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Primitive cooling devices

My 7-year-old daughter Rylan had to do a school report about inventors.

When she first told me about her report, I got excited because I thought for sure she would pick someone who invented jetliners or trains.

She’s obsessed with both of those and collects toy trains and planes all the time. In fact, she has a wall full of collectables that she has been gifted by our friends and family over the years. Anyway, Rylan explained that she didn’t get to choose the inventor, it was a random selection made by each student. So unfortunately, a couple of her classmates chose the inventor of the train and jetliner, but Rylan ended up choosing the inventor of the cooling system. Of course, this topic doesn’t sound as interesting as the invention of a plane or train, however if you think about it, the cooling system is one of the most important pieces of newer equipment. There are over 350 million people who use some form of air conditioning inside their homes. So, though often overlooked, it is a really important asset to all of us. Anyway, while helping Rylan with her research, I discovered so much about the evolution of cooling systems. The first man that was credited for the cooling systems was a doctor named John Gorrie with his invention dating back to the mid-1790s. Then I discovered that some 50 years later, Carrier was the first company to revolutionize the technology to make it available for residential homes. One thing’s for certain, cooling systems may not be as exciting as jetliners or planes, however they are far more important than we all tend to believe.

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