Air conditioning and ecology

« Some Like It Hot » the title of the film goes, but in reality, most of us prefer it cool in summer. It is not always practical to leave all the windows open. For good and for bad, air-conditioning has become a feature of modern life. These days you can work anywhere even in the hottest part of the day in the height of summer.

And air-conditioning is for homes as well as offices. Having it installed means you can sleep on sultry nights. Whether you are working or resting you need never be uncomfortable when the temperature rises. It is the only way to keep cool.

How much does an air-conditioning system consume ?

Now we are all trying to save the planet it is important to know how much power your air-conditioning uses. There will be times of the day when you can economise. It all needs careful planning.

The reality is that it costs more to cool a house than to heat one. But there are a few tricks to improve this situation.  Save the planet and save yourself money by using your air-conditioning system well. Typical average usage is 318 watts hourly. Units automatically cycle their compressors on and off during the day as needed. Some moderner types of unit can be programmed to switch to low power mode when nobody is near them. That can produce quite a saving.

How to reduce its consumption ?

There are specific ways in which you can improve the functioning of your system and reduce consumption. It is a good idea to keep the air conditioning turned lower at night. If you don´t need to cool your whole home, you can make do with less units. You can switch off when you go out. It is also a good idea to rearrange your furniture to make sure nothing is obstructing the passage of that cool air inside. Close vents in cellars and basements and the cooler air will make its way into other parts of the house. Make sure your units are regularly serviced.

Think about hiding your air conditioning with a climate cover

The main drawback to air conditioning units is their appearance. Outside, their large box shape can break up the lines of architecture and spoil the look of any building. Let´s be honest. Most of them are extremely ugly. A redesign is long overdue. These days there is a simple solution. You can maintain all the functionality as well as making them into something that is actually attractive with climate covers (more information on this website).

There are several designs available. They are all easy to assemble by screwing into pre-drilled holes and they can all be adapted by their installers for positioning in a variety of ways on walls or freestanding. For all wood-lovers there is the Lignum model which is made of solid pine. You can paint them any colour you like to match your décor or just leave them plain. They have a rather Scandinavian style unpainted, reminiscent of sauna benches.

Alumen is a chic lacquered aluminium cover. It has a curvilinear pattern like branches and an Art Deco feel. There is lots of space for the air to pass through in this design. It comes in several colours: white, brushed aluminium, anthracite grey, glossy black and ivory. Last but not least, there is Dumis, a cover with artificial leaves on a rigid mesh frame. It will blend perfectly alongside plants on terraces and balconies, or amongst creepers on the facade of a house. The leaves are guaranteed by their maker against colour loss. They are very realistic. You will have to go close to see they are not real. A unit with one of these covers looks exactly like a neatly clipped hedge. The leaves are about the size of bay laurel.

These covers provide a good and economical solution to camouflaging your units. They are high quality. All the parts are manufactured in France. A lot of thought has gone into these designs which are highly adaptable. Panels can be left off and parts can be drilled. More than one cover can be combined if you have several units to cover. The covers are modular and can be combined in a number of ways. They can easily be incorporated into any layout and blend in with even the most stylish exteriors.