Inventing the Air Conditioner



By Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning 

 

Inventing the Air Conditioner

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In 1902, only one year after Willis Haviland Carrier graduated from Cornell University with a Masters in Engineering, the first air(temperature and humidity) conditioning was in operation, making one Brooklyn printing plant owner very happy. Fluctuations in heat and humidity in his plant had caused the dimensions of the printing paper to keep altering slightly, enough to ensure a misalignment of the colored inks. The new air conditioning machine created a stable environment and aligned four-color printing became possible. All thanks to the new employee at the Buffalo Forge Company, who started on a salary of only $10.00 per week.

In 1928, Willis Haviland Carrier developed the first residential ‘Weathermaker’, an air conditioner for private home use. The Great Depression and then WW2 slowed the non-industrial use of air conditioning. After the war, consumer sales started to grow again. The rest is history, cool and comfortable history.

In 1921, Willis Haviland Carrier patented the centrifugal refrigeration machine. The ‘centrifugal chiller’ was the first practical method of air conditioning large spaces. Previous refrigeration machines used reciprocating-compressors (piston-driven) to pump refrigerant (often toxic and flammable ammonia) throughout the system.

Carrier designed a centrifugal-compressor similar to the centrifugal turning-blades of a water pump. The result was a safer and more efficient chiller.Willis Haviland Carrier did not invent the very first system to cool an interior structure, however, his system was the first truly successful and safe one that started the science of modern air conditioning.

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Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning is an authorized independent Trane dealership located in Hagerstown, Maryland. Cumberland Valley services the tri-state area to include the Greater Hagerstown, Martinsburg and Chambersburg areas as well as Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland. Call us today for a free estimate and become part of the Cumberland Valley family.

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