As you sit in your air conditioned car, office or home be sure to celebrate the coolest dad ever -- Dr. Willis Carrier, the father of modern air conditioning.111 years ago, on July 17, 1902, Willis Carrier submitted drawings at Brooklyn New York's Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing & Publishing Company for what would become recognized as the world's first modern air conditioning system. This 1902 installation marked the birth of air conditioning because of the addition of humidity control which was introduced to address a quality problem with the production of printed paper.
Dr. Carrier's cool invention transformed industries and gave birth to many more including the rental air conditioning industry -- bet he never could have imagined people would be renting air conditioners!
To celebrate air conditioning's 111th year, here are 11 cool, tweetable air conditioning facts you probably never knew!
1. Dr. Willis Carrier established the Carrier Air Conditioning Company. Tweet this.
2. The film industry was forever changed in 1925 when Carrier cooled the Rivoli Theatre in New York, transforming theaters into a haven from the summer heat, creating the "summer blockbuster." Tweet this.
3. The conveniences of air conditioning spread to homes in 1926 with Carrier's introduction of the first home air conditioner. Tweet this.
4. School kids should be especially grateful for AC. Although summer vacation started out as a way to escape the heat, schools kept up the practice even after gaining air conditioning. Tweet this.
5. Along with the schools, even the government took a summer vacation before air conditioning. Tweet this.
6. Some historians blame the growth of federal bureaucracy on air-conditioning, since it allowed lawmakers to stay in session longer. Tweet this.
7. Population explosions in states like Arizona, Nevada, Florida, and Texas can be directly attributed to the introduction of air conditioning. Tweet this.
8. Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without air conditioning! Tweet this.
9. Air conditioning allowed for exponential advances in medicine and human life expectancy. Tweet this.
10. Today, 87 percent of U.S. homes have some form of air conditioning. Tweet this.
11. Air conditioning conditions us to want more air-conditioning. Tweet this.
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