Errrm - I think you will find that flatulence gas is mostly methane -
that's a greenhouse gas certainly - but not ozone depleting...
If you are going to spout nonsense you could at least try to get some
basis in scientific fact.
into that place - no aircon, the walls are 3 feet thick and the south-
west elevation has covered by a well-trained peach tree. This prevents
direct sunlight hitting the walls.
Remember the landrover trick of fitting a double-skinned roof to
vehicles destined for the tropics.
YOU try working in a tin topped uninsulated factory unit in
Johannesburg, with intenal temperatures goind up top 40C, and the
heatsink you left in the sun, measuring 55C BEFORE YOU EVEN SWITCHED IT ON.
I remember complaining to my boss that I could no longer work as my
sweat was making the ink run on the circuit I was drawing.
"No problem" he said. "Today we drink beer instead?"
So we did.
Sleeping at night in a tin topped house with no insulation was equally
Ive been in full humidity 40C + conditions (Mexico), and near Death
Valley, been up and about by day peaking around 55C and at night
something like 50C without aircon.
And in this country you whinge if it gets over 30C.
Wusses the lot of you.
This isn't a survival exercise you know...
I'm sure we could cope very well without CH - one or two wood
stoves would keep enough of the house warm enough through the
winter. But we *choose* to have CH because it makes life that
little bit more pleasant.
My reasons for installing aircon are very similar. I've survived
perfectly well without it for many years, and I'm sure I'd
continue to do so. But since there are new two of us working
from home, it seemed sensible to spend a little money on
something which will ultimately make the summer more pleasant.
My God! That's exactly what we're like. The eternal battle for
control of the bedroom TRV...
The odd thing is, I really think I like my room temperature
higher in the winter than I do in the summer. The living room is
at about 22C, and that's just right for me at the moment. I
suspect that come summertime, the aircon will go on as soon as
the temperature creeps above 21C!
Maybe it's just a humidity thing.
There is a perfectly simple explanation for that, and that is relative
humidity. I am not a very fat person really, tho fatter than I was, and
I can lose a LOT of heat by sweating - especially if its dry ...women
are better padded mostly, and don't. In summer, teh interanl unheated RH
is up well above 50%, my fl;oorboards swell, and I feel hot.
In winetr, the air is heated, RH comes down, my floor boards shrink
again, and I feel cold.
I can handle dry deser air up to 50C, but tropical rainforest at 40C is
Yes. IU run the car climate control at about 21C in summer with the sun
pouring in, and 22-23C in winter...a good trick in the car is to use
aircon and the heater to dry the air out in summer.
This is rapidly declining into I can stand it hotter than you pi$$ing
Much depends on what you are acclimatised to... I worked with some
students from Oman once - in mid summer when we all though it was
uncomfortably hot they, were still wearing jumpers.
Another point to consider - is just because you may be able to function
in a 40 deg environment - it is not going to do the reliability of the
computer equipment you are working with much good.
Not really - if you don't like the heat / humidity - can use air con to
fix it - and accept the implications (cost etc) of using it then what is
Personally I find once the temperature gets to 30 ish in my office I can
no longer work properly on concentrate for long periods, so I become
less productive. That costs me money - using air con in those
circumstances is not just because I am a wuss (which I freely admit - so
what?), it is also economic good sense.
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