As temperatures rise, here’s a look at how much it costs to keep cool in America – the Orange County Register

It’s very hot. Temperatures in deserts are triple digits every day. As we approach August, one of our peak energy consumption months, here’s a look at all things air conditioning.

According to the International Energy Association, population growth, urbanization and rising income levels, as well as a warming planet, are driving unprecedented growth in demand for comfortable cooling; From 1.2 billion residential air conditioners in the world today to 4.5 billion air conditioners by 2050.

The cost of getting cold

Average annual residential air conditioning expenditures in the United States by climate zone (2015).

home cooling

The US Energy Information Administration estimates that the largest proportion of residential electricity consumption in 2016 was to keep the home cool.

high demand jobs

Top metropolitan areas with highest employment levels for air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and median annual wage in 2016: 1. New York: $604,302. Los Angeles: $567,103. Tampa, Florida: $387,804. Atlanta: $461,005. Houston: $46,100

Other select counties in Southern California: Riverside and San Bernardino: $48,360, Orange: $52,790, San Diego: $56,980

great history

What was once a luxury for the wealthy is now a necessity for almost everyone.

An advertisement for a Carrier air conditioner from the 1940’s.

In 1902, Willis Carrier invented a machine to keep the air cool at a lithographic and publishing company in Brooklyn, New York. The machine blown air over cold coils and was the world’s first electric air cooling system. Carrier Co has been in business for 120 years, which is pretty cool.

Fabulous? In 1906, Stuart Kramer created a ventilator for a North Carolina textile factory. He was the first to coin the term “air conditioning”.

conditioning? In 1914, the first home air conditioning unit was installed at the Charles Gates mansion in Minneapolis. It was about 7 feet high, 6 feet wide, and 20 feet long. The package must have been commissioned.

package cost? The first home air conditioners in the early 1930s cost anywhere from $120,000 to $600,000 today. To put up with that, you had to live on an easy street.

Street? The 1939 Packard was the first car to offer air conditioning. It had no dashboard controls, and the unit took up most of the trunk space, but it had to be the coolest ride sold that summer.

1940 Packard with HVAC option.

summer? In 1942, the United States built the first “summer peak” power plant built to handle the increased electrical load of air conditioning. By 1947, low-cost compact units were sold by the thousands.

In the thousands? What about millions? More than one million air conditioners were sold in 1953. Sales of air conditioners were hot.

hot? What about global warming? Scientists determined that Freon-12 used in vehicle air conditioning systems was a major source of ozone depletion. Freon-12 was phased out in the 1990s.

the nineties? According to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of Americans who say air conditioning is a necessity (not just a luxury) increased by 19 percentage points from 1996 to 2006. The item considered most necessary is the car.

Sentences? How about 72.4 million of them? In 2006, the Department of Energy set new efficiency standards for manufacturers of central air conditioners and heat pumps. The standards are expected to avoid the equivalent of about 72.4 million greenhouse gas emissions from cars.

emissions? New technology can do without it. In 2015, the Department of Energy announced new projects to develop non-vapor compression technologies that do not require refrigerants, marking a seismic shift for the industry.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Energy Information Administration, US Department of Energy, Pew Research Center, Berkeley Energy Analysis Laboratory

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