Saturday, 23 August 2008

Air conditioning

This grotesque metal box (there's another one on the other side of the wall) makes us feel more comfortable in the middle of a heatwave, which we've just recently been through. It makes life more bearable in the middle of the day. We use the A/C at the most ten days a year; this year has seen an exceptionally coo summer. It's only 11am, and it's 35 degrees Celsius already; by the mid-afternoon, it will have risen to at least 37 degrees, which is by no means the upper limit - last year we experienced temperatures of up to 43 degrees Celsius in the summer, one of the hottest on record.

These unaesthetic blobs are an unavoidable sight in houses and apartment blocks throughout the country. They are the only way of lowering the temperature in a brick and mortar house which is exposed to the sun all day. The screen awning we have placed on the balcony - left - in front of this room (which happens to be the bedroom) only keeps the sun away; it doesn't lower the temperature.

1 comment:

  1. At least it's somewhat hidden. You should see the monstrous things we have here that are either on roofs or hanging on the side of houses.