Air Conditioner Technician Wins $4 Million Competition
A California air conditioner technician has won $4 million in the air conditioning industry’s biggest prize.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health announced Tuesday that Dr. Christopher Hines of Irvine, Calif., won the $3.4 million Grand Prize for his design of a “comfort air conditioners.”
The winner is named after Hines’ wife, who is a nurse practitioner.
Hines won his $3 million award for his work on the Comfort Air Conditioners, which are used to cool air-conditioning equipment at home and office.
The company said it will use the money to support a training program for workers who want to become certified air conditioning technicians.
Air conditioners are widely used in hot and humid climates and have been touted as a way to keep people cool while working.
The award was the second in three years for Hines, who received $1.5 million in 2011 for his Air Conditioning System for Home Use, which uses the same cooling technology as the Comfort air conditionering system.