There’s no doubt that your air conditioner impacts the environment. However, it’s an essential appliance in areas like Glenview, Illinois, where temperatures can approach or exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Knowing how your air conditioner impacts the environment and how you can control those consequences might help you become more energy efficient.
Your Air Conditioner’s Environmental Impact
Your air conditioner uses energy to provide efficient heating and cooling. Every time the AC comes on, your home consumes energy from the power grid. Not only does heightened energy consumption increase your electricity bills, but it also depletes finite resources like fossil fuels.
Additionally, air conditioners collectively contribute to the greenhouse effect and to global warming. The hot air releases into the atmosphere and can create more heat in the atmosphere. In cities where most homes and businesses have air conditioners, urban heat zones form in the sky, often changing weather patterns.
Reducing Your AC’s Impact on the Environment
You don’t have to remove your air conditioner from your home to shrink your carbon footprint. You want to stay comfortable in your house, but you want to reduce your energy consumption both for the environment and your pocketbook. It starts with your air conditioner itself. We recommend Energy Star products, which have met stringent criteria for energy efficiency. When your AC runs, it won’t require as much energy from the grid, so you don’t impact the environment as much.
Additionally, we recommend that homeowners find the warmest tolerable temperature on your thermostat. You save energy for each degree you can increase your thermostat. Raise the temperature by one degree per day until you find the highest setting that will allow you to save energy and still keep you comfortable.
If your air conditioner isn’t working efficiently, we can help. Whether you need a new AC or a maintenance visit to check for mechanical problems, we can diagnose the issue and help you make your home more energy-efficient. Call Robert’s Heating and Air Conditioning at 847-272-5836 to schedule an appointment.
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