Air conditioning is a feature that many families take for granted in their Lady Lake, Florida, homes. However, cooling hasn’t always been so readily available. Consider these fun facts about the evolution of air conditioning.
The Invention of Air Conditioning
Air conditioning was first invented in 1902 by William Carrier, but he wasn’t concerned with personal comfort. He invented an air cooling system to control humidity and help the ink dry in a printing company. He was reportedly so consumed with working on his invention that he once went on a business trip with nothing but a handkerchief in his suitcase. The term air conditioning wasn’t used until 1906 when Stuart Cramer coined the name.
Keeping Theaters Cool
The first public air conditioners were used in movie theaters. These made the theaters especially appealing to patrons who only had sweltering temperatures to contend with at home. The cool, dark spaces brought in hoards of customers. Theaters capitalized on this by running advertisements featuring illustrated icicles dripping from the letters.
Changing the Shape of the Country
Air conditioning helped change the way that America grew and ran. Schools have traditionally closed over the summer to release students and teachers from the hot, stuffy environment that existed before air conditioning was widely available. The government used to close over the summer for the same reason. Both can operate year-round now, thanks to readily available cooling.
Development in warmer states grew more rapidly once air conditioning was readily available. States like Texas, Arizona, Florida, and Nevada become more appealing once there was a way to keep homes and businesses cool.
Air conditioning is one of the essential features that keep your Florida home comfortable and functional throughout the year. Make sure you always have a reliable supply of cool air by investing in annual maintenance for your air conditioner. Schedule your maintenance with DeSantis Appliance & AC Service Inc now if you haven’t had a tune-up in the last 12 months. Give us a call at (352) 414-2328.
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