The American History of HVAC

July 9, 2021
Salt Lake City Air Conditioning Sales & Service. Lennox Air Conditioners

Celebrating the Birth (and Inventiveness) of the USA.

It’s a month of birthdays here at Craig’s Services! We’re turning 52, and America doesn’t look a day over 245. But, as long as we’re celebrating history (and since we are Bountiful, Utah’s HVAC specialists) we thought we’d take a minute to celebrate the history of our favorite cool, clean, character: HVAC! A perfectly chilled environment in the heat of a Utah summer is something we almost take for granted. But it wasn’t always that way!

There’s an expression that we stand on the shoulders of the “giants” who came before us, that we owe a debt of gratitude to those who paved they way for the comforts and freedoms we enjoy today. In the case of modern HVAC, those shoulders belong to Willis Haviland Carrier, an American (applause!) engineer responsible for inventing modern air-conditioning. Born in 1876, and a graduate of Cornell University, Carrier almost stumbled upon his invention by accident while responding to the needs of Brooklyn’s Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographic and Publishing Company, whose output was threatened by the East Coast humidity. Their pages were swollen and damp, and the ink ran rampant in the thick Summer air. Carrier created a primitive cooling system to reduce humidity around the machines using an industrial fan that blew air over steam coils filled with cold water. The humidity condensed on the coils, and resulted in dry, cooled air. Hearkening to other famous American tales of invention (the chocolate in the peanut butter, resulting in Reese’s peanut butter cups, anyone?) the system didn’t just dry/cool the paper, it dried/cooled the employees, too! The drawings Carrier submitted from that discovery would become the first modern air-conditioning system, a system that cooled and dehumidified. A true game changer! The new air-conditioning system standards recognized that true A/C needed to perform four basic functions. It needed to control temperature, humidity, air circulation and ventilation, and it needed to cleanse the air, standards which the solutions at Craig’s continue to uphold today!

 

Events like World War I, the Great Depression, the 1939 New York World’s Fair (where Carrier displayed his invention inside an “igloo” to give attendees a look into the future) and World War II, took turns speeding up and slowing down the manufacturing and advancement of Carrier’s invention. But, the increase in industry all year long revolutionized American life and helped kick off the great migration to the Sunbelt! In the post-war boom of the 1950’s, to keep up with (and keep as cool as) the Jones’s, HVAC systems would become staples in American homes.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little history lesson from the cool, comfort of your well air-conditioned home, but if not, call us at Craig’s! We’ll bring the most updated version of Carrier’s vision to you, including our seasonal maintenance plan that includes a rigorous inspection, Tune-Up and part replacement service, tailored just for you. And, we’re celebrating 50 years in business with $1,350.00 in savings! Check out our great specials, including $69 AC Tune-Ups, $50 off any repair of $400 or more, $50 off a new humidifier, $150 off a new water softener, $150 off a new water heater, $250 off a new tankless water heater, $250 off a new furnace or AC, $495 duct cleaning, and $130 one-time service agreements! All of these specials run until the end of July in celebration of our 52 years of serving Davis County homeowner’s.

Feel free to give us a call at (801) 295-3357 or visit our website at: www.craigsservices.com. Happy Birthday and stay cool, America. And thanks, Willis Carrier!

P.S. Wanna catch a glimpse of Carrier’s first practical centrifugal refrigeration compressor from 1922? It’s on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History! Did somebody say, “road trip?”

 

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