Jul 21, 2011

Who knew..My hometown the Birthplace of Airconditioner

As I sit in my Florida home nice and cool...I am ever so thankful for the Air Conditioner Unit humming along outside. It is soooooo muggy and warm these summer days, I sometimes wonder how I grew up in a house and drove in cars - with no "air conditioners" in any windows or cooled air coming out of vents.
In my house only a couple of window fans.
I didn't know what I was missing until the day my late husband and I got a room air conditioner for "our" bedroom. My kids didn't get them - that luxury was reserved for us grownups. We figured "we" had "survived" a childhood without them, and they would as well.

After our girls moved away, we finally did get room air conditioners for their rooms though ;-) - we had one room set up as computer/office and the other was made into a "guest" room. Then 5 yrs before Paul passed away, he and a friend installed a whole house unit. I'll never forget coming home from work on a warm summer afternoon and wondered why all the doors and windows were closed. Then I stepped inside.....ahhhhhhh the coolness was ever so refreshing. I was so grateful for his talents and his ability to fix and do things around the house, that we didn't have to "hire" out for. We still opened all the windows and doors when it was in the "70's" outside, but when it got humid and hot, I cranked down the temps as fast as I could reach the thermostat.

Little did I know until reading an Article today in the Buffalo First news online, that a man from Western NY by the name of Carrier was the first guy to make air conditioners "practical" for offices and businesses, and later on for "home use".
Thank YOU, Thank YOU to Mr Carrier - you are one Cool Guy!!
Mr Carrier is buried in Buffalo's Forest Lawn cemetery.

Read all about Mr Carrier here:
http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/blog/the_last_laugh/2011/07/buffalo-birthplace-of-air-conditioning.html

The Business that still carries his name today is still conditioning the air around us in our homes.

16 comments:

  1. Carrier is quite a famous airconditioning brand worldwide. It has a reputation of being reliable and durable. It's great to know that the father of modern home airconditioning units was born there, in your own hometown. That is something to be proud about.

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  9. His full name is Willis Haviland Carrier and he invented the modern electrical air-conditioner in 1902. Actually, I also grew up in a place without an air-conditioner and a television set around, LOL. But we got by okay.

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  11. When it comes to air conditioning systems, Carrier is a trusted brand. Mr. Carrier was ahead of his time, as he had a vision of how air conditioning should be. And through time, a lot of types and models of ACs have been crafted - all due to his vision and hard work.

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  12. That’s a cool fun fact! Florida often experiences warm weather, so I guess it’s no surprise that the first AC unit was built there. Hehe! Anyway, I know how good it feels to step inside a cool room after spending a lot of time outside. My AC unit helps me get more sleep at night, since it changes the room’s atmosphere. I love my AC too!

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  13. I do love our central air conditioner at home! Guess what? Our beloved units will last with a bit of proper maintenance. If the unit works but it doesn’t cool, the problem could be in the distribution system. So it’s best to take good care of the AC’s two vital parts: the evaporator and the condenser.

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  14. Haha! With that, I’d like to thank Mr. Carrier for creating a really amazing device that could make us feel comfortable and more relaxed. He really is a “cool” (pun not intended :P) guy. Without him, we would all feel extremely hot most of the time. Kudos!

    Alyssa Flynn

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  15. Without Mr. Carrier, the world would be a hotter place, or it would be a world with larger and very wasteful ACs. ACs will always keep us cool in hot weather, especially there in Florida, where it's always hot.

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  16. I wonder if most of the people in Florida purchase air–conditioners from Carrier. You know, as a kind of support to the man who invented it. Hehe! People must really be grateful to Mr. Carrier. Well, thanks to him, my children sleep comfortably every night. :)

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