For many of the population living in warmer countries, life without air conditioning would be a struggle. Even after looking at the discomforts brought by warmer summers and heatwaves in Europe, we also appreciate the comforts and convenience of smart climate control in the UK.
What are the differences?
Both ‘air conditioning’ and ‘climate control’ deal with the temperatures of an area, but they both do so differently. Put simply, where air conditioning deals with cooling the air, climate control does so with smart technology. For example, climate control allows a user to select a temperature to maintain, and the climate control computer will sense and maintain this temperature by turning up or lowering the air conditioning unit to suit this.
Climate control across the globe
Around the world, climate control is mainly used to create comfortable living environments in some of the world’s usually-inhospitable places. For example, in the 1950s, only 28% of the United States lived within the Sun Belt that stretches across the southeast and southwest of the United States. In 2000, this had increased to 40% of its population. This surge in popularity was attributed to the renewed image that came with the name ‘the Sun Belt’, as well as the “mechanically cool” comfort to balance the previous view of the Southern states being uncomfortably muggy.
Not only does the United States benefit from more inviting living temperatures either according to the Guardian notes. Both China and India, two countries which can see uncomfortably hot temperatures, have seen their population increase rapidly; certainly, without the benefit of air conditioning units, this would have been a less inviting concept! In this way, countries are using climate control to make previously intolerably-warm areas far more enticing and actively growing the population in these parts.
Attracting tourism through climate control
There are countries using smart air conditioning to attract tourism too. For example, in India, the ‘Vistadome’ coach on the Kalka-Shimla Railway has been constructed in a hopes of boosting tourism. With a seating capacity of 36, the coach has been designed with a glass roof and air conditioning, designer LED lights and cushioned window interiors. Everything has been constructed with comfort in mind.
Providing hospitality without air conditioning, can prove difficulty especially with the potential risk of an influx of customer complaints. This was felt by many Danish hotels this summer. Due to the heatwave in June to August 2018 across much of Europe, many hotels found themselves woefully underequipped to deal with the uncomfortable conditions. Hotels without climate control facilities suffered a long list of complaints from their guests as a result. In fact, 42 of the 90 reviews left for Copenhagen Admiral Hotel throughout July 2018 commented on the lack of air conditioning within the rooms. And yet, in July 2017, 17 of the 68 reviews noted the issue of rooms being too hot. It’s a lot less than witnessed this year, but still, 25% of guests commenting on rooms being too hot even outside of heatwave conditions suggests that climate control has a significant role in tourism.
Across the world, smart climate control has been used to create the perfect living conditions for both locals and tourists. Without it, we surely wouldn’t see quite so many people travelling to warmer countries for concerns of comfort!