It’s a reality, air conditioners don’t cool the planet, they warm it. By sucking in hot air from buildings and releasing it outside, these machines contribute to the warming of the atmosphere. Through simulations, scientists from the National Center for Meteorological Research concluded that if the heat given off by Paris’s air-conditioning equipment were to double by 2030, the temperature rise in the capital’s streets would then be 2°C.
However, according to the International Energy Agency, there will be about 5.6 billion air conditioners in the world by 2050, compared to 2 billion today, consuming the same amount of electricity as China today. With ten new devices sold every second over the next thirty years, this technology will be one of the main sources of global electricity demand. Because on a global scale, their use represents 10% of energy consumption.
The most modern
Ventilate, clean, moisturize, that’s his motto! The Dyson Humidify + Cool Formaldehyde Purifier is the geek on the market. When it’s warmer, a powerful stream of humidified and purified air (the activated carbon filter removes harmful gases from the air and the Hepa H13 filter captures up to 99.95% of particles as small as 0.1 microns) can ventilate the entire room. with a gentle and refreshing breeze. If we appreciate the quieter setting of the night mode, we especially like its voice control, which allows you to set the desired amount of fresh air from the comfort of your sofa or bed.
If the fan also runs on electricity, its impact on the environment is not the same. 1. The fan consumes only 40 kWh compared to 1,450 kWh for the air conditioner. 2. Air conditioning releases refrigerants responsible for increasing greenhouse gases.
And here comes the proverbial snake biting its tail: the higher the temperatures rise, the more we suffer from the heat and the more we want to cool down. The fan friend, whose electrical and portable invention was credited to the American engineer Schuyler Wheeler in 1882, works by mechanical movement. It does not lower the temperature by moving the air, but it has an effect on the perceived temperature.
A real decorative element
Mix the air in your home to avoid sweltering heat… If the system has its limits during temperature peaks or heatstroke, a fan is much more environmentally friendly and economical than an air conditioner. It appears primarily as a decorative element in our interiors.
The most nomadic
Attention those who like to feel the wind blowing in their face… Say hello to Fantastic, a portable USB rechargeable fan for your desk or coffee table. We love its retro 360-degree design, which allows it to move on its own axis: you can place it where you want the wind to blow.
This home appliance is a new field of expression for designers, a device that we no longer hide, but that we expose, such as Smeg refrigerators or Alessi toasters. “The latest generation of fans has an aesthetic dimension or other element,” explains Pauline Glaizal, artistic director of Made in Design.
The most retro
The trend from the 1950s and 1960s has been in our interiors for several years. If you haven’t ventured into vintage style yet, a retro fan (ceiling or floor version) is a great way to start. Choose natural materials (wood, rattan, etc.) in warm colors (brown, mahogany, gold) and bet on models with rounded shapes, which are so dear to Verner Panton, the great master of design of the sixties.
The fan almost becomes an art installation, a totemic object. Among the models, the ceiling lamp returns to the fore: we knew it only in the colonial universe, now it offers a more modern design… There are also types of very high-tech fans, real statutorily connected objects, such as the stand with the enclosure. » And there is something for everyone: misting, humidifying, cleaning the room, spreading mosquito repellents!
The ceiling has long been shunned and is becoming the new playground for decorating die-hards. Thanks to the sensual and silent dance of its blades and low energy consumption, the ceiling fan lamp illuminates interiors. And above all, it proves to be an impressive ally for regulation and uniform air circulation. The Blow model from the Italian publisher Luceplan has successfully removed the fan from the world of household appliances to become a real design object.