There was a time when air conditioning and central furnaces were a luxury not many could afford. At one point in time, air conditioning didn’t even exist, and fireplaces were the only way to heat homes. The HVAC industry has come a long way in efficiency and pricing.
Here are a few HVAC facts to satisfy your curiosity:
- The first commercial air conditioner was built in 1902 by Willis Carrier. He came up with the idea when he worked for a publishing company where the heat was causing the paper to wrinkle and the ink to run.
- The first fully air-conditioned home was the Charles Gates Mansion, built in Minneapolis in 1913 by Charles Gilbert Gates.
- Herbert Hoover was the first President to enjoy air conditioning in the White House. He installed an A/C system in the oval office for $30,000.
- The Romans were the first culture to have furnace systems. Hot air would be circulated through pipes and warm the walls and floors from a furnace below the main level of their home. The system was called a hypocaust.
- Natural gas was originally used for outdoor and indoor lighting—not heat.
- The first car with air conditioning was built in 1939 by the Packard Motor Company. The system took up half the trunk space, and the price was more than most people could afford. Consequently, it wasn’t received well on the market. Packard discontinued A/C in their vehicles after 1941.
- Your home could be 30% more energy efficient if you add insulation and caulking around your doors and windows.
- Scientific studies show that our tolerance for heat has lessened because of air conditioning.
- One of the first buildings to use A/C was the New York Stock Exchange Building in 1903.
The next time your A/C stops working, consider how far technology has come since the first commercial air conditioner. Then, call Heating and Cooling Two. We can install and repair your air conditioner or update your HVAC system so you can stay warm in the winter months without having to stoke a fire.