Govt asks AC makers to maintain default temperature at 24° C

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Govt asks AC makers to maintain default temperature at 24° C

New Delhi: In a bid to check power consumption, the Centre may soon make 24 degree Celsius as the mandatory default setting for air conditioners within a few months. The suggestion came from Power Minister RK Singh, who said on Friday that the government will issues orders in this regard within a few months.

At a meeting with Singh, AC makers were also advised to have to labels indicating the optimum temperature setting for the benefits of consumers both from financial and their health points of view, the Power Ministry said in a statement.

The temperatures settings in ACs will be in the range of 24 to 26 degree Celsius, it said. Singh launched a campaign to promote energy efficiency in the area of air-conditioning.

'Every one-degree increase in the air-conditioner temperature setting results in saving of 6 per cent of electricity consumed,' the statement quoted him as saying.

He added, 'Normal human body temperature is approximately 36-37 degree Celsius, but a large number of commercial establishments, hotels and offices maintain a temperature around 18-21 degree Celsius. This is not only uncomfortable but is actually unhealthy.'

He was of the view that setting the temperature in the range of 18 to 21 degree Celsius compels people to wear warm clothing or use blankets; therefore, this is actually wastage of energy. Some countries like Japan have put in place regulation to keep the temperature at 28 degree Celsius.