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What is the environmental impact of ACs, and how can you reduce it?

By Finserv MARKETS - Apr 4,2019
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Air conditioning has been around for almost a century now, and what was once considered a luxury, is now an everyday household appliance. In fact, in some places, such as malls, offices and hospitals, air conditioning runs for 24 hours a day all days of the week to provide customers and passengers relief from the temperature outside. The widespread use of this technology beckons the question of what is the ultimate environmental cost of these appliances?

Ironically enough the air conditioning that we use to make our homes, offices and other spaces cool and comfortable releases gases that contribute to global warming, making our overall environment even hotter. However, thanks to energy ratings and efficiency you can now buy air conditioners that are kinder to the environment and help reduce your carbon footprint. With the Bajaj Finserv EMI store, you can buy a brand new energy-efficient air conditioners, which protects the environment while getting the job done.

How does my air conditioner impact the environment?

The impact that air conditioning has on the environment is multi-layered. We start with the most obvious impact, which is that air conditioners use huge amounts of energy, which contributes to climate change. Air conditioning and refrigeration units run on electricity that relies primarily on fossil fuels to generate power. In fact, air conditioning in vehicles also causes them to burn more fuel, contributing to greater greenhouse gas emissions, thereby, degrading the environment even further. Additionally, air conditioning also releases heat straight into the atmosphere, transferring heat outside. Due to this extra heat, cities become hotter, raising temperatures and trapping people into the vicious cycle of turning up the air conditioning even more.

 

In addition to this, air conditioning systems use powerful greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are a thousand times more potent than carbon dioxide. These gases leak out to the atmosphere, increasing the burden of climate change.  While if your air conditioner is working properly it doesn’t emit HFCs, they can leak anytime when manufacturing air conditioners, during their installation or while their disposal.

It is estimated that around 20% of the total electricity used in the world goes towards air conditioning and electric fans. Energy used for cooling has been sharply rising over the years. In fact, global energy consumption for space cooling has tripled in the last three decades from approximately 600 terawatt-hours in 1990 to 2,000 terawatt-hours in 2016.

Just in India, about 8% of all the 249 million households had air conditioning in 2018. It is expected that 50% of all households will have air conditioning by 2050, which not only means an increase in the energy needs of the country as well as the increased risk of HFC leakage due to the introduction of new units.

How do I reduce the impact of my air conditioner on the environment?

While the above data paints a very scary picture of the impact of air conditioning, the reality is that we simply cannot get rid of air conditioners everywhere to reduce our carbon footprint, it’s simply not realistic. If you want to reduce your energy consumption, yet be cool and comfortable in your own home, opt to purchase an air conditioner with a higher star energy rating. The star rating for any electrical appliance is an indication of its energy efficiency. The ratings range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the most energy-efficient and 1 being the least.

 

Additionally, it is also recommended that you find the highest temperature of the AC which makes it comfortable for you to sit in a room. This will help you save energy while being cool as you save energy for every degree you increase on your AC. Finally, one of the most important steps you can take is to ensure that your air conditioning is working properly. AC’s require regular maintenance and check-ups and if you fail to do so it is likely to release more harmful gases into the environment, having an even worse impact.

With the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, you can have your brand new air conditioner delivered to your doorstep within 24 hours, and installed in merely two days. What’s more, is that you have to no downpayment and can completely hassle-free avail the 10-day replacement policy.

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