This could be the future too, with portable ACs just for Lahore to ward off the intense humidity of July and August.
Yet modern Lahore has rejected that wisdom of the past.
Take a look at typical city buildings made from brick and cement. Here's a typical split AC installation in the older part of the city.
Only the extremely wealthy in Lahore can own their own home. Most people rent their homes and the last thing they want is a fixed air conditioner in every room that they have to leave behind, or risk damaging if they take it with them to a new apartment.
Close Comfort: Portable AC in Lahore
The solution for Lahore: an energy-efficient portable AC designed for Lahore. The Igloo tent tent echoes the traditional masheri, mosquito net, that was standard for everyone until the recent past, yet brings not only mosquito protection but also the cooling comfort one would expect from a split AC.
The climate in Lahore has been the ultimate challenge for me as Close Comfort's designer.
Ever heard of the urban heat island effect?
Watch this video about Singapore's urban heat island effect and realise that
Lahore is like that too! Cities can be 5-10 degrees hotter than the surrounding land because of roads, cars, buildings and ... air conditioners. Every air conditioner, every car, every vehicle, all of them are heating the city relentlessly. The asphalt of the roads and roofs absorb the sun's heat and act like radiators, heating the air above. Every kilowatt of electricity ultimately appears as heat in the city. Every air conditioner makes everyone else just a bit hotter, and raises the running cost for everyone too!
Except Close Comfort.
Close Comfort is the ideal solution. Releasing only 300 Watts of heat, four to eight times less than normal portable and fixed ACs,
Close Comfort costs almost nothing to run, and does not heat up everyone else at the same time.
In a city where you can only dream of sleeping under the stars, Close Comfort can bring convenient, economic, comfort that helps improve the environment for everyone.
Global Warming Too
And it's not just Lahore.Cities around the globe, especially in warmer climates, are accelerating global climate change and heating of the planet.
Until the 1950s, Pakistan homes were designed to shield people from the heat of summer. They had thick walls and high ceilings with ventilation. Doors and windows were open to the cool breezes at night, and the thick walls absorbed the heat of the day long enough for people to feel comfortable.
Even the traditional katcha houses did the same: they were cool and comfortable, though more difficult to maintain and keep clean.
Then air conditioning and "modern building" styles arrived in the 1960s.
Air conditioning allowed architects to builders to create lazy designs that accumulate heat in summer and freeze you in winter: just ask any Lahori!.
Sadly, most buildings today reflect lazy building, totally unsuited for the climate. So what do people do?
Install split air conditioners. And then worry for ever more about electricity bills. And then lose their natural acclimatisation to the summer heat! And lose their cardiovascular fitness than comes with exposure to heat. And suffer all kinds of ailments because they breathe stale recirculated air, not the fresh air from the gardens.
So they are even less able to cope without air conditioning, and they turn down the thermostat, and then the electricity bill climbs even more, then their worries accumulate, and .... And this is happening around the world right now.
Leading scientists predict that, by the end of the century, if we don't do something now, the world will warm by 3-5 degrees, much of that caused just by split air conditioners that ruin people's health at the same time.
Close Comfort is the ultimate solution. I developed this technology for cities like Lahore and I use Close Comfort myself all the time I can when in Pakistan.