MoP proposes change in default temperature setting in ACs

The MoP has proposed to change the mandatory default setting for air conditioners (ACs) to 24 °C, from the current minimum setting of 18 °C. It has asked AC manufacturers to regulate the default settings of the units in order to promote power efficiency. The proposed move follows a study carried out by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), as per which a 1 °C increase in AC temperature can save about 6 per cent of electricity. The BEE has issued an advisory to consumers of commercial buildings to maintain an internal temperature range of 24-25 °C. These guidelines are currently applicable to large commercial premises such as airports, hotels, government buildings, shopping malls offices.

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