Air conditioning can account for over 30% of the annual electricity consumption of a typical office in areas like Newcastle Upon Tyne and Leeds. Around 10% of commercial floor space was air conditioned in 1994. This is expected to rise to 40% by 2020.
A combination of factors result in the increased use of air conditioning:-
Much attention is now quite correctly paid to the efficiency of the energy consumption of air conditioning systems. This section of the website gives an overview of the factors which can affect the energy efficient operation of an air conditioning system.