We know Singapore is hot all year round, and most of us have air-conditioners installed in our homes to beat the heat. But not everyone is accustomed to living and sleeping in an air-con room all the time. I know, because my dad always complains that he’s freezing in the middle of the night, while my mom complains that the air-con is not cold enough. There’s always a debate around the dining table in the morning about whether or not to switch the AC on in their rooms at night -.-
Of course, there are also some people who suffer from sinus issues, which can be made worse when the air is too cold or dry. Now personally I don’t mind living in an air-conditioned space, but I do feel bad knowing that the AC has to use up so much energy to cool down the entire room when I’m the only one around.
“But what about using a normal fan?” you may ask. A fan helps to circulate air around, but during those hot and dry ‘summer’ months we experience from March to May, a fan can only help so much by circulating the warm air around your body. I’m sure you’ve experienced it before, on nights that are so warm that even the fan doesn’t help much right?
Now aside from fans, there have been several other cooling alternatives on the market. These range from the really old-fashioned air-coolers, that require you to pour cold water or ice into a bucket under a motorised fan, to the more high-tech but bulky standing air-conditioner units. The downside to buying the standalone units is that very often, they come with a large outlet hose that you need to direct to a window or out the door, which makes it really really unsightly! Imagine having to roll out a pipe every time you want to cool down.
In my search for a better solution to something that can help me cool down faster than a conventional fan, but with less hassle than getting those bulky standalone air-cons, I stumbled on this company called Close Comfort. It’s an Australian company that has developed a portable personal air-con that promises a hassle-free operation and superb cooling performance. Best of all, there are no external pipes involved! I decided to give it a go.