Black History Month: Meet These HVAC Inventors

These Black Inventors Revolutionized Heating and Cooling 

During Black History Month, people seem to focus on the most obvious players––like MLK, Rosa Parks, and President Barack Obama. They seldom think about the “hidden figures” who revolutionized the HVAC field as people know it today. Now, that’s all about to change. 

Here, one can meet some of history’s unsung inventors, some of whom include: 

David Crosthwait

davidWhile David Crosthwait was born in Nashville, he spent much of his youth in Missouri. He later attended Purdue University, where he focused on engineering. He earned both his bachelor’s and master's at the Indiana institution. 

His research and inventions primarily centered on vacuum pumps, central air conditioners, heat transfer, and air ventilation systems. Crosthwait's findings allowed landmark buildings, like Rockefeller Center and New York’s Radio City Music Hall, to stay well-ventilated throughout the year. 

At the time of his passing in 1976, Crosthwait held 39 American patents and 80 international ones. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Purdue University. 

Alice H. Parker

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) admits that despite Alice Parker’s many accomplishments, very little is known about her life. That’s because, when Parker was born, historians paid very little attention to the achievements of Black women. Because of this, many experts aren’t even sure when Parker passed away––although some suspect she died either in the 1920s or in the immediate decades afterward. 

Still, despite this lack of information, here’s what historians know about Parker: 

  • Parker was born in Morriston, New Jersey. Throughout her life, she lamented that her home’s fireplace wasn’t enough to keep the residence adequately heated. 
  • Parker attended high school at Howard University Academy, which fed into the larger Howard University. Today, it’s considered a Black Ivy League college. 
  • Parker filed a patent in 1919, which was unheard of for a woman at the time–much less a Black woman. This was when women didn’t even have the right to vote! 
  • Parker’s patent was for a heating system that drew cool air into a furnace, then delivered warm air after passing through a heat exchanger. 

When she filed her patent, Parker was well ahead of the game; central heating and cooling hadn’t been invented yet. Still, her findings were the foundation of many HVAC systems as homeowners know them today. 

Lewis Latimer

lewisLewis Latimer has quite the resume. Born in 1848 to runaway slaves, Latimer joined the U.S. Navy when he was just 16 years old. From there, he began working at a patent law firm, where he discovered his love of engineering. In 1874, he co-patented an invention that made using the restroom on a railcar easier. 

Latimer’s other achievements include: 

  • Working with Alexander Graham Bell on the first operational telephone 
  • Creating carbon filaments for light bulbs, making them easier to produce 
  • Making a device that prevented elevators from falling into their shafts 
  • Partnering with Thomas Edison on various ventures 

Latimer passed away in 1928. His home, located in Flushing, Queens, is now a historical site. 

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Celebrate Air Conditioning With These Patriotic Fun Facts

Check Out These Weird (But True) AC Facts

There’s nothing like coming home during a hot summer day to bask in the cooling air flowing out of the AC system. It helps dry the sweat, restore energy, and stay comfortable. AC is essential in Texas in the summer. Without it, certain demographics would be at increased risk of heat-related injury. So, there’s much to give thanks for when it comes to air conditioning. So, to commemorate National AC day, here are some fun facts about air conditioning!


July 17th: National AC Day

It seems that there’s a day for everything these days. But, if there’s one invention that has revolutionized the way people live, it’s that of the air conditioner. Life would be very different without air conditioners. Whether in the home, the car, or at work, air conditioners work tirelessly to keep people comfortable and cool. They help maintain a regular temperature, keep the air clean, and control the moisture in the air. So, this National AC Day, there’s a couple of ways to celebrate. 

One way to commemorate National AC Day is to get out of the house for a little while during the day. Work up a sweat (safely, of course) and then head back into the nice, cool house. Take a few minutes to relish in the comfort and convenience of the AC unit. But the best thing homeowners can do for AC Day is schedule routine maintenance! Caring for the AC unit helps it function well so the home can stay comfortable. 

Where Was AC Invented?

There’s no better month in which to celebrate National AC Day than July. Not only is it one of the hottest months of the year (for those in the northern hemisphere, anyway), but it’s the same month when America’s Independence Day happens. This is fitting because AC was invented right here in the USA. 

Willis Carrier submitted plans for the modern AC system in 1902. He was working as an engineer in New York, and the AC plan was his solution to a problem that a Brooklyn publishing company was struggling with. The summer humidity was affecting the company’s ability to put out its products. So, Willis devised a way to cool their building while simultaneously pulling moisture from the air. It was a resounding success!

No “Summer Blockbusters” Without Air Conditioningtheater

Pretty much everyone has heard the term “Summer Blockbuster” at some point. It conjures images of big-budget movies with household-name actors. These days it means lots of visual effects and, often, superheroes. But, believe it or not, the air conditioning had more to do with the term than movies did. 

Back in the 1930s, air conditioning wasn’t in every household like it is now. But certain businesses saw the potential in installing an AC in their buildings. Movie theaters were one of these businesses. So, people would line up around the block during the sweltering summer days, waiting to get into the movie theater. The move? It was an afterthought. They wanted to get out of the heat and into that wonderful AC!

About Easco Air Conditioning and Heating

The friendly folks at Easco Air Conditioning and Heating have been serving Conroe, TX since 1982. They offer honest recommendations from reliable technicians. They also provide 24/7 emergency service and plenty of financing options! Contact them today for experienced AC repair and maintenance service