Sleepless nights in an overheated bed, difficulty concentrating in front of the computer or sweating on the sofa: the heat at home can spoil the mood. This is the reason why the demand for air conditioners is increasing. But not all models are recommended.
Air conditioners are most often installed in the bedroom – about 70% – but also in the dining room or living room, Steve Winkel, service manager of Bühlmann Kühlanlagen AG in Studen (BE), told the Keystone-ATS news agency. The demand for air conditioners for the home has already increased in recent years, but especially in recent weeks due to the heat. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic of working from home could also have contributed to this.
Figures from online retailers also show this. Among the latter, the increase in sales of air conditioners and fans is huge: according to their own data, the online retailer Microspot sold almost 15 times more air conditioners and nine times more fans than the previous year, and its competitor Digitec-Galaxus, respectively. nine and five times more. For reasons of competition, these traders do not provide specific figures.
A spokesperson for Brack.ch interpreted the increase in revenue to mean that air coolers are a relatively small category with few products, representing only a small share of revenue in absolute terms. According to him, the increase is not unusual, even if the curve for the turnover gives a little more waves and is a little higher than the past two years.
At Microspot, sales of air conditioners already experienced a first peak at the end of June, “the current heat wave trend may further increase demand”, the press service states.
Simple and versatile
Consumers will often turn to fans because they are simple and versatile. But devices with a humidification function are also very popular because the water cools them down.
According to Digitec-Galaxus’ own information, these are primarily pedestal fans and mobile air conditioning systems that can easily be stored in the basement after the summer. Customers do not hesitate to put their hands in their pockets.
Energy-wise not sensible
However, the service manager of Bühlmann Kühlanlagen advises against these mobile air conditioners. They are “not sensible at all” from an energy point of view. With it, warm air is sucked out of the room and out through the window. “This creates a depression in the room, which causes the warm air to re-enter from all the other corners of the house”, explains the specialist.
Only in emergencies, where you can’t do anything else – for example, when you live in the attic and the owner does not allow permanent installation – can mobile air conditioning systems be suitable.
Stress for the body
Naturopath Lena Haag, who has a practice in Biel (BE), generally advises against air conditioning. According to her, the temperature variations between a warm outside and a cold inside are tantamount to stress for the body.
People often do not perceive the extreme performance of the body. Temperature adjustments take place, where, for example, the sleep-wake rhythm and blood pressure are regulated. If the body is exposed to temperature variations, it also suffers in other areas.
Lemon balm, linden and peppermint, for example, help cope with the heat. Mrs Haag also advises to cool rooms naturally and avoid large temperature differences – even if slow adaptations are hardly possible today.
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