Air Conditioning contributes to global warming

Did you know?

It might seem ironic, but Air Conditioning (A/C) contributes to global warming.

Like refrigerators, air-conditioners contain HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons). These industrial chemicals are primarily used for cooling and refrigeration.

HFCs trap thousands of times as much heat in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO2).

The good news is that if your air-conditioner works correctly, it should not release HFCs. However, these can be released during manufacturing, if there is a leak, or if the air-conditioner is not disposed correctly.

There is another problem: air-conditioning is very energy-consuming, and therefore releases millions of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere each year.

As the world gets hotter and A/C spreads around the world, this gets worse. In 2009, 90% of Americans homes were equipped with A/C!

So what can you do?

Use A/C with moderation and not too cold to save energy if you can. You will also save money!

Always make sure your air-conditioner is in good condition, without leak.

Avoid your room to get too hot by closing your curtains, blinds and shades during the day if you’re out.

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