Before his name was found on home cooling systems all over the world, Willis Carrier worked at the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing & Publishing Company in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1902, there were some big problems at the printing plant:
- Printing pages was a very slow process. Sometimes, only one colour could be printed per page per day.
- The magazine paper used would absorb air and expand. As a result, the colours wouldn’t link up correctly.
- It took a long time for ink to dry. But pages had to be printed, since subscribers expected to get the next issue of their magazine and newspaper, no matter what.
Carrier worked at the plant as an engineer. His idea was to blow air through pipes that were filled with cool water, creating a sort of humidifier.
Afterwards, he wanted a faster way to cool the water in the pipes. He added a refrigeration machine, which, when turned on, blasted cool air throughout the plant.
And thus, the modern air conditioner was born.
Not All Homes are Equipped with Air Conditioning
It seems like an air conditioner is a fact of life. You’d think every newly built house would include an air conditioner unit.
- 7% of brand new homes built in the USA 2017 DID NOT include an air conditioner (Source: 2017 Characteristics of New Housing).
- 45% of new single family homes in Canada DID NOT have air conditioning (Source: 2015 Households and the Environment Survey).
Think about that second bullet point for a moment. Yes, it gets cold in Canada, but it also gets really hot in the summer.
And 45% of brand new Canadian homes don’t have the cool comfort and convenience of a modern air conditioner.
A Lot of Energy is Required to Power the Air Conditioning Each Year
Here’s a short but sweet heating and cooling fact: The amount of energy used just for air conditioners (and remember, they’re not used all year long) could power the ENTIRE the continent of Africa for the same period of time.