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The History of Air Conditioning

The History of Air Conditioners & How This Changed The World

With temperatures continuing to rise across the world & summers becoming more & more unbearable with each passing year, there’s no better time than now to take a look at the evolution of cooling through the years & how man grew to be dependent on his little invention.

Did you know that man’s attempts to keep his homes cooler than the outside temperature have been going on since ancient times? However, it was only in 1902 that Willis Havilland Carrier invented the first modern air conditioner.

There are a few historical moments to note which influenced the development of automotive air conditioning (MAC) -
- 1987 Montreal Protocol phased out of ozone depleting substances
- 1994 R12 refrigerant banned in all automotive AC & replaced with R134a
- 1997 Kyoto Protocol signed to protect earth’s climate reducing green house gases
- 2013 R134a green house gases compulsory replacement with R1234yf in all new car models

If you are interested in knowing more such interesting facts about the progression of air conditioning through the years & how it changed the world in more ways than one, don’t forget to take a look at the stunning, new infographic from Sovereign!
(Content reproduced with permission from
Sovereign Planned Services Ltd, UK)