Living in south Florida, we tend to view an air conditioning system as a necessity rather than a luxury. But as late as 1965, only approximately of 10% of homes were air conditioned. Families, particularly in the southern states, ran small fans near ice, slept outside, or even put their undergarments in the freezer to help keep them cool as they slept.
Your home’s AC unit does more than just cool the air—that’s why it’s called an air conditioner. Conditioning or cleaning the air is more involved than simply replacing warm air with cool air. Dehumidifying the air is just as important, if not more so here in south Florida. Damp air feels warmer and takes more energy to cool, in addition to potentially causing mildew or mold growth within your home. But, where does all that moisture pulled out of the air go? Usually, the condensate drain pipe empties the water outside or even into the sewer system.
Did you know that the first modern air conditioner was invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier for a publishing company? Thirty years later, the window-unit air conditioner was created, although it'd be decades before it was affordable enough for most folks. However, by 1953, more than 1 million residential HVAC units were sold.