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Why Does Germany Not Have Air Conditioning
12
December
2022

We moved from Florida to Germany in July, a few summers ago. As we were from Florida (and Texas before that), we were used to air conditioning as it is a necessity most of the year. Imagine our surprise to come here and not have air conditioning in our temporary accommodation. While those first few days were a bit difficult, jet lag, new environment, new language, we quickly discovered how to properly use our roller shutters in conjunction with some circulating floor fans. And life was suddenly more manageable. In the United States of America, it doesn`t matter where you go. All offices, malls, shops or restaurants are cooled to 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius) in summer. Yes, the Americans may exaggerate, but the Germans are the other extreme. But what about those who live in apartments on the basis without shutters? Yes, here at Engineering Flight we are aware of this issue and have taken steps to program three unfunded projects worth $469,000 for Landstuhl and another 35 unfunded projects worth $6.4 million for Vogelweh housing units. Meanwhile, there are interior blinds that can be supplemented with blackout curtains that are available for the local economy. SCHMITZ: And yes, he says, every time he visits America in the summer, he catches a cold from every air conditioner.

He says he usually can`t wait to get home, where the best remedy for the heat is open windows, a neighborhood fountain and his local beer garden. The shutters are a complete closing of the window. They usually roll down and prevent almost all sunlight (as well as heavy rain and storms) from entering windows and significantly reduce heat buildup, inherently cooling the inside of your home. Most German homes have some sort of roller shutter on each window, which can be operated manually via cranks or automated with an electric motor. Normally, it`s not too hot during most months of the year, with average temperatures ranging from below single digits and relatively low double-digit temperatures in spring and autumn. During these moderate days, it`s actually best to open a window to let in a cool breeze. For this reason, many families choose not to invest in air conditioning. What`s more, the constant operation of an air conditioner can also add unwanted costs to your electricity bills. That`s why many Germans choose to stick with their conventional rotor fans. Most German homes do not have air conditioning, and although there are many factors to consider, mainly: air conditioning is very inefficient; It is expensive to install and operate; It`s not profitable and it`s only really beneficial for a few weeks each summer. However, there are many easier and cheaper ways to cope with higher temperatures during those four to six weeks of high temperatures in the summer and beat the heat without air conditioning. It`s a choice that holds the uncanny secret of Europe`s reluctance to use air conditioning, a mix of culture, climate, architecture, regulation and foreign policy that makes some of the world`s richest people sweat for a few weeks every summer.

I hear them, but at the same time, they use air conditioning in cars. It`s also wasteful, and it`s nothing, you can roll down the windows, right? No one but the poor does this without air conditioning. Garrisons adhere to the guidelines of Installation Management Command Europe. For non-administrative areas such as residential buildings, the guidelines allow air conditioning only in places where the dry bulb temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer for 650 hours or more during the hottest six months of the year. Ansbach, Germany, only reaches these temperatures for a maximum of 200 hours, well below IMCOM-E approval requirements. While I mentioned that it`s usually not warm enough during the year to make the air conditioning worthwhile, temperatures have risen in recent years. Nowadays, many people are looking for alternative solutions. In recent years, portable fans and air conditioners have even been sold in shops around Düsseldorf. Fifth, it is the holidays. Many Europeans take long summer holidays. In France, even air conditioners are on vacation.

Almost three out of four Europeans said they would travel this summer. Those who stay at home participate in the rich tradition of the continent`s public space, such as beer gardens, café terraces and public parks. Or take a nap – doze off during the hottest part of the day. When I use Google to research if it`s illegal to have AC in German, he said yes. A more common option would be an industrial fan that can act as an air conditioner. If you`re concerned about energy savings, perhaps a small portable air conditioner that plugs in and plugs in when temperatures drop a few weeks later is the best option. Larger devices are obviously more expensive and less portable, but they have the advantage of offering cooler temperatures at higher speeds for more sprawling homes. The best air conditioner for you depends on the size of your home as well as your overall budget. Second, electricity is expensive. Long before the war in Ukraine plunged the continent into an energy crisis, EU electricity prices were more than double the US average, while incomes are lower. In 2016, for example, retail electricity prices in Germany were about three times higher than in Texas.

This is partly because the continent is investing heavily in clean energy. Ironically, Bourquin said, the coming gas crisis could actually help establish air conditioning — by encouraging Europeans to replace gas heaters with energy-efficient heat pumps that can also run air conditioning in the summer. ROB SCHMITZ, BYLINE: The closest thing Berliner Andy Grub gets closest to the air conditioner is this fountain in front of his building. To be honest, I hate it when a tram/train/bus doesn`t have a proper ventilation system or at least air conditioning to reduce the smell of people who don`t bathe regularly. But at this time of year, many choose to ride a bike instead of taking transportation. Air conditioners can also pose health and safety risks. Overloaded outlets are a home fire hazard, and uncontrolled condensation of water from an AC device can lead to mold growth, according to USAG Ansbach. In Germany, we need more than 650 hours with a dry temperature above 26.7 degrees Celsius or 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Which doesn`t seem like much. According to 14. The weather relay was the highest number of hours we have ever reached above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, in 2018 with 382 hours. On average, here in southeastern Germany, about 50 years ago, we were above 80 degrees for an average of 192 hours.

Even in the last 20 years, that number is only slightly higher at 211. If this sounds like a counterintuitive response to a heat wave, it`s because Europe is simultaneously in the midst of a huge energy crisis, while Russia cuts off the continent`s natural gas supply. As EU member states try to cut gas consumption by 15% in winter to avoid power outages or industrial shutdowns – and Paris Agreement emissions targets are coming by 2030 – bringing millions of new air conditioners online is currently not an option. Air conditioners account for only 1% of building energy consumption in Europe, compared to 10% in the US. Sixth, there is architecture. The European building stock is old. In most EU countries, more than half of the building stock was built before 1970. As a result, very few houses with air conditioning were built. Tenants may not want to invest in a home they may not be able to take with them.

Homeowners will have to pay for a complex and time-consuming installation that may require drilling into concrete, approval from a cooperative committee, and even approval from the local government. SCHMITZ: But Carson Hoth from Berlin says there`s really only one reason why he doesn`t buy an AC device. Fourth, there is the gap between the office and the home. European workplaces, including some factories, shopping malls, shops and offices, are more likely to have air conditioning than housing. Modern office buildings, in which the windows cannot be opened, are of course all air-conditioned. Remote work remains rare in Europe, and many workers have continued to commute to the office on some of the hottest days in the continent`s history. This means fewer people sit in homes that are not air-conditioned during the hottest times of the day. Air conditioning is not only good for your health. It`s also good for your home.

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