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Rising prosperity promotes air conditioning

  • Cooling degree days multiplied by population is indicative of an urban area’s potential need for air conditioning
  • Nearly all of the highest ranking metropolitan areas by cooling degree days are in the developing world
  • Demand for air conditioning typically increases with rising incomes and urbanization
  • 5 of the 15 warmest, most densely populated cities are in India
  • Smart design, insulation and temperature controls can greatly improve building energy efficiency and comfort

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