Invention of AC celebrates 110th anniversary and has WNY connections.July 16th, 2012 at 12:10 pm by Amelia Segal under 4 Warn Weather
This summer has not only been dry, but hot. The high temperature in Buffalo has been above average every day this July. With the heat, stepping indoors, its only natural to breathe a sigh of relief as you settle into a comfortable air conditioned space.
Tomorrow will be no different, in fact it will be one of the hottest days so far this year. Appropriately so, it is the 110th anniversary of the invention of the air conditioner. American engineer and inventor Willis H. Carrier was born and raised right here in Western New York. His original intention was to control humidity values in a Brooklyn paper factory.
After a few years of fine-tuning his idea, Willis patented his “Apparatus for Treating Air”. The main goal for the machine was to humidify and dehumidify the air by heating and cooling the air, respectively. This was a very basic prototype, but through trial and error he came to invent the air conditioner. Carrier’s “Rationale Psychrometric Formulae” paper linked together the dew point temperature, relative humidity, and absolute humidity to accurately create desired room conditions. This document came to be known as the Magna Carta of Psychrometrics due to its groundbreaking ability to determine comfortable air conditions.