For those that live in San Antonio and much of the south, life without air conditioning is not going to happen. But believe it or not, no one wanted AC when Dr. John Gorrie invented the idea of refrigeration in the 1800s. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the demand for air conditioning dramatically increased.
Gorrie was a Florida doctor who first used research and technological developments to cool down his hospital. He used compressor technology that blew air over an ice maker to cool off patients with fevers. Gorrie believed that if he could find a way to bring down the temperature of a patient they would be cured. But his idea didn’t work.
Years later, Willis Carrier developed what the world knows as the first real AC system—the “Apparatus for Treating Air.” His discoveries helped doctors use AC to cure illnesses.
According to a study by Harvard professor Constantin Yaglou, the use of air conditioning in hospital operating rooms had many benefits. Not only did a room with lower temperatures help patients feel more comfortable during surgery, the AC also reduced the risk of heat stroke and improved the body’s ability to recuperate post-operation.
With this information, doctors all over the world began research on how patients could use their air conditioning systems to help fight illnesses. With time and the development of air conditioning, inventors and technicians have found that there are still multiple uses for air conditioning in terms of bettering a person’s health.
For example, a person with allergies may have increased symptoms due to hot and humid air. The invention of air conditioners has been beneficial to individuals who suffer from asthma and allergies, as pollen and dust are filtered through the system. A well-designed and maintained air conditioner with a dehumidifier removes warm, humid air from the home, which dehydrates dust mites that cause allergens. The air conditioners also dry out the humidity and usually clean out the air, enabling us to breathe cleaner air and not be over-run by heat stroke.