History of automotive climate control


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine

Gene D. Dickirson’s new book, Automotive Climate Control – 116 years of Progress, documents vehicle heating and cooling technologies from the very early days of charcoal-fired foot heaters right through the end of 2011 and the advent of R-1234yf. The author, with an engineering career history at Ford Motor Company, also follows the development of engine coolant technology and the development of windshield wipers and washers, making the reasonable case that both are also essential to “controlling” the climate.

A large part of this book’s appeal is that the story is told only briefly in words, with the bulk of several hundred pages presenting historic timelines through the advertising and printed matter of the day. The author has done a remarkable job of collecting and sorting hundreds of photos, clippings, technical and parts manuals and other sources to present a unique view of where the mobile HVAC industry started and how it became today’s high-technology field.

The pictures are informative, nostalgic, and insightful in equal measure, and every reader will have several “wow, I didn’t know that” moments. It’s available now in paperback through the publisher at lulu.com, and also soon via Amazon and other on-line vendors.

The Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s blog has been honored as the best business to business blog in the Automotive Aftermarket by the Automotive Communications Awards and the Car Care Council Women’s Board!

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be, click here for more information.

You can E-mail us at macsworldwide@macsw.org or visit http://bit.ly/cf7az8 to find a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Visit http://bit.ly/9FxwTh to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

The 33rd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Be the Best of the Best will take place February 7-9, 2013 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL.

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Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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