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The White House Symbolizes Advancements in Cooling and Heating

White Houe HVAC History - Masters Heating and Cooling

Here’s something to think about on President’s Day: Do you realize if you’re a baby boomer there’s a good chance the White House did NOT have central air conditioning when you were born? It wasn’t installed until a major renovation under President Truman in 1952.

That piece of history is just one example of the HVAC revolution we’ve seen in a few generations. Imagine what your life would be like without the comfort your heating and cooling professionals at Masters Heating and Cooling provide for you.

Before the White House had central air, presidents tried several desperate measures to keep cool during the stifling summer heat in Washington. President Woodrow Wilson often worked out of an open-air tent set up in the Rose Garden, instead of using the Oval Office. A screened in porch on the roof of the White House is where the 27th president, William Howard Taft, liked sleep to escape the heat. Can you imagine the Secret Service dealing with THAT security risk today?

The first heating system didn’t come to the White House until 1840, nearly 50 years after construction started. At first, it only heated rooms on the first floor and took several years to be expanded to the entire house.

When the country’s 2nd president, John Adams and his wife Abigail, moved into the new White House in 1800 they were dismayed to find there was no indoor plumbing. On the plus side, outhouses meant there was no such thing as a clogged toilet. True running water was introduced in 1833 but at first it was mostly for drinking water and to fill reservoirs for fire protection.

Today, the White House has 35 bathrooms among its 132 centrally heated and cooled rooms so clearly those antiquated conditions are in the past. If there is a plumbing or heating problem in the White House there is a staff of skilled workers to call on, as is befitting the leader of the free world.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about the history of cooling, heating, and plumbing in the White House for this Presidents’ Day. We want you to know that your heating and cooling needs in the three-state region are just as important to us at Masters Heating and Cooling, as the needs of the First Family are to the professionals who serve them.

We can help with all your home comfort needs, including annual maintenance and emergency repairs. Contact us today to get started!

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