Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning

Sturtevant was an early pioneer in the industry with the first industrial process air conditioning installation at the Walter Baker Chocolate factory in 1907. In 1910, they introduced the first commercially engineered system for railway passenger cars. By 1946, over 8500 passenger cars on more than 40 railways were utilizing complete Railvane systems or apparatus in the form of fans, condenser and evaporator coils, ice water units, heating coils and other supplementary equipment such as toilet and kitchen exhaust fans. Frederick Wittenmeier is credited with designing the first hotel installation in 1906 but all the equipment used was Sturtevant.

The company would design and engineer installations in departent stores, theatres, hotels, hospitals and public buildings, bakeries, breweries, printing plants, textile mills and numerous other industrial plants through the 1950s.

The Westinghouse Precipitron, the first electrostatic air cleaner, was developed in 1935 and brought to Sturtevant in 1945.

In 1954, the Air Conditioning Division became a separate operating division with its relocation to Westinghouse's huge new plant in Staunton, VA. This would remain the headquarters for their commercial-industrial air conditioning until its sale to McQuay in 1982.


A compact washer for simple ventilating systems
Air Washer (Type S)
All general work in washing and humidifying
Air Washer (Type C/H)
Humidified and filtered air
Humidifilter
Heated in the winter, cooled in the summer
Speed Heater-Cooler
(Draw-Thru) Freon or chilled water for Railcars
Railvane (Type 1)
(Blow-Thru) Freon or chilled water for Railcars
Railvane (Type 2)
Heating or cooling in homes, offices or stores
Unit A/C
Humidifier for home or office
Humidifier
Humidification only
Speed Humidifier
Found in theatres, public buildings, process industries and cold storage rooms
Filticooler
Removed coolant oil mist from air
Precipitron - Oil Mist
For general application
Precipitron
Air Washer (Type S)
Air Washer (Type C/H)
Humidifilter
Speed Heater-Cooler
Railvane (Type 1)
Railvane (Type 2)
Unit A/C
Humidifier
Speed Humidifier
Filticooler
Precipitron - Oil Mist
Precipitron
Precipitron - Cabinet Unit