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The History of Air Conditioning

The History of Air Conditioning

The History of Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is a luxury, especially down here in the South. 8-9 months out of the year, it is unbearable to be outside for longer than 5 minutes. We don’t even think about what life would be like without our trusty thermostat and cold air blowing from the vents. One thing is definite: Air conditioning didn’t happen overnight. Let’s take a look at how air conditioning got to where it is today.

Beginnings

In the 1840’s a physician and inventor named Dr. John Gorrie believed that cooler temperatures would lead people to live healthier lives. He believed that the heat was a reason that people suffered from malaria. Gorrie’s plan to cool rooms required ice to be shipped in from frozen lakes and rivers. While it’s not a bad idea, it’s not an economical one. Trucking and manpower costs were through the roof. In response to that, he devised a way to create ice by using a compressor driven by a horse, wind or steam. This invention laid the groundwork for air conditioning.

Humidity

A man with a name you may recognize, William Carrier, took Gorrie’s invention to the next level. He created a way to remove humidity out of the air and ‘condition’ it to a cooler temperature. He patented a system for regulating humidity and temperature of air in textile mills. This is the beginning of the air conditioning boom!

Commercial Uses

After Carrier patented the air conditioner, it was used to cool industrial warehouses, theaters and government buildings. In 1904, the St. Louis World’s Fair, which had a 1,000-seat auditorium, was air conditioned!

Home Uses

in 1929, Frigidaire patented a split-system that was small enough to put inside of a house. The drawback of this unit was that it had to have a separate condensing unit.

H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman patented an air conditioning unit that could be installed on a window ledge. In 1932, it was put on the market, but did not sell well, due to the high costs.

By 1947, 43,000 systems, created by Henry Galson, were sold. Homeowners could enjoy air conditioning without having to make expensive upgrades!

In the 1970s, with air conditioning widespread across the nation, energy consumption reached it’s peak. This crisis forced AC manufacturers to make advancements in efficiency to use less energy and provide the same amount of cold air.

In 1992, the US Government passed regulations that will see a $29 billion dollar savings in electric usage. In fact, AC units nowadays are upwards of 50% more efficient than units manufactured in 1980!

 

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What Are The Benefits of a Wi-Fi Thermostat?

We’ve come a long way since the times of having a simple thermostat that controls our indoor temperature. Gone are the days of having a lever that we push left and right or up and down to control how hot or cold we wanted our homes. The switches that say “ON/OFF/AUTO” are almost extinct. Nowadays, we’re installing the most advanced thermostats available! If you haven’t seen or heard about a Wi-Fi thermostat, then look no further!Wi-Fi Thermostat
 
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New thermostats are being equipped to connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network! That means you can control your home’s HVAC system with your smartphone. For instance, if you have an after work dinner with co-workers and you won’t be home for a few hours, you can tell your AC system to delay bringing the temperature down to your comfort zone by a few hours! Wi-Fi connectivity also allows you to see your usage over a period of time and see which days used more energy and which days saved you money!
 
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The Nexia Trane ComfortLink™ II XL950 Control gives you the ability to define different temperatures and schedules for each room in your house! If your kids like it to be a little warmer in the Winter, then you can set their rooms to their desired temperature without affecting the rest of the house! This is especially handy for two story homes which can have variations in temperatures throughout the upstairs and downstairs rooms.
 
Display Options
Depending on the model, you will have plenty of options for your thermostat’s display! You can check out the current weather outside, so you can get a feel for how you will need to dress for the day. Plus, you have the ability to check the weather forecast for the upcoming week! You can also program a picture or slideshow to play after a few minutes of inactivity.
 

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What’s In a Name? Why Trane Air Conditioners Are Better Than the Rest

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Advertisers spend a ton of money getting us to think their product is the best. Brand recognition increases sales and buyer confidence, but sometimes the product behind the name doesn’t always stack up to the reputation. Trane is not one of those products. Trane air conditioners are worth their cost, and here’s why.

Trane produces high quality products and has been in the business since 1885. Years have been spent refining the efficiency and effectiveness of their parts even down to the screws that are coated in Teflon. Their systems use a Spine Fin™ coil that is reliable and holds up better over time due to its resistance to corrosion and ability to exchange heat. Trane proudly manufactures its own compressor which they call the Climatuff™. This in-house control allows them to supervise the quality of this vital part of the unit. Trane compressors are built to last and are one of the main reasons their tagline is “It’s hard to stop a Trane!”

In addition, each part must pass the company’s environmental test at their lab in Tyler, Texas. For 16 weeks, the parts are exposed to a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold and salt water spray. Passing these types of tests means they feel confident in providing a standard 10-year warranty for parts and labor.

Regardless of which HVAC system you purchase, the unit’s quality will not matter if it is improperly installed. This is where Trane has an advantage above other brands. Installation guidelines are strict and required of every contractor that is approved to sell and install Trane products. Every year Trane provides training and asks dealers to show dedication to satisfying their customers.

Even with these great qualities, it is still important to perform proper maintenance on any unit to extend the life to its maximum capacity. Make sure that grass, weeds, and other debris are kept clear from the unit, especially in summer months. Change your air filters every 3 to 9 months, and have a reputable technician service the unit once a year.

If you are in the market for a new HVAC system, the Trane name is an industry leader you can trust.

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