The history behind the inventor of the air conditioner

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Willis Carrier is the inventor of the air conditioner, something that we are all thankful for. (Source: Carrier Company) Willis Carrier is the inventor of the air conditioner, something that we are all thankful for. (Source: Carrier Company)
In 1915, Carrier started the Carrier Engineering Corporation, which is still a large company today. (Source: Carrier Company) In 1915, Carrier started the Carrier Engineering Corporation, which is still a large company today. (Source: Carrier Company)
Having an air conditioner was the next big thing and by the end of World War II, they were making their way into every home. (Source: Carrier Company) Having an air conditioner was the next big thing and by the end of World War II, they were making their way into every home. (Source: Carrier Company)
Could you imagine what the population would be like in Phoenix if we didn't have the air conditioner? (Source: Carrier Company) Could you imagine what the population would be like in Phoenix if we didn't have the air conditioner? (Source: Carrier Company)
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There should be a holiday for this guy every summer here in Arizona.

Willis Carrier is the inventor of the air conditioner, something that we are all thankful for.  

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Could you imagine what the population would be like in Phoenix if we didn't have the air conditioner? 

He was an engineer who was working for a heating company and his first task was to fix an issue at a printing shop. They had a problem with ink running or bleeding on their products when the temperatures warmed up. So in 1902 he invented a filter that helped dry out humid air and then run over coils that contained a coolant.

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It worked and everyone wanted one, and in 1915 he started the Carrier Engineering Corporation, which is still a large company today. Having an air conditioner was the next big thing and by the end of World War II, they were making their way into every home!

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If you think your utility bill is high check this out: Ian Schwartz did a story on the cost of air conditioning for some of the larger places in the Valley like Arizona State University. Their utility bill in August was $1 million and the bulk of that was air conditioning.  

[READ MORE: Big bill! Here's how much it costs to cool large Valley buildings]

The Diamondbacks pay $12,000 a day to keep Chase Field cool, and the University of Phoenix Stadium pays a quarter of a million dollars to keep cool from June through August. 

Big money, but they are great places to visit when temperatures get above 100 for the day.  

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Thank you, Willis Carrier for making our workplace and home so much more comfortable, especially when we have a week of record temps.   

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