Air Conditioning Facts and Figures


Humans have dealt with the extreme cold and heat of their environment for many thousands of years the best way they knew how. In colder climates, this consisted of keeping fires burning to heat rooms. But there wasn’t much that could be done about cooling a room other than having shade and maybe waiving a fan in their face. Now, with the advent of modern AC, humans are the most comfortable they have ever been. Here are some interesting stats when it comes to AC.

1. Ice blocks were the first real air conditioning systems. People would have an electric fan blow over a block of ice to cool a room before the invention of the modern air conditioning unit. The first modern functioning AC was invented in Pittsburgh in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier.

2. AC has contributed to the explosion in human population growth. Look at states like Florida for example. People would avoid living in hot, sticky climates before the modern AC. The population has grown by thousands of % in the last 100 years.

3. AC makes people live longer. Modern medicines require refrigeration – therefore AC has contributed to longer life. Furthermore, fewer people die of heat stroke.

Brad from HVAC in Lynchburg Va. said the following: “We cannot imagine a world where a person cannot control the temperature of their environment. Not being able to do so is unimaginable in the 21st century. Thanks goodness for the modern tech which allows us to live our best lives”


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