[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 5px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]When Willis Carrier invented the modern marvel known as “manufactured air” to the world, it revolutionized how people live. Not only did the refrigeration technology change the way people live in their homes, but it also changed how businesses operate, and eventually helped facilitate a trip to the moon! [/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]Public air conditioners were being installed in industrial buildings like printing plants, pharmaceutical plants, textile mills, and even hospitals after it was first introduced publicly in 1904. By 1914, the first home air conditioner was installed in Minneapolis. From 1917 to 1930, movie theaters became the focus of air conditioning installments. The reason being, many Americans went to see the movies at least once a week! The first known theater to use refrigeration was the New Empire Theatre in Montgomery, Alabama. The same year, in 1917, the Central Park Theater in Chicago was designed to use the new technology which caused the summer attendance to increase significantly![/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]Willis Carrier created two major breakthroughs in 1922:
1. He replaced the toxic coolant ammonia with much safer coolant.
2. He reduced the size of the units.
This led to installations in department stores, office buildings, railroad cars and other small buildings. During the mid 1920’s, air conditioning became a great marketing tool for many retail businesses. In fact, important buildings such as the White House, the Senate, and House of Representatives, became equipped with air conditioning by 1930![/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]When the Great Depression started in 1929, the residential and commercial use of air conditioning took a decline. However in 1936, a research conducted from Harvard School of Public Health stated that air conditioning used in place of baby incubators (for the care of premature babies) was credited with a 26% increase in saved lives![/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]Most manufacturers converted to production of military use during World Ward II. Some chillers were removed from department stores, installation in production plant, and thousands of walk-in coolers were manufactured for the Navy to keep food fresh! Willis Carrier designed a system for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics that simulated freezing, high altitude conditions for the testing of airplanes. This proved to be one of the greatest contributions that Carrier made during the war. [/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”]After the end of World War II, production shifted back from military use to residential air conditioning and by the mid 20th century, there would be an air conditioner installed in the average American home. Improvements are still being made in the industry, and air conditioning has gone from a manufacturing tool, to a necessity which is used pretty much everywhere in the world today! [/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 10px;”][x_widget_area sidebar=”sidebar-main” ][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]