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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 19: Staying Cool


WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for July 19 from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America for Tuesday, July 19. These blistering hot summer days have been designated as Air Conditioning Appreciation Days. When we walk from the heat into a cool office, business or home, we owe a debt of gratitude to a man many may never have heard of -- Willis Carrier. Known as the “father of air conditioning,” Carrier patented what he called an “apparatus for treating air” in 1906. His idea has fundamentally changed the way most Americans live, work and play. Air conditioning came into widespread use following World War II. Even by 1960, only 12 percent of U.S. houses were equipped. Now, just over six out of 10 U.S. homes have central air conditioning and another 25 percent have window units. Find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at


Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at 301-763-2812, fax at 301-457-3670, or e-mail at


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