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Take a stroll through HVAC history in our Heating Museum. This section of our website preserves history and answers that so-important question: What the heck is that thing? Whenever you run across anything unusual, chances are you’ll find the old literature about it right here.

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Why Congress Has No Windows

People who knew Capt. Montgomery C. Meigs said he was occasionally pompous, but when the job was done to his satisfaction, he said, “This was the most difficult piece of ...

Published on 03/06/2023 1:39 PM
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That Seventies Show

I began my career in the HVAC business in 1970 as a truck driver for an AC/refrigeration wholesaler. I stayed there just six weeks because my father — who worked for a ma...

Published on 01/11/2023 11:51 AM
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No more double windows! That was the title of an article I read in the Chicago Evening Post. The year was 1911 and the page was yellowed with age.

Published on 08/12/2019 1:40 PM
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An Early History of Comfort Heating

Here is a superb account of the early history of comfort heating, written by our friend Bern Nagengast for The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS.  

Published on 07/31/2017 3:54 PM by Bern Nagengast
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Chatting with Ara About Radiators

I was having a conversation the other day with Mr. Ara Marcus Daniels, who is quite dead. I do such things because I have time on my hands and not much of a life. We were...

Published on 09/17/2014 12:01 PM by Dan Holohan
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Steam vs. Hot-Water Heating

It was a real battle in the early days of heating. There were steamfitters and then there were the hot water people. I have a wonderful old ad from Honeywell that goes ba...

Published on 06/23/2014 11:43 AM
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The Air We Breathe

I have an old book on my shelf that came to me by way of my friend Paul Yunnie. Paul lives in England and is Chairman of the ASHRAE Historical Committee. I time-travel wi...

Published on 06/19/2014 10:54 AM by Dan Holohan
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