Tired of spending money on high energy bills due to air conditioners & long-hours Load Shedding? Well, Australian inventor Professor James Trevelyan has probably brought an easy solution for you in the form of the Close Comfort personal air conditioner that utilizes less than 350-watt energy to operate. This means it requires the same amount of energy used to power two ceiling fans, which is quite low compared to conventional air conditioners.
The inventor of Close Comfort, James Trevelyan is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Western Australia and a self-confessed “mango addict.” To cater to his addiction, James spends six to eight weeks in Pakistan every summer, on a quest to snarf them down when they’re at their ripest. He’s been doing this for decades.
Unfortunately for James, his summer journeys also coincide with the hottest time of the year in Pakistan. Electricity demand is at its peak, and the antiquated power generation and distribution system aren’t able to keep up. This results in forced outages, also known as “load shedding.” In soaring temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius, consumers have to bear with electricity shortages that can last several hours at a stretch.
Of course, elite segments of society get by on expensive alternate sources of power generation, helping them run their air conditioners and refrigerators. Others install battery-powered units that run things like fans and tube lights. But a vast segment of society can afford neither of these and are left to fend for themselves.
“One night, I was lying in bed, sweating profusely and seeing the mosquitoes aim for me. I thought to myself that there has to be a better solution, one which uses less power. This was the genesis of the idea,” James tells.
It is a pioneering patented innovation for effective cooling for up to two persons in a room, while using minimum power. Due to extremely low energy consumption, the AC can even work on a regular domestic UPS or alternate sources of electricity like generators or solar powered energy inducers. Another good thing about the AC is that it doesn’t waste energy in cooling large spaces, unlike conventional air conditioners. In fact, it is installed with Smart Air Flow Technology that directs cool air towards a particular direction where it is needed, providing cool environment even on the hottest of summer days.
Close Comfort can be used both indoors and outdoors, as it doesn’t require completely isolated space for cooling like typical air conditioners. Weighing 17kg- the AC unit is lightweight and compact, therefore, it can be easily transported from one place to another. Moreover, it can work for long hours efficiently without requiring additional batteries, gas refills, etc. Besides being a personal AC unit for domestic purpose, it can also be used commercially in offices, hospitals, and other public areas.
The price of Close Comfort AC in Pakistan is Rs. 29,000.
Alongside physical outlets in various cities, Close Comfort can be bought online through Daraz for Rs. 29,000.
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