By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
I-Mei Foods CEO Luis Ko, a devotee to the cause of environmental protection, said on his Facebook page on Sunday that the government’s measures to ban turning on air conditioning before indoor temperature reaches 28 degrees Celsius in government offices is wrong because the measures did not take into consideration the “relative humidity.”
He urged the government to change the regulations even though the intention is right.
People turn on air conditioning to create a comfortable environment and boost work efficiency; but comfort does not only involve temperature, relative humidity is even more important, Ko said. The human body will feel comfortable in an indoor environment where “the temperature is 30 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity is below 55 percent,” or where “the temperature is 32 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity is below 50 percent,” and in both cases air conditioning is not necessary, Ko added.
When the indoor temperature reaches 28 degrees Celsius, and turning on air conditioning will consume more electricity than bringing down the relative humidity, Ko suggested that in this situation only a few small dehumidifiers are needed to bring the relative humidity below 60 percent to achieve comfortable feeling. [FULL STORY]