Many people believe that the use of air conditioning and refrigeration systems are harmful to the environment. It is true of this in the past, but the use of new refrigerant gases, and much tighter guidelines and regulations, have dramatically reduced the harmful effect of refrigerant gases into the environment. Also, the high COP of air conditioning systems, especially heat pumps, means less electrical energy input, reducing power station emissions.
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A Few Facts
1. Thanks to the heating and air conditioning industry, our cities are much cleaner today than they were a century ago.
2. Though unheralded, modern gas and electric heating systems have probably done more than any single innovation to clean the air in our cities.
3. The heating and air conditioning industry is a leader in environmental protection. Long before there was a Montreal Protocol or Kyoto Agreement, the heating and air conditioning industry voluntarily began to reduce and eliminate the use of ozone damaging CFC's and HFC's.
What Is The Easiest Thing I Can Do To Help?
One of the simplest, most economical, and smartest things you can do to reduce your home or businesses environmental impact is to service the air conditioner every Spring (heat pumps should be tuned in the Spring and Autumn and to clean and adjust Boilers in the Autumn. This helps the environment by restoring system efficiency and capacity, which reduces waste and run time. It also cuts utility expenses, reduces the potential for an equipment breakdown, and extends equipment life. It's not just smart for the environment, it's smart for your wallet and your time too.
What Can I Do To Make The Most Impact?
The most significant way you can reduce your home's environmental impact is to purchase one of today's most efficient systems. Heating and air conditioning technology has improved dramatically in recent years, both minimizing the industry's environmental impact and energy costs. The most efficient boilers release the least amount of harmful emmissions. The most efficient air conditioners and heat pumps use the least electricity, cutting harmful emissions at generating plants.
How Can I Avoid Damage From Refrigerants?
Older air conditioning and refrigeration systems use HFC's, which do impact the ozone layer, but far, far less than the CFC's found in household refrigerators. Since your air conditioner is a sealed system and we capture and recycle HFC's from your air conditioner, there is little risk that your refrigerants will impact the environment as long as there are no leaks. regular maintenance will not only provide more efficient systems, but also reduce the chance of a leak. However, If your system leaks refrigerant, it is important to get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. If you replace your air conditioning system the new one one may use a different type of refrigerant that is environmentally neutral.
Through recycling, water conservation, and more efficient technology, people and companies have made great strides in becoming more environmentally responsible. However, these efforts still fall short of what is needed for long term success on this planet. While the ecosystem has some abilities to correct or heal itself, the limitations on the damage it can sustain are imminent. It is essential that more people begin to recognize the seriousness of these issues and start taking personal responsibility for the environment.