More than one in four British households will need air conditioning at home by 2028 if the UK government is to meet its emission reduction targets.
The UK Government announced the target earlier this month, which would see the country reducing its emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
However, with the number of air conditioning installations expected to triple over the next 20 years, this is only a start, according to the Environment Agency.
According to the agency, a typical home has 12 air conditioning units.
The most popular brands include Hovis, Energizer and Philips.
In the last two years, the number has jumped by 10,000 units, from 6.7 million units to 8.3 million units.
In comparison, the average UK household has just over 100 air conditioning fans, which is about one per person, the agency says.
The majority of people will also need to install more than one air conditioning unit, with a third of households having between two and three units installed, according the agency.
A spokesperson for the Environment Protection Agency said: “We’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and ensuring we have the best technology and equipment to deliver our climate commitments.
We’re delivering on our ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions, but we can’t continue on this course without making big changes to how we operate and transport and how we use energy.”
A spokesman for the British Gas and Network Rail said the UK would need an increase of 1.6m more air conditioning outlets by 2040 to meet the government’s target.
“That’s about a doubling of the number we’re now running, but with an extra 20 per cent of homes in the UK requiring air conditioning by 2030, that’s a big increase in demand for air conditioning and a big challenge for the infrastructure,” he said.
“As part of our energy strategy we’ve been reducing the size of our infrastructure, including power generation, but the number still rises.”
The government has also announced plans to build 4.3m new homes over the course of the next decade, bringing the total number of homes to more than 1.7m.