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Home Cooling Facts

July 18, 2022

Summertime is finally here and at Hanson’s Plumbing and Heating, we understand that the Midwest heat can sometimes be unbearable. Check out some of our home cooling facts to help get you through the sticky Minnesota summer.

In-Home Cooling Facts:

To give you a better understanding of what factors contribute to your home’s cooling system, here are a few facts and tips about your air conditioning unit:

Humidity Levels – Homes that have low humidity levels will typically feel cooler than homes with high humidity. That’s because the dry air causes moisture on your skin to evaporate, helping to cool you down.

Cooling systems – Ductless cooling systems can be retrofitted into any home or business, with minimal disruption. Residential installation can take less than a day, while large commercial jobs can be done piecemeal or zone by zone to avoid interruptions to productivity. Most homes today now include central air, which is convenient and comforting for people.

Maintenance – The best time to perform maintenance on your AC is annually. This should be done around early spring before the summer heat kicks in. Regular maintenance will extend the life of your air conditioning unit, increase its energy efficiency, and lower your utility bills.

The History of Air Conditioning

In 1902, the first modern air conditioner was invented by Willis Haviland Carrier. Before air conditioning systems were invented, schools and businesses would slow down or take summer vacations; so that they would not have to work in the harsh sun. This is one of the main reasons today why kids now have summer break. It was not until the 1970’s, that majority of people owned an air conditioning system. For those who did not have an air conditioner in the home, an electric fan was used to cool down. This did not cool the home completely, but it did provide air movement that would give the home a chill. Homes and many buildings were constructed with high ceilings, breezeways, landscaping to create shadows, and many other features to keep residents cool before air conditioning.

Air Conditioning Accessibility

When air conditioners were first invented, only the wealthy had access to them. The air conditioners were extremely big and expensive, and only a few had enough space in their homes to fit them. Today that is not the case, as practically everyone in the U.S. now has access to air conditioners. Modern air conditioning systems not only have made life more comfortable, but safer. Before the benefits of air conditioning, the number of heat stroke and heat exhaustion cases were much higher, making the summer weather uncomfortable and worrisome.

A fun fact about Minnesota, in 1913, the first completely air-conditioned home was created in Minneapolis a mansion designed by Charles Gates.

We hope these home cooling facts were helpful and informational. If you are experiencing issues with your home cooling system, need maintenance on your AC, or need to upgrade to a new unit, Hanson’s Plumbing & Heating is ready to help! Contact us today.

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