The Invention of Modern Air Conditioning

Posted On: March 26, 2020

On July 17, 1902, Willis Carrier solved one of mankind’s most elusive challenges by controlling the indoor environment through modern air conditioning. His invention enabled countless industries while promoting global productivity, health, and personal comfort.

Today, air conditioning units are found across the globe and in virtually every facet of daily life. They create more comfortable and productive environments, regardless of the climate. AC units help safeguard the global food supply by preserving the quality and freshness of food and beverages, as well as supporting health and well-being by enabling the proper transport and delivery of vital medical supplies under specific conditions. As a service company, Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, and industry expert, Short Pump Heating & Air provides solutions, services, and education to help lead the green building movement.

As we celebrate Carrier’s game-changing invention, let’s take a look at some other key dates in modern air conditioning history:

  • In 1907, Carrier hires Margaret Ingels as America’s first female air-conditioning engineer, right around the time that the decision to allow U.S. women the right to vote was being debated by lawmakers.
  • In 1911, Willis Carrier’s Rational Psychrometric Formulae brought science to what had been the often hit-or-miss design of air-conditioning systems, and in the process made Carrier an international name. The chart would be updated and reprinted regularly, serving as an essential tool to generations of engineers and remaining the basis of our designs today.
  • In 1925, New York City’s “new” Madison Square Garden opened, employing Carrier centrifugal chillers to cool its patrons and produce a perfect ice surface for professional hockey.
  • In 1928, the construction of the Milam Building in San Antonio, Texas, included Carrier central air conditioning, making it the first skyscraper to install comfort cooling as it was built.
  • In 1931, the M.V. Victoria, a 13,400-ton Italian motorship designed to run from Italy to Egypt, became the first vessel to make its maiden voyage equipped with Carrier air conditioning.
  • In 1946, San Antonio, Texas, touts “the World’s First Air-Conditioned City Bus”.
  • In 1971, Carrier is awarded the principal air conditioning contract for Chicago’s 110-floor Sears Tower, which when completed was the tallest building in the world.
  • In 1993, Carrier stops manufacturing CFC-based chillers in the U.S., two years before the deadline established by the U.S. Clean Air Act and 16 years ahead of requirements for developing countries.
  • In 2011, Carrier’s Monterrey Commercial plant was the first industrial facility in the global heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certified.
  • In 2018, Carrier took a leadership role in determining the refrigerant of the future by identifying R-454B, to be known commercially as Puron Advance™, as its lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) solution to replace R-410A in all of its ducted residential and light commercial products sold in North America.

Short Pump Heating & Air is grateful for Willis Carrier and his invention to making the world a cooler place!

Short Pump Heating & Air is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer.  If you have questions about Carrier products, heating or air conditioning services or are thinking about replacing your HVAC system, contact Short Pump Heating & Air by calling 804-364-9040. 

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