Because Movies and Air Conditioning Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly: Facts about HVAC and Tom Hanks

Did you know that air conditioning has gone hand in hand with the movies since the early days of our industry? We’ll get to why in a minute, but in the meantime, it’s a beautiful summer day! School is starting for many of the younger set in the San Gabriel Valley and it’s time to sit back, and enjoy the relative quiet that only an afternoon in an appropriately air conditioned office can bring. In a world that seems to thrive on bad news, here are some fun facts you may not know about HVAC or Air-Tro’s favorite movie actor, Tom Hanks.

#1. Tom Hanks collects manual typewriters.

Who knew? According to podcasters at Nerdist, however, Tom Hanks owns more than 50, with photographs and even videos of himself typing on them posted to social media. In fact, to lure him into doing an interview, the Nerdist team actually sent him a vintage 1934 Smith Corona. See below: Mr. Hanks replied with his own typewritten letter in kind.

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Letter received by podcasters at Nerdist from Mr. Hanks.

#2. Movies Became Popular With the Help of the HVAC Industry.

Movie theaters in the 1920s installed air conditioning to lure theatergoers into their large auditoriums. While HVAC technology was still too new to be economically feasible for most Americans, theater owners knew that consumers would enjoy a cool couple of hours inside a darkened theater. For the price of a movie ticket, who wouldn’t want to cool off? Movie going became a popular solution for many who endured the otherwise oppressive summer heat throughout the Eastern seaboard and the South.

#3. Tom Hanks is a Campaign Chair for the Hidden Heroes Campaign.

A part of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, the Hidden Heroes Campaign is devoted to providing support and recognition to the more than 5.5 million caregivers of American military personnel and seriously injured veterans. Tom Hanks plays an active role in both its fundraising efforts and overall awareness of the campaign.

#4. Sealing Air Leaks and Adding Insulation Results in up to a 30% Increase in Energy Efficiency.

Remember, no matter how advanced your air conditioner, the system has to work harder if you have lots of hot air entering or cool air escaping your home. Drafts, leaks, and lack of insulation can cost you big money every month in utility bills that might be far higher than they should be. Have a certified HVAC consultant assess your home or office for ways to seal windows and doors, reduce leaks and improve overall energy efficiency. You’ll be amazed at the ways you can save.

#5 Tom Hanks’s brother is a noted University of Illinois Professor and Entomologist.

Dr. Lawrence Hanks has served at the university for more than 20 years, enjoying as much fame among those in his field as his brother does in cinema.

In fact, in a recent interview with Stephen Colbert, Tom Hanks described meeting several entomology students who were more interested in hearing about his brother than his own career as a movie actor and celebrity. Jokingly, he confessed to Colbert, “So I was like the famous guy’s brother, you know, at the thing. And it rattled me.”

#6 An electronic air cleaner is 40% more efficient than a standard air filter in removing pollutants and particulates from your home or office.

If you or your loved ones suffer from allergies, now is the time to investigate the air sanitizer options offered by our company. New technology means cleaner air and greater indoor comfort for your family. Don’t endure the health consequences of serious allergies when there are viable ways to lessen your exposure.

We don’t know what kind of air conditioning, if any, Mr. Hanks enjoys, but if his choice of movie roles is any indication, we have a feeling he has good taste. Stay cool, everyone, and see you at the movies!

You don’t have to go to the movies to experience cool indoor comfort with Air-Tro. Call us today to find out how the latest in HVAC technology means cost effective air conditioning solutions for your home or business. (626) 357-3535.