Air-conditioning went on to change far more than modern printing—it shaped global productivity, migration, and even politics.
For those that don’t know, I work in the HVAC industry. I kind of fell into this industry and at the beginning of my career, I was sort of embarrassed to say what I did for a living. It seemed like a mundane industry. But if you really think about it, air conditioning has shaped the world by allowing humans to live where it was previously difficult because of hot temperatures. The annual tradition of the school year ending in June and taking off during the summer? Schools would have to close during the summer because it was too uncomfortable to be inside without air conditioning. Summer blockbuster movies? Movie studios released these movies in the summer because movie theaters started to advertise that they had air conditioning to get customers into their theaters.
Sixteen years in, I’m proud of what I do and where I’ve been. I know I’m grateful when I step into an air conditioned building on a 90 F plus day.