Your AC And The Environment: What You Can Do To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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With eco-friendliness being high on the public agenda, it’s important to ensure that your air cooling solution is as kind to the environment as possible. One way to accomplish this is by keeping your AC well-maintained or, alternatively, upgrading to a more energy-efficient model. We’ll meet all your air cooling needs with AC installation and repair Briargrove TX.

As an appliance and bringer of comfort and relief from the sweltering heat, the air conditioner is a piece of equipment to which very little thought or consideration is ever given.
It goes about its business of frostily respiring, its sibilant whisper little more than a background music just above our field of consciousness.

However, all manner of household appliances have come under fire in recent years as potential producers of greenhouse gases which, as we all know, are very harmful to the environment.

Fortunately, the vast majority of modern air conditioning systems are designed in such a way that they minimize energy wastage and operate at maximum efficiency.

What are greenhouse gases?

The term “greenhouse gas” actually refers to a plethora of different gases including water vapor, carbon dioxide and methane that trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. The result is that the Earth literally becomes like a greenhouse, significantly warmer than it would have been without the presence of these gases.

While there are many natural greenhouse gases that fulfill a specific environmental role, manmade greenhouse gases are mainly the byproduct of burning fossil fuels and are very harmful to the environment.

What is the impact of greenhouse emissions?

The main impact is the so-called greenhouse effect whereby heat becomes trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere and contributes to global warming.

The effects of widespread global warning include desertification, melting of polar ice caps, extreme weather, and rising sea-levels. All of these environmental phenomena can be catastrophic in the long term.

What is the role of my air conditioner?

As we said earlier, modern ACs are generally developed with efficiency and environmental impact in mind, and as such greenhouse emissions are less of a concern than they were in earlier years.

In the past, air conditioners made use of CFCs for cooling, but these compounds were found to be detrimental to the ozone layer and consequently directly contributed to global warming and increased UV exposure.

Modern air conditioners mainly utilize chlorine-free compounds in the cooling process. These so-called HFC’s are much less hazardous from an environmental perspective and do not have any ill effects on the ozone layer.

What can I do to reduce my carbon footprint?

When it comes to air conditioning, there are a number of measures that you can take to lessen the environmental impact of the system, mainly by maximizing the AC’s efficiency.

  • Regularly clean or replace air filters
  • Keep the AC set at around 65 to 72 degrees. This is known as the golden zone
  • Check for any signs of leaking refrigerant
  • Close windows and blinds during the day
  • Keep sources of heat away from the thermostat
  • Ensure that the system is well-maintained by adhering to a service schedule. We can help with AC installation and repair Briargrove TX.

Time for an upgrade?

If you’ve been using the same AC for a long period of time, it may be in your best interest to upgrade to a more energy-efficient (and environmentally friendly) model. Modern air conditioners incorporate energy-efficiency technology which will not only be kinder to the environment but also to your wallet.

We will help you choose a model that suits your unique comfort needs and handle the entire installation from start to finish with AC installation and repair Briargrove TX. Give us a call at (713) 683-9474, or hit us up via our Contact Us page.