The air conditioner has changed the way that we live. “Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything”, a new book by Salvatore Basile, paints an interesting picture of how we got to the cool buildings we’re in today. From cold water through pipes, ice, fans, and ammonia, the road has been long and hot but we’ve made it here today with a few helping hands. The book is a telling and interesting read about the path we had to take to get where we are today. Below are 5 interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about the air conditioner!

1. In 1736, the English House of Commons was cooled by a seven-foot, hand-cranked “blowing wheel.” The man at the crank was known as the Ventilator. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

2. Two early successful ventilation systems were installed in 1899 in Cornell’s dissecting rooms, for the cadavers, and in 1903 at the New York Stock Exchange for the stockbrokers.

3. The first fully air-conditioned residence was built in Minneapolis in 1913 by Charles “Spend-a-Million” Gates, heir to a barbed-wire fortune. The mansion was enormous and took up three city lots and included gold plumbing and a ballroom. Charles Gates, however, never got to enjoy his luxurious mansion. He died on a hunting trip before the house was even finished.

4. The first U.S. president to enjoy an air-conditioned Oval Office was Herbert Hoover, who spent $30,000 on the system shortly after the stock market crash of 1929.

5. If you went back in time and tried to buy an in-window air conditioning unit in the 1940s, you would spend $350 in 1940s money. Today, that would about to nearly $3,500!

Times may have changed but one thing is still for certain; our air conditioners are a vital component of our everyday lives. Thankfully Bruno Air are experts in today’s HVAC units. Contact us today if you’re having issues with your unit.