How Consumers are beating the Heat!

Author : teriann

I believe that the sun is getting hotter each day.

The temperatures have been steadily rising throughout the summer months and although we had some unexpected showers early in July, the heat has not abated.

The intense heat has been taking its toll on everyone but especially those of us who live in Kingston and its environs. The heat seems to hover over us in the morning then settle there for the rest of the day.


In a bid to get relief a number of persons have been purchasing more fans than at any other time.

The average cost for a fan is $4,000.00, however standing fans that boast industrial speed can cost up to $16,000.00 or more.

One of the best options is a wall ventilator fan which when placed next to a window can extract the cooler air outside and bring it into the room.  These fans are small but they certainly do the work.  They can cost between $3,000.00 – $4,000.00.

Some persons can afford to step up to purchase an air conditioning split unit. Be careful though of this purchase because it does not end with the just the initial cost.

The cost of installing the air conditioning unit is secondary to the upkeep of the unit. It is tempting to have the air conditioner on for a few hours but that can surely cost you when you are ready to pay your electricity bills!

There is a type of air conditioner that uses inverter technology.  This ensures that the electricity bill remains manageable.

However, the initial cost for the inverter air conditioning unit is almost twice the cost of regular units.  The cost is made more appealing only by a close examination of the reduced electricity bills.

When the inverter air conditioning is switched on, the compressor operates at a high speed in order to cool or heat the room quickly. As the room temperature approaches the set temperature, the compressor slows down.

This maintains a constant temperature and saves energy. Any sudden fluctuation in the room temperature, will be sensed and instantly adjusted to bring the room temperature back to the set temperature. The inverter air conditioning units use between 30-50% less electricity to operate.

So how will you beat the heat this summer?

Let me hear from you!

Teri Ann Renee Paisley

Gleaner online writer


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2 Responses to “How Consumers are beating the Heat!”

  1. I’m in Florida and it so hot and my house is central air so I can just imagine those who don’t have a fan, and how may can afford to buy a fan much less to buy an air conditioner.

  2. teriann says:

    Hey Vernal, we don’t have much central air except for most business places but there are some areas that are cooler than others in Jamaica.

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