Today, air conditioners, which we often use to create a cool and comfortable environment in hot summer days, have become an integral part of our lives. However, when modern air conditioning systems were not so popular, people had to cool off in creative and interesting ways. In this article, as we travel through history, we will examine the original ideas and inventions that ancient people used to deal with heat. If you are ready, then let’s take a short excursion into history and see how people calm down.
1. Fan chairs
In the 1780s, Philadelphia-based musical instrument maker John Cram invented an interesting refrigeration device. While working on the Constitution during the hot summer months, George Washington pushed 32s. 6p for this product and sent it to the Mount Vernon estate, where a replica of the product is still on display. This is how this interesting machine worked: people used their feet to operate a propeller that moved over their heads, like an old sewing machine. Benjamin Franklin is said to have owned one as well, but the device seems to appeal to a limited audience.
2. Sleeping balconies
Another American president who was interested in staying quiet was William Howard Taft. In 1910, he had a “sleeping porch” built on the roof of the White House. Popular in the early 1900s, these mosquito netting balconies provide access to fresh air, which is believed to offer several health benefits in addition to providing a cool place to sleep in hot weather.
3. Canopy fabric curtains
If you look at pictures of famous buildings before the invention of air conditioning, you will notice that there were awnings on almost every window. With a history dating back to ancient times, umbrellas provided the shade needed to keep out the heat of the sun. In the second half of the nineteenth century, new colors and patterns made canvas awnings not just a necessary tool, but an important decorative feature for homes.
4. DogTrot Houses
The adobe Dogtrot huts, popular in the 19th century, kept the interior cool in the sweltering heat. The corridor in the middle of the house dispersed the wind and at the same time separated areas such as the resting place and the kitchen. Particularly hot parts of the house, such as the kitchen and bedroom, were cooled through this passage.
5. The bunka
When the British first went to India, they had to adapt to many foreign things, such as blood-sucking mosquitoes, spicy food, and hot weather. But the only thing they couldn’t get used to was the heat. Hand-operated ceiling fans were indispensable to the wealthy British in colonial India. The elite kept slaves to build and run the ponca. They can sleep comfortably under the sweet breeze created by this primitive machine.
6. Fresh milk
Ayran is not just a drink from our country. People living in India drink fresh milk to cool off in the scorching heat of the country. Even today, chaas (or doogh), a variety of spicy curd, is consumed in many immigrant communities in Southeast Asia and around the world.
7. Pressure blowers/ice chambers
Life in the 1880s and 1890s must have been a really challenging experience. Nowadays we can adjust the temperature of our rooms to the degree we want with just a push of a button. However, in those years it was necessary to do more. Engineers have tried to build some assemblies that move air from the outside to the interior. This air came from underground cellars, then passed through ice-filled chambers, and was expelled via suction cups onto the floor of New York’s elegant theaters on Broadway and 13th Street.
8. Sliding window
Many amazing ways to calm down have been found throughout history. Sliding windows, unlike others, can be opened both from above and from below; This allows cool air to flow in from below and push out hot air from above.
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