Travel To Spain: Spain’s New Air Conditioning Rules

Travel To Spain: Spain’s New Air Conditioning Rules

Spain’s hot weather is one of its main attractions, especially for travellers escaping colder climates. Travellers to Spain love the country's warm, sunny climate and idyllic beaches.

However, the country's recent curbs on air conditioning usage can hinder tourists to enjoy cool indoors and find no respite from the heat.

Last week the Spanish government announced plans to prevent offices, shops, cinemas, and other venues from setting air conditioning below 27°C in the summer, as part of a drive to cut the country's energy consumption and limit dependency on Russian gas.

The measures apply to communal spaces such as offices, shops, bars, and restaurants, as well as public transport systems and transport centres.  It means public transport and airports will also have to abide by the strict new setting.

The new rules would also stop heaters from being raised above 19°C in winter. 

Although Spain is not as dependent on Russian energy supplies as many other EU countries, it has agreed to a 7-8% reduction in gas use.

The measures, which were published in last week's edition of the official state gazette, will remain in force until November 2023.

Alongside changes to the minimum aircon temperature, the country has also approved a new set of rules that will see heating not be allowed above 19C in the winter. 

To add to this, lights will have to go off on shop fronts and empty government offices from 10 PM. 

Currently, Spain is experiencing a very hot summer, with temperatures recorded above 40C in many areas. 

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