Air conditioners seem like fairly straightforward systems—they make hot air cool and keep you comfortable in summer. What else is there to know? A lot, actually. Our experienced pros like sharing fun facts from the history of air conditioners. Here are our Bryant® technicians’ top four picks:
- Air conditioners save lives. It’s true! Over the last five decades, researchers have found that the number of deaths related to extreme heat in summer has dropped over 80 percent. They attributed their findings to the invention and popular use of air conditioning systems. Because heat can be so dangerous, most cities designate certain buildings as cooling centers when heat indexes are high, so those without air conditioning can stay safe and comfortable. You can find Hennepin County’s extreme heat preparedness plan here.
- It’s really not the heat, it’s the humidity. Moisture in the air can cause temperatures to feel a lot warmer than they actually are. In addition to cooling your home, air conditioners also work to remove humidity. This happens when the evaporator coil in your A/C condenses air to remove moisture before it circulates through your home.
- All hail the summer break. Before air conditioning was a common feature, buildings would become unbearably hot in summer. Schools and even government buildings would go on a two-month hiatus to avoid the dangerous temps, hence the summer vacation.
- Cooling down the White House. The first U.S. President to enjoy the luxury of air conditioning in the Oval Office was Herbert Hoover, our 31st president. To beat the unbearable heat, he installed the $30,000 cooling system right after the Stock Market Crash in 1929 and the start of the Great Depression.
BONUS FACT: The very first fully air-conditioned home was the Charles Gate Mansion that once stood here in Minneapolis. It was constructed in 1913, but unfortunately was demolished in 1933 after the original owner passed away and no new tenants stepped forward.
Have questions about your A/C? Reach out to our experts—from fun facts to service details, we know it all.