where it will blow air only when the cooling system is running. When you leave the fan blowing air all the time, moisture will be blown back into the house and affect your humidity levels.
7) Children were given summer vacation from school because of the lack of air conditioning, but even when air conditioning came about, schools kept this going. Businesses also used to shut down for two months.
We know that heating and cooling facts may not be the most interesting, but one thing we know is how important your HVAC systems are to your families. If you are in need of repairs or even just a tune up, please let us know and we will do all we can to assist!