6 Strange Facts You Didn’t Know About Air Conditioners

Nowadays we are lucky enough to get through the roughest days of summer without too much discomfort. We have the pleasure of being able to sit through a long summer business day without breaking a sweat, and then to come home from a hard days work to feel the welcoming and refreshing blast of cool air when we walk through the door.

Here are some weird and cool facts about the fantastic innovation that keeps us comfortable in Summer day and night.

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1.  Ice Power

When air conditioning systems were first introduced, their output settings were originally measured in “Ice Power”, which refers to how many blocks of ice in front of a fan it would take in order to produce the same amount of cooling power. We now call them AC units.

2. The First Air Conditioner

The very first air conditioner was invented by a man named Willis Carrier in 1902. Carrier worked at a publishing company and needed to find a way to keep his paper from expanding and ink from running. Thus, AC was born.

3. AC and Africa

Every year, The U.S. uses the same amount of energy just to power air conditioners as Africa would use to power the entire continent!

4. The Summer Blockbuster

Back in 1907, no residential homes had air conditioning yet. Movie theatres were the only places to consistently provide it and used it as a marketing tool to fill seats with their “state-of-the-art” ice-cold AC. They would advertise it using icicle covered letters on their signage. This is in part responsible for the Summer blockbuster as it was so effective at filling seats during hot Summer days.

5. Presidential Air Conditioner

The first president to enjoy air conditioning in the Oval Office was Herbert Hoover. He spent $30,000 USD on the system just months after the Stock Market Crash of 1929, and the beginning of the Great Depression. The perks of being the president I guess!

6. Saving Lives

Air conditioning is a literal life saver. Researches have found that chances of dying in extreme heat during Summer has declined more than 80 percent in the past 50 years. The researchers correlated this directly to the rise in air conditioning installation.

Do you know any other weird facts about air conditioners that you would like to share? Post it in the comments below!

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