Air conditioning a “must have” in the Austrian hospitality industry? And why the Grüne Hotel zur Post consciously decided against it!
We know the earth warms itself up in a rush. It is right, there have always been these tides. But the cycle of warming is rising rapidly. The energy consumption plays a major role in this. In short, our summers are getting hotter and hotter and we know the heat periods, plus 30 degrees over 2 weeks. How do we work against it? With huge energy consumption by means of air-conditioning. Everywhere. In the car, public transport, restaurants, shopping centre, hotel room. We want 22 degrees day and night. Whether we are in the room or not. The energy guzzler is running and so is global warming. The cat is biting itself in the tail there. Wouldn’t it make more sense to take a step back?
Do you know that an air-conditioning is an optimal breeding ground for germs? The distribution of shoots, pollutants, viruses, bacteria and mushrooms isn’t a rareness. There the known ill doers like a stiff nape, reddened eyes or scratching in the neck would probably be the smaller evil. To minimize the optimal distribution of the shoots by an air-conditioning, the filter should be cleaned weekly. Whether this actually happens is difficult to control and can be questioned. A further disturbing factor is the noise level. The latest models run very quietly, but you can still hear them.
For these and other reasons, we at the “Grüne Hotel zur Post” have deliberately decided against the installation of air conditioning, but “for” an alternative temperature control. We could not keep our excellent Co2 balance at our very low value. We are currently working on a solution to cool our house as climate-neutrally as possible. Cooling by plants. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of integrating the house into the natural space, improving the climate by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide, reducing traffic noise, absorbing dust from the air and, last but not least, creating a more pleasant indoor climate without wasting energy. So everyone can sleep better!
conclusion: In fact, we who live in the Northern Alps have to deal with global warming as well. The unbearable nights, heat up to 25 degrees, can be restricted to approx. 14 at the moment. 14 nights in the year are relative and reasonable for all people. 14 nights aren’t in any relation to the waste of energy which is immediately connected with the global warming. Let’s come off our high horse, take a step back and enjoy the remaining seasons with their temperature differences and peculiarities.
In summer, the breakfast terrace in the Grüne Hotel zur Post is ideal for an extensive organic breakfast.