The concept of air conditioning was around long before the actual air conditioning system. The first person to attempt building an air conditioning system was Dr. John Gorrie, a physicist from Apalachicola, Florida. In the 1830’s, Dr. Gorrie created a machine that essentially blew air over a bucket of ice and was used to cool the hospital rooms of patients with yellow fever and malaria.
In 1881, another air conditioning device was created by naval engineers who constructed a box containing cloths soaked in melted ice water, and there was a fan that blew overhead. The invention was able to lower the temperature of a room by about twenty degrees but it was not practical as it consumed about a half million pounds of ice in only two months time.