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One call. That is all that is needed to ensure that your home is a cool oasis from the searing summer heat of the Colorado River Valley. One call to Airzona Comfort Solutions, LLC.

There was a time, however, not so long ago that the best a person could do was imply endure. And even if a person was one of the fortunate few that had air conditioning in their home or office, there was little that could be done about the heat while driving.

Aside from windshields that opened, something that was still in use on Chevrolet trucks through 1947, one of the earliest attempts to alleviate the misery of a summer drive was the Kool Kooshion. This is a seat cover that was introduced in 1919. It was simple device that provided phycological relief rather than actual physical comfort. It was spring field cushion that elevated the driver, or passengers, backside above the leather seat.

In 1921 the Knapp Limo-Sedan Fan was offered though automotive accessory catalogs. It was simply a small electric fan. Enclosed cars were becoming more popular and so the fan provided a modicum of relief on a hot summer day.

For desert dwellers in western Arizona and along the Colorado River, in 1930 the portable evaporative cooler designed for automobiles was introduced. The primitive drum device that would be mounted to the top of the passenger door actually lowered the interior temperature of the car – if humidity was low.

Packard, the American luxury car manufacturer, is credited with being the first automotive company to offer air conditioning as an option. These massive and heavy systems filled most of the trunk. They were also almost completely impractical unless the owner had the added luxury of a chauffer. The user had to manually install or remove the drive belt from the compressor to turn the system on or off. It was also a very expensive option, $274. As a bit of perspective the average yearly income was $1,370.

Nash is given credit for taking the evolution of automotive air conditioning to the next stage. In 1953 the company offered the first modern air conditioning system as an option. The company not only moved the entire system from the trunk to under the hood, but they also combined the heater and air conditioner into one in-dash operated system. A merger in the 1930s had made the company a leader in the development of air conditioning systems.

In the summer of 1914, Edmund J. Copeland brought Nathanel B. Wales, an engineer that had been experimenting with mechanized home refrigeration, to see Arnold H. Goss, a prominent Detroit industrialist. After Wales demonstrated a few of his projects, Goss eagerly agreed to invest in his work.

That winter Wales built his first practical mechanism for home installation. Goss and Copeland incorporated under the name Electro-Automatic Refrigerating Company, Inc. with Wales as chief engineer to begin production.

in May 1916, the company was reorganized as the Kelvinator Company. The units that transformed an ice box into a refrigerator proved quite popular with the rich and famous in Detroit.

In 1925 the company introduced a line of purpose built refrigerators. The following year the company expanded its product line by offering commercial freezers. Then in 1928, George W. Mason, a managerial whiz kid with an impressive record at Chrysler and Copeland Products accepted a position as president at Kelvinator.

With Mason at the helm international sales grew steadily and product lines were expanded to include thermostatic control units, compressors, and air conditioning units. Then in 1937 the Kelvinator Company merged with Nash Motors, forming Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, with Mason as president.

Today we take air conditioning, in our homes and cars, for granted. But there was a time not so long ago that you didn’t have the luxury of simply calling the air conditioning professionals at Airzona Comfort Solutions, LLC. to ensure that your home was a climate controlled oasis.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America


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