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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Timeline

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Assembled by Bernard Nagengast for ASHRAE With Additions by Barry Donaldson, Gerald Groff, Dr.-Ing. Wolf Eberhard Kraus, the International Institute of Refrigeration and ASHRAE staff. 

1200 B.C.

Underfloor heating used in palace of King Arzawa, Beycesutan, Turkey

80 B.C.

Earliest development of Roman hypocaust by Gaius Sergius Orata.  The hypocaust was an underfloor heating system used to heat public baths.

 

End of 3rd. Century B.C.

Philon of Byzantium invented an apparatus for measuring temperature.

 

200

Hot air heating system used by Heliogabalis

 

8th to 15th Centuries

Heating by central hearth (fireplace) in Northern European countries

1347

Earliest written account of the use of a chimney, located in Italy

 

1550

Doctor, Blas Villafranca, mentioned process for cooling wine and water by adding potassium nitrate

 

1556

Georgius Agricola - publishes de re Metallica, describing ventilation of mines in Saxony and Brittany by manually operated circular fans and fires at the base of the mine shafts

 

About 1597

Galileo’s ‘air thermoscope’

 

Beginning of 17th Century

Francis Bacon gave several formulae for refrigeration mixtures

 

1600 to 1664

Louis Savot introduces the fireplace grate. He also was the first to develop rules for proportioning the size of a fireplace.  Savot designed a jacketed fireplace that allowed air to circulate around the fireplace, heating it in the process

 

1624

The word thermometer first appears in literature in a book by J. Leurechon, La Recreation Mathematique

 

1631

Rey proposed a liquid thermometer (water)

 

Mid 17th Century

Alcohol thermometers were known in Florence

 

1653 to 1660

Sir Hugh Platt publishes Jewel House when he proposes the use of hot water for the drying process in gunpowder mfg. Platt also publishes the Garden of Eden where he describes using steam as a medium for heating the air of a room

 

1657

The Accademia del Cimento, in Florence, used refrigerant mixtures in scientific research, as did Robert Boyle, in 1662

 

1662

Robert Boyle established the law linking pressure and volume of a gas a a constant temperature; this was verified experimentally by Mariotte in 1676

 

1665

Detailed publication by Robert Boyle with many fundamentals on the production of low temperatures.

1685

Philippe Lahire obtained ice in a phial by enveloping it in ammonium nitrate

 

1697

G.E. Stahl introduced the notion of “phlogiston.” This was replaced by Lavoisier, by the “calorie.”

 

1702

Guillaume Amontons improved the air thermometer; foresaw the existence of an absolute zero of temperature

 

1713

Nicholas Gauger:  La Mechanique Du Feu - Empirical analysis on the improvement of fireplace design said to be the "Beginning of the theory of ventilation."   Translated into  English by Dr. John Desaguliers in 1716

1715

Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit developed mercury thermometer

 

1716

1716    Sir Martin Triewald:  Greenhouse heating by hot water

 

1730

Reamur introduced his scale on an alcohol thermometer

 

1736

Dr. John Desaguliers introduces his fanning wheel (a hand operated centrifugal blower) to ventilate the House of Commons

1742

Anders Celsius developed Centigrade Temperature Scale, later renamed Celsius Temperature Scale

 

1745

Col. William Cook:  Method of steam heating for warming rooms presented to the Royal Society of London

 

 

1745

Benjamin Franklin publishes paper on new invention, the Pennsylvania Fireplace

 

1748

G. Richmann presented papers on experiments with cold At St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences

 

1755

William Cullen of Glasgow, Scotland produced cold from fluids evaporated by a vacuum pump.

