‘Keep It Optimum Cool’: Centre Wants ACs to Be At 24°C

An advisory in this regard is intended to be sent to all commercial and public establishments.

Published24 Jun 2018, 10:34 AM IST
India
1 min read

If the central government has its way, air conditioners (ACs) sold in the country could come with a default setting of 24 degrees Celsius, reports The Times of India. In a bid to save electricity, the default temperature setting in ACs will range from 24 and 26 degrees Celsius only. Further, ACs will also have labels for optimum temperature.

According to a Power Ministry statement, an advisory is intended to be sent to all commercial and public establishments to keep the temperature setting at 24 degrees Celsius. Based on the feedback received over six months, the ministry may make these measures mandatory.

According to a report in The Times of India, the statement had Power Minister RK Singh saying that a number of hotels and offices maintain AC temperatures from 18 to 21 degrees, which he termed as “uncomfortable” and “unhealthy”.

In the past, inefficient and wasteful use of ACs in Delhi has been blamed for the increase in power demand in the city.

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