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It’s now the middle of October, which means you probably aren’t still running your air conditioner too much, but that doesn’t mean your air conditioner isn’t still important. In fact, nowadays many HVAC systems are all one unit, which means your heating and cooling are all connected.

In any case, we came across an interesting article about a new book that’s based on the topic of air conditioning. The author of the book, which is titled: “Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything,” is Salvatore Basile. In the book, Basile describes some very interesting facts about air conditioning that you might not have heard before.

  • Some of the first big advances in air conditioning occurred in 1917 when theater owners lured people out of the heat by offering entertainment in a cool air-conditioned building.
  • The English House of Commons was kept cool by a seven-foot hand-cranked “blowing wheel” in 1736. The person who turned the crank was referred to as the Ventilator.
  • Two of the earliest successful cooling systems were installed in 1899 to keep the cadavers cold in the dissecting room at Cornell University, and in 1903 to keep the New York Stock Exchange cool for traders and brokers.
  • The first President to sit back and enjoy a cool oval office in the summer was Herbert Hoover in 1929. The system cost $30,000.
  • Back in the 1940’s an in-window AC unit cost about $350, which is the equivalent of about $3,500 in today’s dollars.

Air conditioning has come a long ways over the years and decades, but one thing that will never change is how much we love it. That’s why Comfort 360 is around to help Portland area residents enjoy their air conditioning. If you need any service on your Portland air conditioning then give us a call today at (360) 706-1496, or click here.