 

1755

Hoell noted the strong cooling rate when expanding air in a cylinder (more exact tests by Wilcke in 1770)

 

1758

Rev. Stephen Hales publishes Treatise on Ventilators.  His main concern is with ventilation on ships by using inject/exhaust pumps similar to blacksmith bellows

 

1760

Von Braun, in Petersburg, froze mercury, using a refrigerant mixture

 

1761

Joseph Black introduced the notion of latent heat

 

1766

John Blakey introduces the first water tube boiler

 

1774

Joseph Priestley isolated ammonia and noticed its great affinity for water

 

1777

M. Bonneman Paris:  First use of hot water to thermostatically heat an incubator for hatching chickens

 

1779

J.H. Lambert (posthumous note) stated that -270 degrees C was the absolute zero

 

1783

Laplace suggested that heat was due to movement of molecules of matter

 

1783

Sir Hugh Platt attempts to heat by steam

 

1784

Clouet and Monge liquefied a gas (sulfur dioxide) for the first time using low temperatures

 

1787

J.A.C. Charles showed that all gases, at constant pressure, had the same coefficient of expansion (shown precisely by Gay Lussac, in 1802)

 

1787

Martinus van Marum liquefied ammonia, by compression

 

1788

Publications by Blagden on experiments for subcooling water and freezing point depression of hydrous solutions

 

1788

James Rumsey designs the first successful water-tube boiler and coil type boiler.

 

1793

Lowitz obtained -50 C by a mixture of snow and calcium chloride

 

1798

Benjamin, Count of Rumford, Essays.  Further studies on fireplace design, roasters, baths, etc., theories of heating, thermal conductivity of building materials, etc.  Develops first conclusive evidence that heat is not a substance

1799

Fourcroy and Vauquelin liquefied ammonia, at atmospheric pressure (the experiment was repeated by Guyton de Morveau in 1804)

 

1803

Dalton announced his “law of partial pressures”

 

1803

Thomas Moore of Maryland received US patent for refrigerator. First patent issued in US on refrigeration.

1805

Oliver Evans proposed a closed cycle vapor compression refrigeration system in The Young Steam Engineer’s Guide

 

1805

Frederic Tudor, Boston, founded the natural ice industry.

1810

Robertson Buchanan: Essay on the Economy of Fuel and the Management of Heat

 

1821

Seebeck discovered the thermoelectric effect for generation of electricity

 

1821

Jacques Berard – Experiments on storage of fruits in various gas mixtures

 

1822

Cagniard de la Tour introduced the notion of critical temperature

 

1823 (and following years)

M. Faraday liquefied a series of gases, including chlorine, SO2, CO2, H2S, NH2, nitrous oxide

 

1823

John Leslie constructed a vacuum/absorption freezing apparatus in England.

 

1824

Sir Thomas Tredgold: Principles of Warming and Ventilating. Theory of fresh air requirement 4 cfm/person

 

1824

Sadi Carnot, “Reflections on the motive power of fire, and on machines which can develop this power” (concept that all thermal power cycle efficiency is limited by the temperature difference between the source and the sink).

 

1829

Nathaniel Wyeth received US patent for a horse drawn ice Cutter.

 

1830

Bi-metal type thermostat invented by Andrew Ure

 

1831

Angier M. Perkins: English patent for high temperature/pressure hot water heating system

1830’s

Baseboard heating used with Perkins hot water system

 

1833

Base-burner stove patented by Eliphalet Nott

 

1834

Jacob Perkins patents mechanical refrigeration machine.

1834

Thilorier solidified carbon dioxide

 

1834

Peltier described the heating effects of electricity (thermoelectricity) and discovered the reduction of temperature by the thermoelectric effect

 

1835

Warm air furnace manufactured in Worcester, Massachusetts

 

1835

Thilorier first produces dry ice

 

1837

Charles Hood:  Published A Practical Treatise -on Warming Buildings by Hot Water, first book on heating by hot water

 

1842

Dr. John Gorrie proposes comfort cooling of homes, and entire cities in the South using mechanical refrigeration.

 

1843

Jean Claude Eugène Péclet publishes second edition of Traité de la chaleur, considérée dans ses applications (Heat considered in its applications) that included topics on heating systems and heat transmission

 

 

1843

J.P. Joule – Experiments and report on the mechanical equivalent of heat

 

1844

Dr. John Gorrie proposes an air-cycle refrigerating machine for making ice. (British patent 13234, 1850; US patent 8080, 1851.

