We love our air conditioning! It keeps us cool and healthy when the temperatures are scorching outside, and it offers relief when we’ve worked up a sweat playing in the yard with the kids or mowed the lawn. And while you often rely on your HVAC system to protect the integrity of your space and belongings, you might not think too much about those interesting facts that have developed over the years. Here are a few ways AC has improved our health, as well made an impact on our history.
#1: Changing your air filter isn’t just for the air conditioning unit.
Most of know how vital it is for our air conditioner that we change the filter on a routine basis. It keeps the air conditioning system fully functional, gives it longevity, and saves us money on our energy bill. However, you may not know that you benefit from changing the filter as well because it improves the quality of the air in your home by removing things such as allergens. It also protects valuable items from warping and prematurely aging such as paintings and electronics.
#2: Movie theaters were one of the first businesses to use air conditioners.
Movie theaters started using air conditioners in the 1920’s as a way for patrons to beat the heat. In the past, theaters would see a decline in sales during the hot summer months because it was miserable to sit in a closed area in the stifling heat and watch a film. Once they introduced AC, the term “Summer Blockbusters” helped market the cool theaters, and it’s still used today.
#3: AC was designed to control humidity, not for us to keep cool.
The first air conditioners that were developed by Carrier were not intended as a way to keep people cool, but a way to keep the ink on the paper in a publishing house from smudging, as well as so it would dry faster. It also benefited the publishing house because it prevented the paper from contracting and expanding which would affect the integrity of it.
Want to learn more about your AC unit and how to care for it? Contact the experts at SSI today! Give us a call at (703) 968-0606 and we’ll inspect your unit to keep it running in prime condition all year long.