The energy costs of air conditioning are well documented. It’s a guzzler, pure and simple. So what about eco-friendly air conditioning? In fact some people would argue that there’s no such thing – they’re not environmentally friendly, period. Along with most household appliances, there have been great strides in making eco air conditioning units that are more energy efficient, indicated in the US by the Energy Star rating.
Buying a new eco air conditioning system is probably the best way to be more eco-friendly, if you can’t find alternative ways to keep cool in summer. Choosing carefully is always vital when going green. Know your energy needs. There’s always a nagging tendency to think that bigger is better, but there’s also an issue of too much of a good thing. Making sure you buy a size and capacity eco air conditioning system that is the right size for your home is crucial. It’s also worth noting that running your air conditioning at high settings is not the most efficient way to do it. The increased expense and environmental impact aren’t worth the few extra degrees of cool air you’ll gain.
Factors relevant to the size of the air conditioning unit you need include the ventilation in your home, the number of residents and, a key thing, how well it is insulated to keep the heat out. To make operating your air conditioning more eco-friendly, dealing with allied issues is important. You are likely to save and be greener by attending to your insulation rather than by investing in a larger and more powerful unit.
Simple complementary measures like installing ceiling fans to help cool air circulate can make a real difference. If you have a room that gets very hot in summer, shading it can help a lot. Think of planting a deciduous tree that will give leafy shade in summer but still let the light in during winter, when it drops its leaves.
Other things you can do, at least in some domestic settings, are also geared towards maximising the efficiency of your air conditioning system and minimizing the need for using it. Keep your eco air conditioning well serviced and fine-tuned for the best results. Make sure the filters are replaced regularly. A yearly service should be adequate to keep it running optimally.
New, alternative types of eco air conditioning are available. Geothermal heat pumps that heat and cool water are a new technology, though still relatively expensive (though savings add up over three to ten years). Ice powered units that boost conventional air conditioners with ‘ice batteries’ are now available, but only from a few utility companies, not for domestic purchase. Solar power is the ultimate eco air conditioning option but the technology is still quite new, with maximum efficiency still in the pipeline. Till then, eco air conditioning is about making smart decisions that make sure your home cooling strategies aren’t wasteful.
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Posted November 18, 2013
by Gabriel Posternak.