Summary of “The Moral History of Air-Conditioning”

Until the 20th century, only the wealthy or dying might have witnessed someone trying to cool the air indoors-even though building a fire to keep warm in the winter would have been perfectly reasonable.
While adoption of air-conditioning demanded industrial ingenuity, it also required renouncing the vice of cooling the inside air.
In the process of shedding its hypothetical moral slight against the heavens, the air conditioner has perpetrated worse, actual sins against the Earth.
As news of Newcomb’s machine slowly grabbed the public interest, distrust of cooling the air began to wane.
Two decades after Garfield’s death, Willis Carrier coined the term “Air-conditioning.” Although it wasn’t an overnight sensation, Carrier’s breakthrough came in July 1902, when he designed his Apparatus for Treating Air, first installed in the Sackett Williams Publishing building in Brooklyn, New York.
The discomfort index gave an unexpected boost to air-conditioning by, as Basile says in his book, putting “People in mind of cooled air.” Now the public could gauge if it was too hot to go outside.
As of 2011, the Energy Information Administration’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey says that 87 percent of households in the United States have an air conditioner or central air.
A Cyprus-based company called Evapolar has introduced what it calls “The world’s first personal air cooler.” It’s a small cube with a water reservoir and a fan that creates a breeze and purifies the air.

The orginal article.