Summertime has arrived in full force, and the days in Fort Worth are getting both warmer and longer. A lot of us take the frosty goodness our air conditioners produce for granted, and we usually don’t think about how air conditioning originated or who even invented it. But there is actually a lot of fascinating history involved when it comes to air conditioning technology, and as a family-owned HVAC business, we think it’s important to know how those before us got us to where we are today.

At Ratterree Heat & Air in Fort Worth, Texas, our team of HVAC experts has decades of combined experience tackling air conditioning services, ranging from installation to repair and everything in between. Contact us today to tackle your next air conditioning service.

In this blog post, we’ll go over a brief history of air conditioning and how innovators in the past created a device that decreases a room’s temperature while also reducing its humidity.

Who invented air conditioning and when was it invented?

Bow down to Willis Carrier, who was a Northeasterner credited with the invention of the air conditioner. He was born in 1876 in New England, and he was given the rad nickname of “The Father of The Air Conditioner.” He and his partner, Irvine Lyle, eventually started Carrier Corp., which was a company that dominated the air conditioning market in the 1950s. Today, it’s known as a brand of United Technologies.

Carrier designed his first working air conditioner in 1902, which was designed to keep a printing plant’s magazine pages from wrinkling in the humid New York summer air.

Oftentimes forgotten is John Gorrie of Florida, who was the first recorded person in the U.S. who thought we should find a way to “cool cities” as a means of relief from hot temperatures (we feel you, Florida). That was in the 1840s, and though he was unsuccessful at bringing his idea to fruition technologically, we think it’s the thought that counts.

How has air conditioning evolved over the years?

Air conditioning has evolved technologically, in the way we use it and how much we use it. According to the Energy Information Administration, nearly 50 percent of all energy consumption in the U.S. is a result of homeowners cooling or heating their homes. Air conditioners didn’t really gain popularity until 1946 when the demand for them increased more than 30,000 units.

What started as a basic cooling and labor-intensive model evolved into energy efficient air conditioning systems that can be controlled by the touch of a button on a mobile phone application.

Choose Ratterree Heat & Air For Your Air Conditioning Services

At Ratterree Heat & Air in Fort Worth, we know a thing or two about air conditioning systems. In fact, we’ve been in the HVAC industry for more than four decades, and our HVAC professionals have years of experience working with a variety of air conditioning systems. Whether you need to repair your air conditioning unit, install a new one or simply have it checked out, our team can handle it with professionalism and efficiency.

When you choose Ratterree Heat & Air, you’re choosing a family-owned business that is personal, professional and punctual. Let us handle your next air conditioning service — call us today at (817) 246-1866 or fill out our online form.