Who Invented Air Conditioning?
harks back as far as the 2nd century in China, where an inventor there called Ding Huang created a manually powered rotary fan. The idea of air cooling also interested the great Benjamin Franklin, who
in1758 performed experiments with evaporation and alcohol in order to achieve freezing temperatures.
The first modern air conditioner was invented by Willia Haviland Carrier in 1902, he was a skilled engineer that started to experiment with humidity control in order to solve a problem in a printing plant in Brooklyn, NY. Using some of the ideas of mechanical refrigeration that were established earlier, Carrier’s system pushed air through coils that were filled with cold water, this cooled the air and removed humidity from a space. In 1933, the Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America then created an air conditioner that was a belt-driven condensing unit, which included mechanical controls, blower, and an evaporator coil.
Today’s air conditioners, still operate using the same fundamental science as Carrier’s 1933 model, however, most of the components have been updated thanks to the advancements in technology. Carrier’s new central air conditioner, the Infinity, is poles apart from its founder’s early models and has advanced components such as a 2 stage scroll compressor that makes it quieter and more energy-efficient.
Today, almost 80% of American households come with air conditioners, which are mostly central systems, this is according to the Energy Information Administration.
has gone from a luxury to a necessity
and has contributed in numerous ways to the quality of life in the USA and the industrialized world. In addition to the advantages they provide, air conditioners have now altered some architectural designs, which allow windowless office buildings and buildings to have them installed.
We at Estrada's Heat & Air Conditioning hope you have enjoyed learning more about the history of air conditioners. However, like most things they do need repair and maintenance, so if you live in the Los Angeles, CA area and need help, please call us today at (323) 208-8003.