Air conditioning is something that many homes and companies need to use on a daily basis. If you live in an area prone to long periods of heat, then life without air conditioning could be very oppressive and uncomfortable. Meanwhile ‘AC’ has a lot of other benefits too and can help to keep air clean and prevent the spread of bacteria. This is not always great for going green however as air conditioning does tend to guzzle quite a lot of energy. The key then, is to use air conditioning responsibly and to make sure you take precautions to ensure that you use as little as possible. Here we will look at some possible ways to reduce energy consumption as a result of using air conditioning.
First of all you need to choose wisely precisely which air conditioning unit you purchase. When you first become interested in going green you should likely learn that many household and business appliances come with an energy rating that denotes how energy efficient they are. Choose an air conditioning system then that will use the minimum amount of energy while producing the most cool air.
Likewise you should consider the type of air conditioning you get – specifically whether you use air ducts or choose ductless air conditioning. Neither is better for going green per-say, it is all about your specific circumstances. In most cases ducts save energy by allowing one system to cool a whole home (rather than lots of independent units that all use a lot of energy). However if you live or work alone in a large building and often only inhabit one room, then ductless air conditioning can provide an ‘oasis’ solution – meaning you only use the energy needed to cool the room you’re in.
Going green is something that takes prolonged time and effort however; it is not good enough to merely select your air conditioning unit carefully – you also need to put the effort in to keep it in good condition. By cleaning the ducts and filters regularly you will create a better system for going green and ensure it stays more efficient.
From here it is a matter of using your AC sparingly and responsibly – don’t leave it on when unnecessary and if you need to be cooler then try first opening windows saving the air conditioning as a last resort. This way you can use your air conditioning with an eye to going green.