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This is a feature is about the contribution that air conditioning has had for human development.


Keeping cool in the heat of summer has been a challenge since ancient times. In fact, air conditioning in buildings is not a new idea…

There are records of ancient Romans making efforts to keep themselves cool in the heat of summer. In fact, the third century Roman Emperor Elagabalus sent slaves to collect snow from nearby mountains, to spread about his gardens. He then had his servants use fans to make a cooling wind.
Other passive cooling methods used over the centuries have included using bright colors on walls and roofs to reflect the heat and making use of fountains and pools. In fact, many of the world’s historic houses like the Alhambra Palace in GranadaVilla d’Este near Rome and the village of Santorini in Greece are examples of passive air conditioning technologies in use.