 

1846

Forced air heating system in US installed in US Custom House in Boston

 

 

1847

H. Helmholz. Paper on conservation of energy

 

1848

Dr. David Boswell Reid proposes air-conditioning in British House of Parliament using cool well water and by ice and deodorizing bactericides

 

1848

Alexander Catlin Twining began experiments with vapor- compression refrigeration and ice making . Caveat filed with US Patent Office in 1849. British Patent 13167 of 1850. US Patent 10,221 of 1853

1849

Charles Piazzi Smyth presents results of experiments with air-cycle refrigeration to Royal Society of Edinburgh

 

1850

Alexander Twining proposes carbon dioxide as a refrigerant in British Patent 13167 of 1850.

 

1850

R.J.E. Clausius put forward the modern version of Carnot’s Principle and introduced the notion of entropy (the word was not used until 1865)

 

1852

William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) introduced the thermodynamic scale of temperature and described the concept of a “heat pump,” for heating a house

 

1854

James Harrison began experimenting with vapor compression for ice making in Victoria, Australia. Victoria Patent 25/55 in 1855. British Patents 747 of 1856 and 2362 of 1857. A dozen of his machines were in operation in 1861.

1855

von Rittinger (Austria) – Installation of mechanical vapor recompression heat pump for salt production

First commercial ice making plant using vapor compression refrigeration constructed in Cleveland, Ohio by Alexander Twining.

 

1858

First refrigerated railway transport (U.S.)

 

1860

Ferdinand Carré patented aqua-ammonia absorption refrigeration. British Patent 2503 of 1860. US Patent 30201 of 1860

 

1860-61

D.I. Mendelev introduced the notion of the critical state as the “absolute temperature of vaporization”

 

1861

Meat freezing plant, Sydney, Australia

 

1860s

Commercial fan type warm air heating and ventilating systems marketed by B.F. Sturtevant Company, Boston

1862

Thomas Andrews established the critical state of CO2

 

1862

Closed air-cycle refrigerating system by Alexander Kirk

 

1864

Scientific American publishes article proposing comfort cooling system for hospitals.

 

1864

American Artisan began publishing. This was the first “trade magazine” featuring articles and information on heating

 

1865

Daniel Somes publishes pamphlet promoting his system for cooling hotels, theaters, halls and churches.

 

1866

Lewis W. Leeds lectures on ventilation at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. Published 1868 by John Wiley & Sons, N.Y.

 

1867

Daniel Livingston Holden began constructing ice making Plants using chymogene (petroleum ether) refrigerant.

 

1867

Carbon dioxide refrigerating system patented by Thaddeus Lowe (British Patent 952)

 

1867

J.B. Sutherland, Detroit – Refrigerated wagon (ice) patented

 

1868

Thomas Box published A Practical Treatise on Heat that included theories of heat loss, thermal resistance and U factors.

1868

Methyl ether used as a refrigerant by Charles Tellier

 

1868

Frederick Edwards: Ventilation of Dwelling Houses

 

1868

Ammonia vapor-compression ice making plant constructed by John Beath in San Francisco

 

1869

Double acting ammonia compressor constructed in New Orleans by Francis DeCoppet

 

1869

Forced air cooler for refrigeration patented by Charles Tellier

 

1870

Peter Van der Weyde patented thermostatically controlled refrigeration system (US Patent 105609)

 

1870

Carl Linde publishes paper using a rigorous thermodynamic approach to refrigeration: The Extraction of Heat at LowTemperature by Mechanical Means.

1872

Ammonia vapor-compression ice making system perfected by David Boyle

 

1875

Cold storage plant using mechanical refrigeration by Thomas Mort of Australia

 

1875

Sulfur Dioxide refrigerant successfully used as a refrigerant by Raoul Pictet in Switzerland. British Patent 2727.

 

1876

First intercontinental refrigerated transport by ship (U.K.)

 

1876

Covered ice-skating rink, Chelsea, England.

 

1877

Birdsill Holly, "the father of district steam heating" experiments with central station steam heating in Lockport, N.Y.

 

 

1877

Louis Cailletet liquefied oxygen by expansion (as a fog). A similar result was obtained shortly afterwards for nitrogen, air, methane, carbon dioxide

 

1877

Raoul Pictet liquefied oxygen by cascade cooling, obtaining a transitory jet

 

1877

Enclosed crankcase compressor using piston wrist-pins patented by Alexander Ballentine (US Patent 191638)

1877

Leicester Allen built a high pressure (15 bar) closed cycle air refrigerating machine

 

1876-77

F. Windhausen built the first industrial water vapor refrigerating machines (from studies made in 1870)

 

1878

Methyl Chloride successfully used as a refrigerant by Camille Vincent of France. (British Patent 470 of 1879)

 

1878

Vacuum return steam heating patented by De Beaumont.

 

 

1878

First refrigerated morgue (Paris – Carré’s absorption machine)

 

1878

Solar powered absorption refrigeration machine demonstrated at Paris Universal Exposition by Augustin Mouchot

1879

Charles Tellier used refrigerated ship Le Frigorifique to send meat from France to South America

 

1880

The theory and practice of centrifugal ventilating machines by Daniel Murgue, the first scientific book on fans

 

1880

Use of cork as insulating material for cold stores patented by GRÜNZWEIG

 

1881

Kamerlingh Onnes founded the Leyden cryological laboratory

 

1882

Electric Fan marketed by Schuyler Skaats Wheeler

1883

Warren S. Johnson - July 23, 1883 receives patent for a room thermostat called an "electric tele-thermoscope"

 

1883

Ethyl Chloride vapor-refrigerating system patented by Cassius Palmer (US Patent 290600)

 

1883

K. Olszewski and S. Wrobleski liquefied oxygen in a permanent form and later obtained the same result for nitrogen and carbon dioxide

 

1884

Sir Oliver Lodge - first electrostatic precipitator for air cleaning

 

ca. 1885

Ideas on the use of refrigeration for air-cooling and dehumidification of private buildings specially in hot countries. (Smith, Pettenkofer, Linde, Brückner).

 

1885

Electro-pneumatic type thermostatic control system patented by Warren Johnson

 

 

1885

Compound ammonia compressor – W.G. Lock’s Australian patent

 

1886

T.B. Lightfoot, of London, produced a list of various refrigerant mixtures

 

1886

Albert M. Butz patents thermostatically controlled draft damper for furnaces and boilers

 

1886

F. Windhausen constructed an operational CO2 refrigerating comnpressor

 

1887

J. & E. Hall – industrial manufacture of CO2 compressors

 

1889

J. & E. Hall – First two-stage CO2 compressor

 

1889

Domestic Engineering published as the first US trade journal devoted exclusively to the plumbing and heating trade

 

1889

Sulzer: First industrially manufactured two-stage ammonia refrigerating compressor. Another type (Stuart St. Clair) was made by York in 1892

 

1889

Downward distribution system for conditioned air used by Alfred Wolff at Carnegie Hall. Subsequently used by Wolff in all his air conditioning systems

 

1890

Concept of heating load calculation introduced into US practice by consulting engineer Alfred Wolff

 

1891

The trade journal Ice and Refrigeration began publishing

 

1891

Thermostatic type steam trap patented

 

1891

Massachusetts Ventilation Law

 

ca. 1891

Broadway Theater, New York, comfort cooled using ice

 

1892

First air-conditioned house in U.S. San Lorenzo, CA by M. Dillenberg of San Francisco

 

1893

Committee to define “standard ton of refrigeration” established by American Society of Mechanical Engineers

 

1893

Oil fired boilers used to heat buildings at Chicago World’s Fair

 

1894

Hans Lorenz introduced the polytropic cycle

 

1894

Hermann Rietschel publishes a Guide for the Calculation and Design for Ventilating and Heating Installations. The first HVAC engineering textbook that took a scientific approach to heating and cooling, including a chapter on comfort cooling of rooms.

