Where were we 120 years ago? Before we had bubble gum, short-wave radios, Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, or airplanes, Willis Carrier came up with one cool invention: modern air conditioning. Originally developed to solve humidity problems plaguing a printing press in Brooklyn, New York, Carrier’s innovation has gone on to enable entire industries, power new possibilities and impact lives in all corners of the world.
Over the past 120 years, modern air conditioning – and the company born out of it – has fundamentally changed the way people live, work, learn and play. The company helped give rise to the summer blockbuster.
They kept travelers cool and comfortable on trains and ships. They fueled the skyward expansion of cities around the world, helped preserve history, and enabled the start of the digital age. Air conditioning has facilitated the rise of the modern indoor environment: one that improves the health, productivity, and comfort of the people inside.
” Carrier’s forward-thinking solutions of today build on the ingenuity of Willis Carrier’s invention. The company innovate to solve for some of the world’s greatest challenges, including climate change and public health. For example:
- As part of Carrier Global Corporation’s 2030 Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) Goals, the company is targeting carbon neutrality across their operations and aiming to reduce their customers’ carbon footprint by more than one gigaton.
- As COVID-19 shined a light on the criticality of public health, the company launched their Healthy Buildings Program to provide healthier and safer indoor environments. Through products such as their Abound suite of connected solutions, their goal is to make indoor air “visible” – so good air quality becomes as important and expected as safe drinking water.
- Carrier invests in important research including the COGfx Study series, led by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, that demonstrated better thinking and better health can be found inside healthier buildings with enhanced ventilation.
With 120 years to be proud of, the company is looking ahead to the next 120, as the innovation that changed everything is still changing the world.
Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier is a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Carrier is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, the leading provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions.