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3 Cool Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Modern Air Conditioning

Posted on The Cooler Blog January 9, 2014 by Terry Jones

According to a recent estimate, over 80 percent of the homes in America have some form of air conditioning.  Of course, we can also find A/C in our automobiles, where we work, and where we shop. In fact, there are entire regions of the country that would almost certainly be uninhabitable were it not for the modern air conditioner. With that in mind, here are three things you might not know about indoor cooling.

1. Why it was invented

Contrary to popular belief, the air conditioner was not designed to provide continuous cooling for comfort, but rather to lower humidity levels to protect commercial products like paper and produce from moisture.

2. How it encourages mass migration

Now the fourth most-populous state in the nation, Florida would not exist as it does today without central air conditioning. The hot, humid, subtropical climates of the southern half of the state would be all but unbearable during the scorching summer months without indoor air. So you could say goodbye to Disney World and all those other Florida theme parks without the air conditioner. We should also mention that Las Vegas, a desert city, could not attract a single high roller without indoor air!

3. How it created the summer blockbuster

When we want  to beat the heat during the dog days of summer, most of us go to a public pool or to the nearest movie theater. But before air conditioning became affordable, movie theaters were like ovens during the summertime, which is why there was no such thing as the summer blockbuster before indoor air arrived.

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