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The Evolution of AC

Posted on August 11, 2017

It’s great to be able to take advantage of things in todays modern era, but it’s important to recognize the journey of how things came to be the way they are in the first place.

Take air conditioning for instance; a great way to effectively regulate home comfort and cool the home. Over time it has evolved into the great systems that are available today.

“Until the 20th century, only the wealthy or dying might have witnessed someone trying to cool the air indoors—even though building a fire to keep warm in the winter would have been perfectly reasonable. Extreme heat was seen as a force that humans shouldn’t tamper with, and the idea that a machine could control the weather was deemed sinful.

Despite the shadow of immorality, breakthroughs in air-conditioning developed out of desperation. Doctors scrambling to heal the sick took particular interest. In 1851, a Florida doctor named John Gorrie received a patent for the first ice machine. According to Salvatore Basile, the author of Cool: How Air-Conditioning Changed Everything, Gorrie hadn’t initially sought to invent such an apparatus. He’d been trying to alleviate high fevers in malaria patients with cooled air. To this end, he designed an engine that could pull in air, compress it, then run it through pipes, allowing the air to cool as it expanded.

Outside of his office though, people saw no practical need for this achievement. It wasn’t until the pipes on Gorrie’s machine unexpectedly froze and began to develop ice that he found a new opportunity.” (Shane Cashman, theatlantic.com)

Home comfort has come a long way, and will continue to make strides as time progresses and we’re happy to be able to help people throughout the journey. Read more about our air conditioning products and learn about how you can save with our current promotions.