History of Air Conditioning Over The Years


Have you ever thought about the history of your air conditioning system? Heating, ventilation and air conditioning can easily be taken for granted, as many of us can’t remember a time when it wasn’t so easily accessible and commonplace. The professionals here at RighTime Home Services pride ourselves on knowing everything there is to know about heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and the history of the industry, too! Whether you’re interested in an HVAC career, curious about the appliances in your home, or a history buff, here are a few key dates in the history of air conditioning:

  • 1902. The first modern air conditioning system, or what is considered to be, was invented by a 25-year-old engineer from New York named Willis Haviland Carrier. In fact, the system was not made for his own comfort, but rather to control the humidity of a printing plant that Willis worked in.
  • 1922. Carrier follows up his invention with a “centrifugal chiller,” which reduced the unit’s size. It was introduced to the public in the Rivoli Theater in Times Square just three years later, which led to a significant rise in movie attendance due to thousands piling into air-conditioned movie theaters on hot summer days.
  • 1930s. Air conditioning spreads to department stores, rail cars and offices, sending workers’ summer productivity soaring.
  • 1965. Residential air conditioning systems start to grow in popularity, with 10 percent of the U.S. population being documented as having one in their own home.
  • 1970s. The air conditioning industry was rising, and use was at a high for the decade. With that came more energy usage, and in turn, an energy crisis hit. Lawmakers passed laws to reduce energy consumption, setting the stage for the Energy Department’s Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.
  • Today. Over 87 percent of U.S. homes are equipped with modern and efficient air conditioning systems.

Air conditioning has certainly come a long way in the past century. Like anything in your home, your HVAC system needs to be properly maintained to maximize efficiency and comfort. At RighTime Home Services, which started serving Southern California homeowners nearly two decades ago, we continue to provide expert service and advice for all of your air conditioning and heating needs. If your system is in need of a checkup, repair or replacement, contact RighTime Home Services at (951) 643 – 0570 or visit https://www.rightimeservices.com.