Back in 1902, Willis Haviland Carrier created the first modern air conditioning system. It was first used in a printing business in Brooklyn. Over 30 years later, Carrier predicted the future by stating, “the average businessman will rise, pleasantly refreshed, having slept in an air-conditioned room, he will travel in an air-conditioned train, and toil in an air-conditioned office, the only time he will know anything about heat waves or arctic blasts will be when he exposes himself to the natural discomforts or out-of-doors.”
Many people consider Carrier the father of air conditioning, though his system was certainly not the first. Check out what people thought of air conditioning back in its early days.
“Some crank in Florida”
During the 1840s, a cooling system was used in Florida to treat victims of yellow fever. Ice was hung on the ceiling to cool the room down. After a few years of tinkering with the mechanism, Dr. Gorrie made a machine that could make ice and cool air. People would call Dr. Gorrie “some crank in Florida that thinks he can make ice by machine.”
“Struck with wonder”
By the early 20th century, the world was excited for the new system that could make cool air. A/C made its first public debut in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair. The building was kept in the 70s while outside the temperature exceeded 90 degrees. Visitors were “struck with wonder” that the building could be kept cool artificially.
“Cool as a mountain top”
Movie theaters were some of the first business to get air conditioning. Sid Grauman’s Metropolitan Theater was the first to have air conditioning in 1922. People claimed the theater felt “cool as a mountain top.”
“An actual relief”
A New York Times journalists wrote in 1925 that upon entering a theater it was “an actual relief.” He felt so comfortable sitting inside the theater that he dreaded having to go back in the sun.
“The president did not like air conditioning”
Air conditioning was first installed in the White House during Herbert Hoover’s term. Later, during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency it was replaced with a better model. The employee that installed the upgraded version claimed that FDR was not a fan saying “he had a strong dislike of air conditioning and never hesitated to say so.”
“My tips are bigger”
By the 1950s nearly every car had air conditioning installed. A New York cabbie claimed that he used to hate working in the summer, at least until his taxi got air conditioning. People were excited to get in a taxi that had air conditioning and as a result left bigger tips.
Fortunately, we live in a society where air conditioning is installed everywhere. In Las Vegas, we don’t have to suffer in the 100 degree weather. If you are experiencing any problems with your air conditioning system, don’t sweat it. An expert at JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning can be at your door in no time to fix it. Contact 702.227.5622 for more information about Las Vegas air conditioning repair.