The History of the Air Conditioner

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Air conditioning is an invention many people take for granted, but one that is very important in both homes and businesses. A product that began as a luxury has become commonplace around the world.

Ancient Uses

  • Keeping buildings cool is not a new idea. Several Roman houses used aquaduct systems in the walls to circulate cold water. The Chinese used water sprays and fans as early cooling systems.

Air Conditioning Begins

  • True air conditioning got a jumpstart in 1902, when Willis Haviland Carrier invented the first AC unit to cool a printing company.

The Invention Spreads

  • Air conditioning spread fast and was installed at the White House in 1930. Packard Car Company offered air conditioning in one of their models in 1939.

Major Milestone

  • In 1953, the technology hit a major milestone--the sale of the millionth AC unit.

Going Green

  • Air conditioning began going green in 1987 when the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act passed. This set energy efficiency standards for AC units to save power resources.

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