1894

American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers founded by Hugh Barron, Louis Hart and William Mackay.

1894

Hermetically sealed refrigeration system patented by Marcel Audiffren in France (French Patent 238845). Manufactured after 1903 in France by Henri Singrün.

1895

Chicago Telephone Co. installed air washer to cool, filter and humidify the air at its exchange building.

 

1895

“Bypass method” of air conditioning first proposed – by S. Woodbridge for cooling Senate Wing of U.S. Capitol

 

1895

Hampson, Linde – First Joule-Thomson air liquefiers.

 

1898

Institution of Heating and Ventilating  Engineers founded in Great Britain

 

1899

Cornell Medical College, New York, partially air conditioned with system designed by Alfred Wolff using Carbondale ammonia absorption equipment

 

1899

Use of liquid air in dermatology (A.C. White, in New York). In 1908 M.C. Query, in Paris, used it to treat eczema. Practical use in dermatology only after 1940.

 

1900

Linde – Air liquefier with ammonia precooling

 

ca 1900

Dental anesthesia by vaporization of refrigerants

 

1900

Passenger compartment air conditioning installed on 6 Mississippi river steamships.

 

1900

Warren Johnson invents the “humidostat”

 

1901

Auditorium of Scranton High School comfort cooled using ice.

 

1901

300 ton co-generation comfort air conditioning system installed at New York Exchange. System designed by Alfred Wolff. Used absorption refrigeration machinery designed by Henry Torrance, Carbondale Machine Co.

1902

Claude – First expansion engine air liquefier.

 

1902

Linde – Single-stage rectification column.

 

1902

Armour Building, Kansas City MO, installed dual-duct air conditioning system; each room individually controlled with a thermostat

 

1902

Research lab for fans and air heating and cooling established by Buffalo Forge Co., Buffalo NY

 

1902

Air conditioning system for precise humidity control designed by Willis Carrier for a Brooklyn, NY printing plant.

 

1903

Multiple-effect compression system developed by Gardner T. Voorhees. US Patent 793864 of 1905.

 

1903

Formation of the Ice Machine Builders Association of the United States (forerunner to ARI-1953)

 

1903

Use of solid carbon dioxide in dermatology (M. Julinsberg, Germany)

 

1904

Public debut of air conditioning: Missouri State Building, St. Louis World's Fair

1904

Self-contained mechanical refrigerator displayed at St. Louis World’s Fair by Brunswick Refrigerating Co.

 

1904

First air conditioned bank: Hanover National Bank, New York, by Alfred Wolff

 

1904

American Society of Refrigerating Engineers founded

 

1904

Introduction of enthalpy and plotting of calculation of compression refrigerating machines by R. Mollier.

 

1904

Thermodynamic properties of carbon dioxide and ammonia are published

 

1905

Modern type Automatic Expansion Valve patented by Albert Marshall (US Patent 785265)

 

1905

Willis Carrier’s Psychrometric Chart first published in Buffalo Forge Co. catalog

 

1906

Willis Carrier patents "Apparatus for Treating Air".

 

1906

The term "air conditioning" coined by Stuart Cramer

1906

Clock (night setback) Thermostat by Jewell Thermostat Co. and Electric Thermostat Co.

1906

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Administration Building, Chicago. First office building specifically designed to accommodate the “paraphernalia” of air conditioning. Used Kroeschell Carbon Dioxide system.

 

1906

Brooklyn Bridge subway station air conditioned.

 

1906

Walter Fleisher designs first air conditioning system for a tobacco factory

 

1906

Freeze-drying. Discovery of the process by A. d’Arsonval and F. Bordas (France). The method was discovered independently by Shackwell (U.S.A.) in 1909.

 

1906

Claude – Improved air separation with reflux column.

 

1906

Heylandt – High pressure expander for air and oxygen liquefaction.

