Air conditioning is the most selfish invention in the world: or how to want to be cold when everyone is dying of heat, even if it means adding a few extra degrees to the air just to raise the atmosphere (and heat the climate well as it should). So many good reasons to hate air conditioning… a summer nuisance perhaps even worse than that of those bastard mosquitoes!
1. Because it creates confusion between colleagues
Between those who are on the verge of vagal discomfort because of the heat, and the others who complain of getting bronchitis as soon as they feel a trickle of air conditioning caressing the back of their neck, air conditioning is THE subject of tension in the office. during summer. Moreover, if everyone leaves in July and August, it is obviously to avoid experiencing this kind of mutiny!
2. Because you can die of thermal shock from the air conditioning
No, the thermal shock is not reserved for bathing enthusiasts after swallowing a Savoyard fondue. Cases exist of people suffering from cardiac arrest when they left an air-conditioned room, to go and strut around in the middle of a dodger. Note that the risks would be greater when at least 10 degrees separate a cooled room from a place that is not. The kind of info that throws a chill!
3. Because it’s a misogynistic invention
Air conditioners were invented in the 1960s at a time when the majority of corporate offices were occupied by men. The standard settings of the devices have thus been designed to guarantee a temperature of 21-22 degrees which corresponds to the well-being of these gentlemen. Problem, the metabolism of women produces on average 35% less heat and the feeling of cold is felt at home below 25°… 3 degrees which count when it comes to agreeing on the right temperature in the offices for example (see point n°1).
4. Because air conditioners contribute to global warming
To operate, an air conditioner rejects the heat it has pumped out to cool the interior of a room. Studies have shown that, on average, air conditioning is responsible for a rise in city temperatures of between 1 and 1.5 degrees. A vicious circle which therefore consists in increasing the heat from which we seek to protect ourselves, and which also has the further defect of consuming a lot of electricity… itself often complicit in global warming. And the worst is yet to come since the number of air conditioners in the world should increase from 1.5 million units (in 2019) to 5.6 billion in 2050… if we are still there.
5. Because it’s a blow to alienate all your neighbors
The outdoor units of air conditioners not only give off heat, but also quite a bit of noise. Moreover, the hotter it is, the more the decibel level of these devices increases, reaching more than 60 decibels for certain models, which is the equivalent of a street with a lot of car traffic. Suffice to say that your neighbors used to sleeping with the windows open to cool their room a little, will have a bad time. Not to mention the possible vibrations of this same outdoor unit which sometimes spread over the entire facade.
6. Because it’s a bacteria nest
Legionellosis, does that mean anything to you? This
filth bacterium that causes respiratory distress by attacking the lungs develops in particular in poorly maintained air conditioning systems in buildings or hospital-type buildings. Do not panic, cases remain rare with air conditioners installed in private homes. As for the air conditioning of planes or trains, the filters would be as effective as those used in the operating theaters of hospitals.
7. Because it’s a deathblow
Our noses hate air conditioning! The fault of the small blood vessels that run through our nostrils and which spend their time expanding to help the body eliminate excess heat, and contracting when we use the air conditioning. Result: the mucous membranes are irritated and allow the slightest dust or virus to pass through, such as sore throats, rhinitis, sinusitis and other pleasures that were thought to be reserved for the winter months.
8. Because you’ll see all your friends turn up during the heat wave
In addition to becoming embedded, these pests, which are usually reluctant to come and see you the rest of the year, are walking heaters set to 37 degrees. Suffice to say that your air conditioner will have a job to cool all these beautiful people.
9. Because they are money pumps
Much like temperatures, the price of air conditioners goes up during the summer. And that figures quickly, especially if the surface to be refreshed is large or spread over several rooms. Air-conditioning your apartment costs a few thousand euros depending on the number of units and their power. But the bill does not stop there. In addition to their electricity consumption, air conditioners are sold with an annual maintenance contract, often required by condominium associations. Expenses to plan for that could give your budget a boost.
10. Because air conditioning is a drug that is hard to get off
Our body is able to get used to anything, including high heat, provided we give it time. By staying too stuck next to the air conditioning, our body takes advantage of life by taking it easy, until the moment when we will force it to set foot outside. And here is the drama. Our brain panics, sends sweat all over our body in an attempt to lower the temperature, followed by tingling to alert the brain that things are not going well, before using the little strength we have left to take refuge at home. under the protection of our air conditioning. Without knowing it, our body has become addicted to air conditioning and we have enough for the whole summer!