There’s a lot to know about air conditioners ; how they work, how to fix them, etc. But there’s also a lot of interesting facts and stories that go with their history. Here’s a few things you might not have known…
1. Two of the first full ventilation systems were installed in Cornell in 1899 and the New York Stock Exchange in 1903. Cornell needed a way to keep the cadavers cool within the dissecting rooms while the New York Stock Exchange wanted to keep their hundreds of stockbrokers from overheating.
2. One of the most trusted names in air conditioning is William Carrier. This brilliant man was so engulfed in creating his air conditioner that he left for a business trip with his packed suitcase. However, he later discovered that there was nothing in in the suitcase besides a lone handkerchief.
3. Did you know that the first United States president to have air conditioning in the oval office was Herbert Hoover? How much did he spend you might ask? A whopping $300,000 because it was purchased only a few months after the crash of 1929.
4. In-window air conditioners become widely popular in the 1940s, but were rather expensive. The average in-window air conditioner costed roughly $350. Doesn’t sound too bad, but that was 1940s money. Today, that would have costed you right around $3,500!
5. The first fully air conditioned home was owned by Charles Gates in 1913. He was an heir to a barbed wire fortune with a mansion in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, he never got to use it since he died on a hunting trip before the house could be finished.
There’s a lot to know about air conditioning and its extensive path paved through history. If your air conditioner ever malfunctions or needs to be serviced, contact the experts at SameDay Heating & Air. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (801) 726-3329.