We spend a lot of time talking about keeping your air conditioning system in good working order. These days, it seems impossible to live without a good air conditioner. Summers get so hot – and we’re conditioned to want some relief from the sweltering temps. So how in the world did people deal with summer heat before air conditioning was invented? You’d actually be surprised! Let’s take a look back in time to see how people dealt with the heat before they figured out how to build an AC.
- Believe it or not, the earliest air conditioner was invented in 1902 for industrial quality control – the comfort of the workers was a mere side-effect.
- Way before that, though, people had other ways of dealing with the heat. One of the oldest methods of climate control was living underground. Our cave-dwelling ancestors were able to maintain a fairly constant temperature just by digging into the ground a bit. We still do this today – just think of split-level homes and houses built into hillsides.
- The effect of cave dwelling was duplicated in other ways, as well. The use of thick stone, adobe, or brick outer walls helped to keep things cooler.
Check back next time when we take a look at some ways that architecture was used to beat the heat pre-air conditioning. (We don’t know about you, but this makes us feel pretty lucky to have an air conditioner!)