A Spanish firm has launched a control unit specifically for holiday properties.
AirconSavings.com said air-conditioning is now expected to be installed as standard within holiday properties but many renters do not know how to use the systems correctly and therefore waste energy, costing the property owner money.
Terence Flavell of AirconSavings.com said: “It is not uncommon to find that the air-conditioning is left on whist guests are away from the property, or that the system is operating whilst the doors and windows are left open. We listened to the concerns of property owners and designed a product that specifically meets their needs and which helps to benefit the environment.”
The system uses wireless infra red sensors which monitor movement within a property. If no movement is sensed within a pre-set time period, the power to the air-conditioning is interrupted. When movement is next sensed, the power is re-established and the air-conditioning is turned back on.
The room sensors can also have thermostats which are able to be set at a minimum temperature thus avoiding excessively low temperatures being achieved.
To solve the problem of external doors or windows being left open whilst the air-conditioning is operating, the firm has designed wireless sensors which are attached to the windows or doors, which, if left open turn off the air-conditioning after the pre-set time-out period.