Patt Morrison for July 17, 2012

Air Conditioning turns 110

Near-Record Heat Wave Grips U.S. East Coast, Midwest

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Customer Service Associate Doug Ferket talks to a customer on the phone regarding available in-window air conditioners at the Lowe's home improvement store August 2, 2006 in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

They say the Winchester rifle won the West, but some beg to differ. In many ways, air conditioning won the west, allowing millions of people to live in almost uninhabitable deserts. Patt celebrates the 110th anniversary of modern air conditioning and takes a look at how it forever changed development in the western United States. Tune in to learn about its earliest origins in ancient Egypt, Benjamin Franklin’s experiments with evaporation as a means of cooling, and the first large-scale electrical air conditioning invented in 1911 by Willis Haviland Carrier.


How has air conditioning changed your home?


Stan Cox, senior scientist at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas and author of “Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World”

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