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Inventions for the Home
Furniture and Appliances

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By Mary Bellis

Kitchen Appliances
Home Smoke Detectors
Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers
Garbage Bags

Home Office
Home Office Machines

At Home In The Bathroom
Home Beauty Innovations

Who Invented The Coat Hanger?
Door Bell (electric)
The electric door bell was invented by Joseph Henry in 1831.
Fireplace Rumford
Count Rumford (aka Benjamin Thompson) invented the Rumford fireplace in 1796.
Home Security

Home Furniture
Furniture is any household equipment, usually made of wood, metal, plastics, marble, glass, fabrics, or related materials and having a variety of different purposes.
 • Beds
Furniture Casters
Furniture casters were patented by David A. Fisher, on March 14,1876 (U.S. pat#174,794).
Carpet Sweeper
Curtain Rod
The curtain rod was patented by S.R. Scottron, on August 30th.1892 (U.S. pat#481,720), and braces for it were patented by W.S. Grant, on August 4th., 1896 (U.S. pat#565,075).
Home Vacuum Cleaners
Venetian Blinds
A method to adjust the angle of the slats (Venetian blinds) was a 1841, U.S. patent (#2,223) awarded to inventor John Hampson of New Orleans.
Metallic Screening
Metallic screening used in screen doors and windows was patented (#297,382) on April 22, 1884 by John Golding of Chicago, Illinois.

Heating and Cooling
Home Cooling
In 1886, Schulyer Wheeler invented the electric fan, a principal method of home cooling until Willis Haviland Carrier, the father of air conditioning, designed the first scientific system to clean, circulate, and control the temperature and humidity of air in homes.
The radiator was invented by American, William Baldwin. His process of making radiators of cast iron brought central heating into the homes of most Americans by the start of the 20th century.
Water Heaters
Home Heating
"The earliest method of providing interior home heating was an open fire. Central heating appears to have been invented in ancient Greece, but it was the Romans who became the supreme heating engineers of the ancient world with their hypocaust system. Central heating was adopted for use again in the early 19th century when the Industrial Revolution caused an increase in the size of buildings for industry, residential use, and services." - Britannica
In 1885, the Blast Furnace Charger was patented by Fayette Brown.
Household Tools

The Backyard
Swimming Pools
Lawn Mowers
The History of Tents
Throughout recorded history tents have provided temporary and transportable accommodation for use mainly during war (be it on the march or during a siege).
Fly Swatter
Pink Flamingos
Don Featherstone of Massachusetts invented the pink flamingo lawn ornament in 1957.

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