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Global cooling energy consumption will outstrip heating demand by 2060

Targets for global warming are set to be destroyed by the increasing demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, according to a report from the Guardian.

The article states that worldwide electricity consumption for air conditioning is predicted to rise 33-fold by 2100, with Americans already using as much power to cool buildings as Africa’s entire electricity demand. Meanwhile, 2010 saw 50 million new domestic air-conditioning units bought in China, where the number of homes with a refrigerator rose from 7 per cent to 95 per cent between 1995 and 2007.

As the earth becomes warmer and the middle class expands in developing economies, experts foresee a ‘cold crunch’ whereby the demand for air conditioning and refrigeration causes carbon emissions targets to become untenable.

Residential air conditioning is merely the tip of the iceberg. Hotels, restaurants, healthcare centres and education facilities are just some of the non-domestic buildings that increasingly rely on air conditioning for the comfort of occupants. With the need for air conditioning set to rise indefinitely, building managers must look for ways to make HVAC systems as energy efficient as possible.

Gibbons HVAC Services have worked in the industrial, commercial and hospitality sectors for many years and provide a comprehensive package of sales, installation, repair and servicing. Using state-of-the-art components, we’re able to significantly improve energy efficiency, which reduces maintenance costs and extends the operational life of equipment.

So if you’re interested in boosting the efficiency of your air-conditioning system, call Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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