Is a Brisbane Summer Without Air Conditioning “Cruel & Unusual Punishment”?
Finally Spring is upon us, and those days of needing a second layer of clothing are just about gone. But then that also means that Summer is only three months away, and the days are going to be getting longer and much hotter. South East Queensland Summers can feel very hot and humid without air conditioning. Our highest rainfall is in Summer – over 426 mm (16″) – and temperatures frequently around 30°C. Until we get the welcome relief of a thunderstorm, the hot humidity can make the air feel like a swimming stroke is needed to get to the letterbox.
So it makes sense that more and more older homes are having air conditioners installed and it’s pretty much standard in a new home. But is air conditioning a human right? The New York Times reports that many jails in southern USA don’t have air conditioning, even where temperatures routinely reach 40°C. Prisoner comfort isn’t high on most voters’ issues list, but the extreme heat can make some health conditions much worse and expose inmates to serious harm. Instead of air conditioning, officials offer cold showers, lots of hydration and fans.
It is a very modern convenience though, and convicted felon or upstanding citizen, generations before us have gone decades if not their whole lives without being pampered by air conditioning. Having said that, when most other buildings and residences are now including air conditioning, it’s hard not to see how people with heart conditions and other chronic health concerns aren’t placed at unnecessary risk when temperatures soar. Here in Queensland and Australia, not all prisons have heating and air conditioning, though some do. It’s probably hard to say that something that was rare until recent decades is a human right.
What’s easy to say is that your home shouldn’t come close to comparing to a prison or punishment in Summer, and so air conditioning is a great asset to increase your enjoyment on those hottest days and add value to your home. Make sure you also get insulation to reduce wasted energy, and get the right size unit so maximum efficiency is achieved.
If you’re considering getting air conditioning installed before the Summer heat hits, now is a great time to avoid the rush and any delay. Give Mick a call and invite him out to give you some free advice and a quote, and plan which unit will be right for you to invest in before Summer.
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