At GPH Mechanical, we’ve been providing sales, service and installation of heating and cooling systems in the Okanagan Valley for many years, but did you know that the roots of HVAC systems go way back to the times of the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians? They used natural air flow to cool and ventilate their buildings. While there were many variations to those original methods, it wasn’t until the early 20th century that modern HVAC systems as we know them today came into use.
Willis Carrier is said to have invented the first modern air conditioning system in 1902. His “Apparatus for Treating Air” used chilled coils to cool air. Primarily used in commercial and industrial buildings like movie theatres, hotels, and department stores, it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that air conditioning became widely available for use in homes.
The Rise of Energy-Efficient HVAC Systems
In the 1970s, the global energy crisis prompted a renewed interest in energy-efficient HVAC systems. The first energy-efficient air conditioners and heat pumps were introduced, and Canadian regulations
were put in place to improve the efficiency of HVAC systems.
Today, HVAC systems are essential parts of all our modern buildings, providing heating, cooling, and ventilation for our comfort and productivity. Advances in technology every year continue to make HVAC systems more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.
HVAC systems have gotten even smarter with the advent of smart thermostats
and sophisticated technology inside every component. These thermostats use sensors to track temperature, humidity, and air quality levels that help homeowners easily program the settings in order to reduce energy. Thermostats can use WiFi to allow you to check your equipment while travelling and make adjustments as the weather changes! In addition, some systems can provide real-time data on energy usage
, helping homeowners stay informed about their energy consumption.