As a result of climate change, British summers are becoming longer and hotter. Four out of five of the hottest days in Britain’s history have occurred since 2019, all reaching record temperatures of over 37°C. With El Niño, a climate event responsible for raising temperatures globally, also set to return this year, many households will be looking for ways to feel more comfortable during a summer that is predicted to reach unprecedented highs.
This consumer guide is the third from the leading UK air appliances brand Meaco. Previous guides have provided practical advice for consumers on how to identify energy-efficient, cost-saving appliances and how to choose the most cost-effective dehumidifier for their needs.
Quiet cooling appliances have been in high demand over the past few summers to help consumers to get a good night’s sleep during prolonged weeks of uncomfortable nights. With more people now working remotely than ever before, finding a quiet cooling solution for the home is increasingly a must-have during the summer.
“Last year’s summer heatwave in saw a surge in consumers purchasing fans and air conditioning products,” explains Chris Michael, managing director of Meaco. “This year, UK households are particularly discerning when it comes to buying new products due to the energy crisis and running costs of appliances. Our guide provides both the information consumers need to buy the right products for their need, but also helps households understand how much these products will cost to run.”
Meaco launched its first range of cooling products in 2017, building on its experience developing air treatment products such as dehumidifiers and air purifiers for both trade and household use. This latest cooling guide provides a wealth of technical detail for those looking to buy a portable air conditioner, taking readers through a range of calculations to understand the level of heat in a room, so the machine can treat the temperature and provide the intended cooling effect.
“Portable air conditioners have been gaining popularity as the British summers get hotter,” explains Chris. “The number of occupants and appliances as well as the lighting and windows in a room can impact its temperature, and while an air circulator fan can provide a ventilation and relief, it’s air conditioning that truly can reduce the heat in a room. The guide provides formulas for consumers should they wish to know exactly how much heat is emitted in a room, and therefore what size portable air conditioner to purchase.
Established in 1991 Meaco is a leading air purification specialist with products including award-winning dehumidifiers, cooling fans, air purifiers, portable air conditioners and humidifiers. Meaco is a winner of multiple Which? Best Buy and Good Housekeeping Institute Tried and Tested Awards, and has achieved the Quiet Mark status for a number of products. It has also won an award from Stiftung Warentest in Germany for its 1056 and 1056P fans.