Do we need air conditioning in Vancouver? This card says no.

It’s been so hot in Vancouver lately, and many convos over dining tables or water coolers talked about the fact that most of us don’t have air conditioning in our homes. And according to this new map, which is based on global climate data, we don’t really need it.

It’s been so hot in Vancouver lately, and many convos over dining tables or water coolers talked about the fact that most of us don’t have air conditioning in our homes. And according to this new map, which is based on global climate data, we don’t really need it.

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The interactive map, published in the Guardian as part of the Sweltering Cities series, allows you to search for cities to see which of the four categories they are sorted into: Cities that:

  • need neither heating nor air conditioning;
  • are warmer in summer, which means you’ll likely want air conditioning but still get by without heating;
  • are cold in winter, not too warm in summer; and
  • have hot summers and cold winters where you will likely want both air conditioning and heating.

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How does Vancouver stack up? Here is what they say:

“The residents don’t need air conditioning. In winter, however, they need warmth. In the hottest month, the daily average is 22.2 ° C and the average high is 18 ° C. The days in the coldest month are usually 3.6 ° C, but they can get as cold as 0.8 ° C.

Now there is a little “but” here. We don’t need air conditioning … YET. This mapping project offers a little more:

“Using data from the Impact Climate Lab, we have modeled how climate change can affect temperatures around the world, making more people dependent on air conditioning in cities where it’s currently all-luxury.”

In the next 40 years, “hotter temperatures towards the Arctic Circle” will creep in the northern hemisphere.

These rising temperatures, along with a few other market factors, mean that new residential buildings in Metro Vancouver often make air conditioning a new standard feature.

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