• Joseph Harris

Characteristics Of Eco-Friendly Air Conditioning

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During hot and humid summers, many people look to their air conditioners to make them feel cool and comfortable. Many fail to realize that their air conditioners may harm the environment more than good.

Even in your car, a running air conditioner can impact the environment. Cars that regularly use air conditioners use 7 to 10 billion gallons of gasoline annually, significantly increasing carbon emissions around the globe.

What air conditioner use means for the environment

Most air conditioners are run from fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Not only do these machines release excess carbon emissions, but a tremendous amount of energy is also lost as they generate and transmit cooling power to homes. If we don’t learn to more effectively harness and make the cooling process more efficient, we could be doing irreparable damage to our planet.

Eco-friendly cooling and air conditioning

The push for eco-friendly air conditioning is becoming more prevalent as people prioritize clean and green living practices. Air conditioner manufacturers are beginning to phase out harmful, ozone-depleting refrigerants and other chemicals in their products to meet newly revised government standards.

Your job as an eco-conscious consumer is to research new options for air conditioning, finding those newly released products that cool more efficiently. Whether you purchase units with these energy-saving technologies or seek to improve your home’s energy efficiency, consider these ways to make cooling your home more eco-friendly:

  1. Choose the right size unit for your home. An AC that's too small will not only not cool your home, but it will keep trying to cool your home, wasting electricity and continuing to ransack your energy bills.

  2. Find a unit with a two-stage compressor. The compressor part of an air conditioning unit typically uses the most electricity. A compressor has to work hard to eliminate heat and vapors so refrigerant can return to its cooled state. A two-stage compressor can provide more efficient cooling, working less on cool days and more on hot, humid days, helping you to save money on cooling costs.

  3. Customize your system. Some eco-friendly units can achieve optimum cooling efficiency by using a singular source of energy for periodic heating and cooling. Customizing everything from thermostats to indoor coils helps to create a system that takes its cues from your home’s unique needs.

  4. Use a geothermal system. A geothermal system generates power from radiant heat below the surface of the earth. They are up to 40 percent more efficient at regulating a home than conventional HVAC systems. Geothermal systems can be a bit pricey to install, but what you spend upfront will more than pay for itself with the money you’ll be saving each month on energy costs.

  5. Use programmable thermostats. Installing a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways to make your system clean and green. You can program the thermostat to stay off when no one is at home, and to amp up the power on those days when you see the numbers rise.

  6. Perform regular maintenance. Your HVAC professional should inspect and repair your air conditioning unit at least once per year. A standard maintenance check includes testing refrigerant pressure, assessing airflow, and monitoring for leaks. Your HVAC specialist may be able to recommend modifications that will increase your system’s energy efficiency.

  7. Replace if necessary. Nearly 90 million air conditioning units in the United States are ten years old or older, which means that they are operating well below environmental and energy efficiency standards that are now in place today. Replacing your old AC will not only impact your energy costs, but you’ll also be doing your part to reduce your environmental impact.

Tropic-Air Conditioning: Keeping you cool and green in the hottest weather

At Tropic-Air Conditioning, we know how important your comfort is, even in the hottest weather. Our seasoned professionals have decades of experience in service, repair, and installation of all types of air conditioners. We’ll provide you with expert tips on repair and efficiency to keep you running clean and green all year round. Call us now and discover how we can keep you cool and comfortable, all while doing your part to reduce carbon emissions. Visit www.tropicairfl.com for more information.