Get Schooled in AC History

GET SCHOOLED IN AC HISTORY

1758

Benjamin Franklin and Cambridge’s John Hadley Discover that the evaporation of volatile liquids can reduce an object’s temperature below the freezing point of water.

1830

John Gorrie creates ice by compressing and then rapidly expanding air. He then forced air over the ice to cool a room.

1902

Willis Havilland Carrier “the father of air conditioning” creates a machine to control temperature and humidity for a printing company, preventing misalignment of four-color printing.

1914

Charles Gilbert Gates becomes the first person to air-condition his own home. Fascinating Fact: Early AC machines produced high levels of toxic ammonia.

1931

H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman unveil a smaller, compact air conditioner known today as a window unit.

1939

Charles Gilbert Gates becomes the first person to air-condition his own home. Fascinating Fact: Early AC machines produced high levels of toxic ammonia.

1939

Central Air HVAC units break onto the scene. These units use Freon, developed by DuPont to cool the air. More environmentally safe chemicals later replaced Freon, which was found to be destructive to the ozone layer.