 

1906

First hospital to be air conditioned: Boston Floating  Hospital

 

1906

Walter Nernst – Theory of the behavior of matter in the neighborhood of absolute zero (“Third law” of Thermodynamics). In 1912 he produced a new formula: absolute zero is in principle unattainable.

 

1907

Air conditioning installed in dining and meeting rooms at Congress (Auditorium) Hotel, Chicago, using Carbon Dioxide equipment designed by Frederick Wittenmeier.

 

1907

“Unit Ventilator” featuring a fan and radiator enclosed in a steel cabinet invented by M. Hubbard.  Designed for under the window, manufactured by Herman Nelson Company after 1922 

 

 

1907

Willis Carrier patents “dew point control” system for precisely controlling humidity in a room.

 

1908

Elements of year-round air conditioning defined by G. B. Wilson (heating, cooling, humidifying, dehumidifying, filtering)

1908

First International Congress of Refrigeration, Paris

 

1908

Maurice Leblanc – Steam jet refrigerating machine (made by Westinghouse in 1909, in Paris)

 

1909

German Society of Refrigerating Engineers (DKV) founded

 

1909

Open air ice skating rink using brine, Vienna, Austria

 

1909

A sliding vane compressor (ethyl chloride) was in use on an American ship, the Carnegie

 

1911

Constant superheat (thermostatic) expansion incorporated in a multiple evaporator refrigeration system patented by Albert Marshall (US Patent 1003283)

 

1912

Underwriter’s Laboratories lists a domestic oil burner for the first time

 

1913

First International Refrigeration Exposition held in Chicago

1913

M. T. Zarotschenzeff began experiments in quick freezing using salt water sprays

 

1913

E. Altenkirch- Comprehensive thermodynamic study of binary mixtures for absorption refrigerating machines

 

1914

Air cooled electric self-contained household refrigerating unit,  the DOMELRE, marketed by Fred Wolf Jr.

1914

Water-cooled self-contained household refrigerating unit marketed by Edward Williams

 

1914

Kelvinator founded – household refrigeration unit marketed 1918.

 

1916

Average employee has to work 3162 hours to pay for a refrigerator.

 

1916

St. Louis Coliseum uses 12 tons of ice to cool air that was blown "…through conduits into the hall, above the heads of the gathered throng" at the Democratic National Convention.

 

1916

Clarence Birdseye began experiments in quick-freezing using air blasts

 

1917

Beginnings of the popularity of gas-fired boilers

1918-30

First insulated containers (France, U.K., Italy)

 

1919

ASHVE Research Bureau founded

 

1920

Hermetic motor-compressor patented by Douglas Stokes of Australia (US Patent 1362757)

 

1920

W.S.E. Rolaff – Rolling piston rotary compressor, first manufactured by Norge in Detroit as “Rollator” using sulfur dioxide refrigerant.

 

1921

Sulzer – “Frigorotor” sliding-vane compressor, for methyl chloride.

 

1922

ASHVE Guide first published

1922

V-belt drive first applied to refrigeration systems

 

1922

Willis Carrier built prototype centrifugal compressor equipped chiller using carbon tetrachloride. Changed refrigerant to   dichloroethylene in 1923.

 

1923

Electrically refrigerated ice cream cabinet marketed by Nizer

 

1924

Rich’s Department Store, Atlanta, completely air conditioned

 

1925

Adsorption refrigerating machine using silica gel/SO2

 

1925

Reuben Trane develops the first successful convector radiator

 

1925

The Aerologist, the first air conditioning trade journal, published by E. Vernon Hill.

1926

Gas fired absorption household refrigerator marketed by A.B Elektrolux in Sweden. Mfg. Under license in US by Servel after 1927

 

1926

Giauque, Debye - Adiabatic demagnetization cooling

 

1926

R. Follain – Multi-stage steam jet refrigerating machine (made in 1928 by S.C.A. M. in Paris)

 

1926

Carrier "Weathermaker"  A high efficiency residential gas furnace incorporating a blower and filter invented by Carlyle Ashley. Marketed beginning in 1928.

