3 Things You Didn’t Know about Air Conditioning

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Electro-mechanical air conditioning has been a standard part of homes for more than 50 years now, and they were used in commercial and industrial buildings long before that. Air conditioning systems have become part of the background our daily lives to which we don’t give much thought. But air conditioners are complex and often fascinating systems with a long and unusual history. And when your air conditioning system needs to be repaired, you want to make sure you hire a reputable service company that really knows the ins and outs of your air conditioning system. For air conditioning service in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN, look no further than Mid-State Air conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We are a family owned and operated business that has been in the Nashville area for more than 40 years and only the best technicians are hired to work for Mid-State.  You can learn more about our middle Tennessee air conditioning, heating, and plumbing company here.

For now, here are 3 facts about air conditioners that you probably didn’t know:

The earliest air conditioners were dangerous

Because modern air conditioners present almost no safety risks in a home—no more than any electrical system—it seems odd to imagine a time when they were potentially harmful. The earliest air conditioners used refrigerant that was either toxic or combustible: chemicals like ammonia and sulfur dioxide. For this reason, air conditioners were confined to industrial use. The invention of non-toxic, non-flammable refrigerants is what allowed ACs to expand into residential use.

Air conditioners were originally invented to control humidity

The man who invented the electro-mechanical air conditioner, Willis Carrier, designed the system with a specific purpose in mind—and it wasn’t to keep people cool. Carrier’s air conditioning system was made to control humidity inside the printing plant of a Brooklyn lithograph and publishing company. The control over the humidity helped maintain paper dimensions and ink alignment. Today’s air conditioners also lower humidity, although they aren’t recommended specifically for that purpose in homes. (A dedicated dehumidifier is always a better idea.)

The first private home to have air conditioning was built in 1933

It was David St. Pierre DuBose, an electrical engineer, who came up with the idea to develop a ventilation network in his home in Chapel Hill, NC and attach it to an air conditioning system in 1933. It took a few decades before this became the standard for homes, however, but DuBose’s mansion, Meadowmont (which still exists) set the example that many would later follow.

Service for your Air Conditioning in Nashville, TN & middle Tennessee area

If you are looking for the best in modern air conditioning service in Nashville, TN, Franklin, TN or middle Tennessee area, give Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing a call. We have kept Middle Tennessee cool since 1970.

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