HVAC&R Fun Facts

November 14, 2023

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Here are some fun facts for our HVAC, Refrigeration & Manufacturing sensei’s out there.

From ancient Egypt to summer blockbuster movies – we know how to stay cool and beat the heat.

Share these informative life-changing anecdotes with your workmates and be the master of all knowledge!

Ancient Ingenuity

The concept of air conditioning dates back to ancient Egypt. Egyptians used to hang wet reeds in windows, and the evaporating water would cool the incoming breeze.

Presidential Comfort

The first residential air conditioner was installed in the White House during the presidency of Herbert Hoover in 1930.

The Cost of Cool

Before the widespread adoption of air conditioning, industries would often slow down or even halt during the hottest summer months. With the advent of air conditioning, productivity in many sectors increased significantly.

Summer Films

Movie theatres were among the first public places to offer air conditioning, making them a popular refuge from the summer heat. This led to the tradition of summer blockbuster movies.

Refrigeration’s Sweet History

The first patent for a refrigeration system was granted in 1851 to Dr. John Gorrie. He wanted to use it to cool the rooms of his patients in a hospital in Florida and also believed cooled air could help reduce diseases like malaria.

Changing Architectural Designs

Before the invention of the air conditioner, homes were designed with high ceilings, breezeways, and large front porches to keep the interiors cool. The design of buildings changed dramatically with the widespread use of air conditioning.

Fueling the Economy

Air conditioning played a significant role in the economic development of the American South. Before its invention, the intense heat and humidity limited industrial development in the region.

Size Matters

The first air conditioners were massive! The earliest models were so large that they took up an entire room. Over time, technology advancements have made them more compact and efficient.

Well, there you have it. Tidbits to share with your colleagues at the water cooler or your upcoming office Christmas party.

If you want to ramp up the fun factor, you may also like to read Ridiculous Recruitment Stories of 2023.

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