1926

The first national Heating and Ventilating Exposition held at Madison Square Garden, New York

1927

Capillary tube refrigerant control invented by Thomas Carpenter (US Patent 1919500)

 

1927

Crosley Icy Ball portable aqua-ammonia absorption Refrigeration unit for rural areas

 

1927

Modern type “thermostatic expansion valve” patented by Harry Thompson (US Patent 1747958)

 

1928

Radiant panel heating introduced in US

 

1928

Clorofluorocarbon refrigerants synthesized by General Motors Research Lab team of Thomas Midgley, Albert Henne and Robert McNary for Frigidaire. Announced publicly in 1930

1928

Electrically refrigerated vending machine by Vendometer Corporation of New York

 

1929

Heat Pipe for heating systems patented by Frazer W. Gay

US patent 1725906

 

1929

Frigidaire introduces split system room cooler

1930

Keesom – Discovery of superfluidity.

 

1930

Railroad passenger terminal, Cleveland OH, air conditioned

 

1930

Kelvinator refrigeration unit used to comfort cool a customized Cadillac automobile.

 

1930

Railroad passenger terminal, Cleveland OH, air conditioned

 

1930

I. Amundsen – Domestic adsorption refrigerator (activated carbon: methyl alcohol)

 

1930

1st International Heating and Ventilating Exposition held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

ca 1930

Sulzer conceived the “dry piston” compressor

 

ca. 1930-35

First market survey of air conditioning “…sent to 2000 high grade men and 500 high grade women.” By Time Magazine

 

1931

Georges Ranque discovered the production of cold by the vortex effect. “French patent, 1933)

 

1931

Rockefeller Center designed with air conditioning.

1931

Southern California Edison C. installed a heat pump air conditioning system in its Los Angeles office building

 

1932

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad begins running first overnight train with air conditioning, the between New York and Washington.

1932

G. Maiuri – Multi-stage ammonia absorption machine

 

1933

Package heat pump air conditioner marketed by De La Vergne

1934

Six air-conditioned homes displayed at "Century of Progress" Chicago World's Fair.

 

1934

Lysholm conceived the screw compressor (with two rotors)

 

1935

934 air conditioning installations reported in Chicago. Includes 171 offices, 143 restaurants, 136 theaters, 90 stores, and 69 restaurants.

 

1935

48 tract homes constructed in Washington DC that featured year – round General Electric air conditioning.

 

1935

Freeze-drying. Paper by E.W. Flosdorff and S. Mudd (U.S.) described freeze-drying equipment developed by them in previous years.

 

1935

Air-Conditioning Manufacturers Association was formed in the U.S.

 

ca 1935

Small electromagnetic refrigerating compressor developed by W. Konig.

 

1936

United Air Lines uses air conditioning in its "three mile a minute" passenger planes.

 

1936

Crosley Radio Corp. markets air-conditioned bed.

 

1936

Albert Henne, co-inventor of the Chlorofluorocarbon Refrigerants, synthesizes refrigerant R-134a. This refrigerant was hailed in the 1980’s as the best non-ozone depleting replacement for the most commonly used Chlorofluorocarbon.

 

1937

High-pressure air-conditioning system "Conduit Weathermaster" first installed. Designed by Carlyle Ashley and Willis Carrier.

 

1937

A.A. Berestneff – “Kathabar” open absorption refrigerating system (water: lithium chloride)

 

1937

Kapitza, Allen – Theory of superfluid helium

 

1938

Window type air conditioners marketed.

1938

Modern Electrostatic air filter patented by Gaylord Penney.  US patent 2129783

 

1938

U.S. Capitol, Senate Office Building, Old and New House Office Buildings completely air-conditioned by York Ice Machinery Co. At that time, the largest air conditioning system in the world.

 

1939

Packard markets first successful year-round auto air conditioning system.

 

1939

Freeze-drying of penicillin. First experiments in Great Britain. Industrial preparation in 1943.

