Summer is well and truly upon us and with the heat bearing down on us, air conditioning in a necessity. Green Leaf Alternative Solutions offers reliable, energy efficient air conditioners in Pretoria. Spending the hot days indoors, with the cool air blowing from an air conditioner, makes getting through the summer a lot easier.
Most modern Pretoria offices are fit with air conditioners, but there are many interesting facts about air conditioners that you may not know about. The Americans are those who we have to thank for the modern air conditioners that we have today, and there have been countless innovations and inventions over the years to create the ideal cooling machine. For over 100 years air conditioners of all kinds have come and gone, but all of them have helped us get to the point of energy efficient air conditioning.
The 7 interesting facts you might not know about air cooling
- The movie theatre became very popular thanks to air conditioning
In 1917, air conditioners in homes and businesses were unheard of. But you could find them in movie theatres if you were living in the States. To escape the midday heat, people would flock to the movies to take full advantage of the cool air. Theatre owners bought into the appeal of going to the theatres to cool off by making sure that they marketed their air conditioners as part of the fun. Nowadays, we take our air conditioning for granted, but back in the day escaping the heat was a luxury.
- A giant fan
Even those living in the 1700’s sought to escape from the unpleasant summer heat. In 1736, air conditioning took on the most primal form of a gigantic fan in the British House of Commons. The fan was quite complex and required a person to manually keep it going. The person given the honour of working the fan, which meant hand cranking a blowing wheel, was given the title of the Ventilator. This man would be in charge of a 7-foot tall fan and kept those sitting in the House of Commons cooled down during their debates.
- An ice making machine
There are many ways to keep cool, even when you don’t have a fan or air conditioner. In 1851, the ice making machine was patented and the American invention would have been an instant hit. The problem was that ice had become an industry all on its own and with ice being transported from the northern parts of America; the machine was only to gain popularity later on.
With many inventions for cooling off being developed throughout the years, many were either slow to gain attention or never gained any attention at all. But there was one such invention that certainly gained attention and it was an ice machine which transformed a beer hall into an icy cold place to relax. The inside of the hall was turned ice cold and frost covered the pipes in the building. Needless to say, just about every person who visited, loved the idea of having a cooled off place to relax.
- The first home air conditioner
The first person to try out a home air conditioner was an anonymous American millionaire. He placed the air conditioner in his home in 1892 and a false wall was needed to hide the machine as it extended from the wall right into the ceiling.
- The first commercial air conditioners
Could you imagine the excitement of the people who were the first to have air conditioning installed in their workplaces? In 1899 and 1903, the first commercial sized cooling systems were placed in public areas and worked to keep the spaces cooled off while they would also serve to ventilate the rooms.
- The 1950’s boom
The 1950’s was the decade in which air conditioners became immensely popular. Within 3 years, over a million air conditioners designed as units to cool off rooms, had been sold. By 1998, over 6.2 million air conditioners had been sold in the USA and some were shipped to other places around the world.
You might look at your air conditioner in Pretoria and think that it is nothing special, but the system that you are looking at is the product of a century of ideas, innovations and hard work.
You can buy environmentally friendly air conditioners in Pretoria and Johannesburg from Green Leaf Alternative Solutions.