It’s common knowledge that life today is made significantly more comfortable by the presence of the air conditioning system in one’s home. For over 20 years, Allied Services, Inc. has been providing unmatched service in helping their customers maintain and service their AC units. What might not be common knowledge, however, are these five fun facts about the history of AC systems.  

The History of AC Systems

1. Output settings were not always measured in AC units.

When air conditioning systems were invented and introduced, the output settings were measured in “Ice Power” – in other words, how many blocks of ice it would take to produce the same amount of cooling power. Now we call them “AC units”.

2. The first air conditioner was not invented for comfort.

Willis Carrier invented a modern air conditioner in 1902 for a publishing company in New York that was experiencing problems with ink control and paper expansion and contraction, due to varying humidity levels. Little did he know that the applications of his invention would far outstretch the world of publishing! 

3. Home air conditioning was possible sooner than you might think.

The first fully air conditioned home was a mansion in Minneapolis in built in 1913 by Charles Gates. Sadly, he died before he could experience it.

4. Air conditioning systems helped coin the term “Summer Blockbuster”.

One of the first businesses to utilize air conditioning technology back in the early part of the twentieth century were movie theaters. In the 1930’s, patrons flocked to theaters to enjoy the films – but also to enjoy the cool air during summer months. Marketers took advantage of this trend and saved their big hits for summertime releases. Thus, the term “Summer Blockbuster” became a part of our vocabulary. 

5. Air conditioners do more than just cool the air.

Air conditioners 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 all the time, moisture will be blown back into the house and affect the humidity levels.

While the history of HVAC was one of trial and error and countless surprises, the last thing YOU want with your HVAC service and maintenance is surprises. If you are considering updating your system with “greener” technology that can save you energy and money, call Allied Services, Inc. at (937) 269-5059 and let them save you big bucks today!