 

1940

Freeze-drying of blood plasma. Semi-industrial preparation in the U.S.

 

ca 1940

Absorption refrigerating machine using lithium bromide: water. Studies by Servel and Carrier.

 

ca 1940

Non-lubricated piston compressor, with Teflon rings impregnated with graphite

 

1942

Heat pipe invented by R.S. Gaugler,( U.S. patent 1944)

 

1944

Air cycle refrigerating machine used to cool an airplane (Lockheed)

 

1945-50

Introduction of insulating foams

 

1947

43,000 Window Air Conditioners sold in the U.S.

 

1949

Peltier – Thermoelectric domestic refrigerator. A.F. Ioffe’s first thermocooling modules were made in 1938.

 

1949-50

Introduction of deep hypothermia in experimental surgery: J. Giaja and R.K. Andjus (Yugoslavia) and W.G. Bigelow (Canada). First tried in 1939 in the U.S.A. by C.A. Kossman.

 

ca 1950

Prototype absorption refrigerating machines heated by solar energy, notably by G. Lof.

 

ca 1950

Beginning of commercial development of heat pumps (U.S.) - 2000 made in 1954, 76,000 in 1963, 300,000 in 1976.

 

1952

Less than 1 % of U.S. homes have a room air conditioner.

 

1952

360,000 window air conditioners sold that year.

 

ca 1952

J. Donald Kroeker – Heat pump installations on office buildings and shopping centers using ground water as the heat source.

 

1953

Two associations, the Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association (REMA) and the Air- Conditioning and Refrigerating Machinery Association (ACRMA), unite to become the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI)

 

ca 1955

Penrod – studies of earth heat pumps

 

1957

1st development of scroll compressor

 

ca 1958

Screw compressors used industrially, for refrigeration.

 

1958

First ARI performance rating standard for heat pumps is published.

 

1958

ARI initiates first product rating performance certification program for unitary air conditioners. ARI certification “seal” is introduced.

 

1958

In December, members of ASRE and ASHAE vote to merge into the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

 

1959

Establishment of CECOMAF: European committee of manufacturers of refrigeration equipment

 

1966

First air-conditioned school with no windows (New York)

 

1967

B. Zimmern – Single screw air compressor

 

1968-72

R-22 becomes standard refrigerant for unitary air conditioners and heat pumps

 

1969

54% of new cars equipped with air conditioning

 

1972

ARI and ASHRAE combine forces for the first co sponsored International Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Exposition

 

1975

Fixed orifice expansion devices introduced for unitary air conditioners

 

1975

ASHRAE Standard 90-75, “Energy Conservation in New Building Design” has a major impact on U.S. building codes.

 

1975

ARI’s Unitary Equipment Directory features energy efficiency ratios (EER) for the first time.

 

1976

Indoor Air Quality becomes a big issue following the outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in a Philadelphia hotel.

 

1979

The U.S. Department of Energy calls on ASHRAE to help implement the “Emergency Building Temperature Restrictions” program.

 

1980

Scroll compressors developed for unitary air conditioner application

 

1986

Air conditioning joins list of inventions immortalized in the national Inventors Hall of Fame in the U.S.

 

1990

Parties to Montreal Protocol agree in London to amendments that eliminate CFC use and production by the year 2000.

 

1990s

Development of pulse-tube cryocoolers

 

1992

Montreal Protocol revised to advance CFC phaseout to end of 1995, with HCFCs to be phased out in steps by 2030.

 

1993-94

Automobile air conditioners transition to R-134a refrigerant

 

1994

Eurovent established the first industry certification program for air-conditioning equipment in Europe.

 

1995

R-410a introduced as refrigerant for unitary air conditioners

 

1999

A major history exhibit on air-conditioning, “Stay Cool! Air-Conditioning America” opened at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

 

2001

The Global Refrigerants Environmental Evaluation Network (GREEN) program was inaugurated as a global testing program to evaluate the performance of hydrocarbon and hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants in HVAC&R equipment.

 

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