The history of Air conditioning

It is May in Bangalore right now, and the heat and humidity no longer bothers me. I remember when I first came to Bangalore 3 years ago and was left flabbergasted at the climate. Having come from the northern part of India, I am used to the cold over the hot. When you have just started making a career for yourself, you cannot indulge in the good life and are stuck hustling to maximize profit. Now, that I am somewhat settled and have a comfortable life here in Bangalore, while people are complaining about the early onset of the May heat, I stay in my air-conditioned apartment at the perfect temperature and humidity.

My AC stopped working about a week ago and I have had trouble finding AC service provides in Bangalore. Finding AC service in Bangalore, or any other place is a hard task. While you can easily find many self proclaimed professionals, find quality service provider is never easy. Thankfully, through Dial Jordan’s website, I was able to find a reputed AC service provider who not only had an acceptable price range and was also highly rated by previous customers. So thank you Dial Jordan.

In the few days that I was stuck with no air conditioning in my apartment, I have come to realize how I have taken AC for granted. There is a reason for the truism that you only realize what you have till you lose it and I have truly realized that as I sweated through the May heat here in Bangalore. This had me thinking about the history of Air Conditioning, who first thought of it and how it came into being.

The idea of an air conditioning is believed to have come from ancient Egypt. Egyptians used to hang reeds in windows which had trickling water through them. This water evaporated due to the heat and causes the air blowing through to be cooler than the normal air. This also increased the humidity which is especially beneficial if you are living in the dry desert climate of Egypt. There are also cases of water from aqueducts being circulated through walls to cool houses in Ancient Rome. In Persia, cisterns and wind towers were used to cool buildings during the hot season. Before air conditioning, people have used snow and ice for cooling. In the 17th century, the business of harvesting ice during winter and storing ice for use in the summer became popular. This was later replaced by mechanical ice making machines.

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While these are all ancient methodologies to cool during the summer, one of the more modern method of air conditioning was through Electrical air conditioning. It was first invented by Willis Carrier in Buffalo, New York. While this electrical air conditioning was not meant for home purposes but rather to control the temperature and humidity in a printing plant to maintain consistent paper dimensions and ink alignment. This was later on used to improve the home conditions as well as automobile conditions.


While most will consider air conditioning to be just for home comfort, did you know that most experts credit the invention of air conditioning with the productive America that we see today? The heat and the excess humidity was detrimental to not only the printing press mentioned above, but also to almost all productions such as chocolate, pasta, textile, tobacco and more. Most industries in America would shut down during the hottest months of the year. The invention of Air conditioning has made it possible for every industry to keep working, no matter if the temperature was boiling or the humidity was overbearing.

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With air conditioning, we have been able to come to the world as we know it. During the time when my air conditioning broke down, I went through a variety of phases. I would take cold showers three to four times a day, sleep on the floor with the fan turned to the maximum. Until finally I gave up and stayed in my friend’s air-conditioned place till my air conditioning was serviced. My plight was the reason for my research and finally this article on the history of air conditioning and what people did before the existence of air conditioning.

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