The Way Air Conditioning Shaped America

Dealing with the current heat wave without air conditioning would be a miserable experience. The world wouldn’t have a choice of cold air in their homes if it wasn’t for Willis Carrier and his invention, even though cooling homes wasn’t his original intention.

The first air conditioner Willis Carrier produced was created to keep moist air in a printing plant from wrinkling magazines. These days, air conditioners are considered a necessity in many countries experiencing record-breaking average temperatures.

For the first 20 years, air conditioning, was used almost entirely in an industrial capacity. Then, most people got their first taste of air conditioning in movie theaters, which helped generate the idea of the summer blockbuster with the theaters finally able to stay open year-round.

With air conditioners now available to the general public, architecture began to change for commercial buildings and residential homes as well. Less windows were needed for cross-breeze and because of this, office buildings didn’t need to be built in an L, T, or H-shape.

Homes could be built without low roofs, large windows could be sealed, and porches were no longer as necessary. They no longer had to think about strategically placing windows or building verandas for shade. Suburbs were created with cookie cutter houses, each with an air conditioner inside.

Air conditioning not only helped people to cool off while at the office, movies, grocery store and home, it helped shape modern America. Now, almost 90 percent of U.S. homes have air conditioning of some kind. For those who don’t get to experience the relief that air conditioning brings, talk to the experts at Diamond Heating and Cooling. They can install a high quality air conditioner and cooling system to help beat the summer heat now and for many summers to come.


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