Most of us take air conditioning for granted. You know, those pieces of equipment that work hard to keep us comfortable on the hottest summer days. Ever wonder how it all started? We can tell you for sure that they didn’t have energy efficient central air conditioning systems back in the day, so how did they keep cool?
It all started way back in 1758 when Benjamin Franklin and John Hadley discovered that evaporation of alcohol and other liquids can cool down enough to freeze water. It took some time before inventor Michael Faraday made the same discovery in England in 1820 and then Dr. John Gorrie built and ice-making machine in the Florida hospital where he worked in the 1830s. He used compression to make buckets of ice and blew air over the buckets to keep his hospital and his patients cool.
In 1902, Willis Carrier invents the “modern” Apparatus for Treating Air, which was a machine that blew air over cold coils to control room temperature and humidity. Pretty amazing for the turn of the century if you ask us! The Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America came to fruition soon after.
The first residential air conditioner made its way into the mansion of Charles Gates in Minneapolis in 1914, standing 7 feet tall, 6 feet wide and 20 feet long. Imagine that in your home today.
Residential air conditioning became more and more prevalent post-World War II and central air conditioning became popular in the ‘70s. With improvements to Freon in the mid 1990s, we moved closer and closer to the air conditioning systems we have in our homes today. Pretty cool, right?
Here at Aspen Air Conditioning, we’ve been keeping homes in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and the surrounding areas cool for decades so if you need air conditioning service, repairs or installation give us a call today at 561-395-1500.