So! Where did the term "air conditioning" come from? ( Not from the guy credited with invented it.)
That distinction goes to Mr. Stuart Cramer of Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 1906, Mr. Cramer was trying to find a way to control the moisture content of the air inside his textile mill. He actually wanted to ADD moisture to the air.
At the time, "water conditioning" was a well-known process used to make textiles easier to process. His term was a simple adaptation to his unique attempt to change the actual air itself.
Cramer combined moisture and ventilation in an attempt to "condition" the air in his mill and to help control the humidity (something that was crucial in the textile process).
He officially filed the term "air conditioning" as he applied for a patent for his new process.
Willis Carrier (in the article below from yesterday) borrowed the term and used it in the name of his (now famous) company.
So how did it get into our homes?
Shortly after, the first residential home to have air-conditioning was the Dubose House, in Chapel Hill. Once they tasted that sweet, sweet A/C, Mr. Dubose knew it would soon be a southern-state staple and designed a unique system of ductwork and vents to deliver the cool, dry air to the entire home (a system still confusing to most of us and used today).
And innovation kept on chuggin'.
Not to be outdone, the north got in on the action. In 1945, Robert Sherman of Lynn, MA invented the "portable window unit". Sherman should have become a wealthy man, but an evil corporation robbed him. Literally. A large manufacturer at the time stole his idea and began producing them. Sherman didn't have the financial resources to take the big company to court (they said they would "break him" if he tried), and he never got any money or recognition for his contribution. He passed away in 1962.
This little Facebook page ain't much, but here is a sincere and heartfelt thank you to you, Mr. Robert Sherman. You improved many, many lives.