You probably already know that air conditioners have some impact on the environment, but what is it exactly and how could we reduce it?
How is my AC bad for the environment?
The first thing that probably appears in your head is the energy consumed by the air conditioner. There’s no need to mention that unless you are using renewable energy, the more electricity you use the worse it gets for the environment, as well as for your wallet.
On the other hand, the refrigerant used in some older models air conditioners could be even more powerful than carbon dioxide in contributing to green house effect.
On local level, the hot air pumped out from the air conditioner in the atmosphere could reflect in the so called ‘heat bubles’ that could lead to abnormal weather conditions. However, cars for exampe, contribute much more to such effects than air conditioners.
How could I make my AC more Eco friendly?
The answer is simple. To reduce the negative impact of your AC on the environment start turning your AC when you don’t need it and set it on a low power mode when you are using it.
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During the summer your AC doesn’t need to work all day long, so make sure to turn it off before you leave home. Of course, if you forget to do this in the hurry, you can always use Melissa do turn the AC off from distance.
Turn it back on 10 to 15 minutes before you get home. When you arrive your home will be cool enough. What’s more is that you don’t have to set your AC on 18℃ to make it cool faster. When the temperature outside is about 30℃, AC working on 23-24℃ in cooling mode would be much better, as it will need less energy to reach and keep such temperature level.
Note that sometimes the humidity is what makes you feel hot rather than the actual temperature. In such cases make sure you know how to reduce the humidity using your AC.
However, if your pet is at home, or your child is coming back from school, you can’t let them stay in the hot. In this situation you can easily check the current temperature and humidity at home to set your AC at a suitabe mode and temperature.
Keep in mind those tips and you will not only become more eco friendly, but you will also reduce your electricity bill.