Anytime the weather gets too hot outside, it is easy to find relief. Just get yourself indoors where there is refreshingly cool air blowing courtesy of today’s modern air conditioner. MTP Plumbing LLC noted that it can be easy to take air conditioning for granted, but every so often little reminders that there was a time before air conditioning existed creep into everyone’s life. Think about he last time there was a power outage.
How did people get cool when temperatures soared before air conditioning was invented? How did anyone figure a way to invent the modern air conditioner? The answers to these questions are varied but in general, people always found a way to get cool.
Ancient Egypt and Rome
As far back as the ancient times, people found ways to cool off in hot climates. The Egyptians made use of reeds that they would fit into their windows. The reeds would then get soaked with water and, as a breeze blew through the window, the air would cool down inside. This also helped humidify the room which made the air inside a lot more comfortable.
The Romans did something similar with water only they outfitted buildings to accommodate water that was derived from their aqueducts. The water was made to circulate in the walls allowing indoor temperatures to get much cooler than the outside temperatures.
It was not until the 19th century that people begin finding ways to keep ice from melting so as to make use of it during hot spells. Before that, Benjamin Franklin had already been on the forefront of studies to find how evaporation was able to cool various objects. He used alcohol and ether to cool objects to the point of freezing on a warm day thereby creating the first elemental principle in the motion of modern AC.
The First Air Conditioner
The very first air conditioner was invented in 1902 by a man named Willis Carrier. He was a graduate of Cornell who got the job of helping a printing company solve its temperature control problems. The printing quality hinged on the room being a certain temperature and Carrier developed the very first working air conditioner.
It not only got the room cooler, it helped control humidity. The machine worked essentially by sending chilled water through coils in the unit. By 1928, another inventor came up with an ingredient known as Freon. This is the same chemical used in modern air conditioners which chill a room quickly and makes it as comfortable as it can be.