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Altman’s Cooling & Heating offers the best heating and cooling solutions for your Titusville area home and office. For over 30 years, we’ve been ensuring your home temperature is right where you want it by helping fix any HVAC repairs that are necessary, as well as replacing ductwork and thermostats. 

In Florida, the weather can get hot and humid in the dead of summer, leading to a miserable experience if your air conditioning system is on the blitz. But how did humans manage early on before the advent of air conditioning? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at early sources of cooling. Contact us today for all of your heating and cooling needs!


For the most part, primitive humans cooled down in the only way available at the time — in water. They waded into rivers and streams, jumped into ponds and lakes, and took a dive in the ocean waters in order to feel refreshment from a blazing sun. While you can die from heat stroke, staying cool is not as important as staying warm in terms of survival. Hence, the desire to heat homes took precedence over the desire to cool homes, which is why the history of cooling is sparse at best when compared to the history of heating.

We see the ancient Romans at it once again, with an attempt to cool down their homes by circulating cool water. The Roman emperor Elagabalus built a mountain of snow in the third century that he had imported from the mountains via donkeys in order to keep his summer villa cool (if you’re a history buff, you know that a lot of Roman emperors were crazy to some degree).

Altman’s Cooling & Heating in Titusville notes that aside from jumping into cold bodies of water for relief, the main ways to cool down in ancient times consisted of sitting in a shade tree, climbing tall mountains, entering low, shaded valleys or forests, or inventing some sort of hand-held fan device for moving air to cool you off. However, for the most part, people just dealt with the heat as a part of life. Besides, they had survival to worry about more than comfort.


Fans powered by either motors or electricity began to be developed at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th century, where electric fans finally began to make their way into homes and businesses in the early 1900s. The first modern electrical air conditioning unit was invented in 1902 with the idea to keep magazines from wrinkling at a Brooklyn publishing house. The spark was ignited at the possibilities of home comfort cooling, and one of the major reasons people began to actually watch movies in the 1920s was to go and sit for a couple of hours in an air conditioned movie theater room. The coolant systems in movie theaters were basically modified heating systems that used refrigeration equipment and floor vents.


Suffice it to say that once Americans got a taste of the possibility of cooling, everyone wanted in. Altman’s Cooling & Heating in Titusville notes that air conditioning units for the home began extensive development, starting off as cumbersome monsters and eventually shrinking in sizes that the masses could use in their homes and offices.

By the 1960s, most new homes were being built with air conditioning systems, and older homes had window air conditioning units. Interestingly, it was the widespread adoption of air conditioning that spurred an increase in population growth in our state of Florida and other hot states since now more Americans could live in comfort there. Current stats put air conditioning in 100 million American homes, or about 87 percent of households.

There’s no doubt that air conditioning is a major drain on our natural resources, as the entire mechanism takes a lot of electricity in order to work properly. After the energy crisis in the 1970s, the federal government instituted standards for higher-efficiency air conditioning units. The future of air conditioning is towards non-vapor compression technology that is environmentally friendly and reduces energy consumption by up to 50 percent.


By the world’s standards, air conditioning is most definitely a luxury, and an argument could be made that air conditioning is an American thing. Europe, being higher in latitude than the US and cooler in overall temperatures due to the Atlantic Gulf Stream, has not typically needed air conditioned homes. That being said, it is being used more and more in Europe.

While Altmans’ Cooling & Heating notes that statistics are skimpy with regard to air conditioning outside of the United States, it’s probably safe to say that most people in Africa and Asia don’t have air conditioning unless you are wealthy. Another argument could be made that is air conditioning truly worth it?

Surprisingly, yes. The benefits of air conditioning are often overlooked. Air conditioning benefits include:

  • Lowering risk of heat stroke
  • Prevents dehydration
  • Improves air quality
  • Improves productiveness of Americans
  • Helps to reduce asthma and allergies
  • Get better sleep
  • Fewer missed days at work
  • Prevents the spread of bacteria, infections, and more in healthcare facilities
  • Provides fresh air

Altman’s Cooling & Heating in Titusville can help you with all our air conditioning needs, from air conditioning installation and maintenance requests to air conditioning repair and help with programmable thermostats. Air conditioning in Florida makes it tolerable to live here, especially when the humidity index climbs. By investing in newer technology, the cost of air conditioning can go down, yielding less of a carbon footprint you’ll leave behind.

When you partner with Altman’s Cooling & Heating for all of your air conditioning needs, you’ll be able to rest comfortably at night, get a lot done during the day, and enjoy your home life more. If you live in southeast Volusia, central and north Brevard County, give us a call today for all your air conditioning needs, including air conditioner maintenance needs!