Europe, regarded as the lowest user of air-conditioners globally, describes the use of such as a foreign concept, but the sizzling heatwave that’s sweeping the continent this summer is forcing a rethink.

Less than five percent of all European households had air-conditioning until the recent heatwave compared with 90 percent in the United States.

 

There has been prediction that due to the heatwave raging across Europe, air-conditioner stock is estimated to double within the next two decades, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.

 

Europe this week encountered “the most punishing” heatwave that is expected to shatter all-time high records with temperatures getting to 108 Fahrenheit (42C) in Paris and 102.2 (39C) in London on Thursday, while the mercury in Belgium reached a record of 103.8F on Wednesday.

In the sweltering heat, lack of air-conditioning has become a problem at home, in public transport and several other places.

In recent weeks in Germany, residents have been sharing maps on social media of air-conditioned buildings and cafes in their area, fans and portable cooling systems are sold out.

Employers are worried that the lack of cooling is killing productivity.

Lately, air conditioning’s unpopularity in Europe has not been based on anything, climate change included, but in fact, there was no need for that since summers in some parts of Europe can still feel more like mild winters to Texas or Arizona residents.

After predictions of the impending heatwave, sales of fans and air conditioners have surged across Europe in recent months, including in France and Austria.

 

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