Refrigerators: The Big Chill – On the House

Refrigerators: The Big Chill

By on January 3, 2014

Thomas Moore coined the term “refrigerator” in 1803. Today, nearly 200 years later, it’s still called a refrigerator, but little else remains the same

In 1803, Thomas Moore introduced the icebox. It was insulated metal in a wood box that kept foods fresh longer. Describing his new invention, Moore coined the term “refrigerator.” Today, nearly 200 years later, it’s still called a refrigerator, but little else remains the same. Electric cooling now includes a freezer that makes it’s own ice.

There are adjustable shelves, see-through bins, and diagnostic readouts monitor operation. New top freezers have ice and water dispensers too — side-by-side. There are small undercounter units with lighted glass doors and new big doublewides with two huge doors. Moore’s invention has come a long way — from an ice box to the “big chill.”

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