Will “Cool Clothing” Singal the End of Air Conditioning?

air-conditioningHow many times have you been at work when the individual next to your is wearing three layers of clothing and is still shivering during the summer because the air conditioning is on, yet the ambient temperature seems warm to you? That scene is typical in the United Kingdom where many people do not have air conditioning in their homes, yet come to work in an office where the air seems cold to them.

Help may be on the way, however, for those individuals who always seem to feel warmer than the next person in a climate-controlled indoor environment. Researchers at Stanford University in the United States have developed a fabric that when placed next to the skin, allows body heat to escape but prevents light and heat from penetrating. Fabrics that incorporate this textile could, in effect, reduce skin surface temperature by as much as 4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Researchers working on the fabric believe that if individuals wear such clothes, the need for air conditioning in commercial buildings will be reduced, thus reducing overall energy needs. This new textile, called nanoPE, allows cooling of the skin surface through thousands of tiny holes that allow infrared light to pass through while reflecting visible light. Perspiration can also evaporate through the material.

All of this sounds well and good but what about persuading people to wear the material? Right. It probably won’t happen in the near future. Until then, climate control is the best choice for everyone to remain comfortable in your office. As such, you need a reliable contractor to provide for all of your climate control needs, from installation through maintenance and repair. Complete Cooling Systems Ltd. is your reliable source for all of your needs in the greater London area, Surrey and Kent. Contact our offices today for a no-obligation consultation.