Published on : 05 May 20203 min reading time
For some years now, the world has been facing an international scourge, which is none other than climate degradation. Every day, we witness this destruction with more and more frequent heat peaks. But of course, technology did not leave humans defenceless for long; and designed the air conditioner. Found only at first in professional buildings, public transport and public areas, many homes now have them in their homes. And certainly, it is of unequalled efficiency for comfort and well-being; yet there is more to it than that. It is known to be a source of substantial expense; more importantly, it increases the destruction of the environment.
The air conditioner: enemy of the environment
The purpose of an air conditioner is to regulate the temperature in a given space so that the people in it feel comfortable. Usually, it is turned on during periods of high heat; its principle is to release the internal heat to the outside. Obviously, the inside cools down; but the outside world fills up with heat. This is called a heat island, a phenomenon that is more than harmful to the environment and could even increase the risk of heat waves. This leads us to wonder about a possible coexistence between air conditioning and ecology.
The air conditioner: CO2 generator
Based on current evidence, air-conditioning and ecology still seem far from being in agreement. Indeed, every time an air conditioner is used, it generates polluting gas, at a fairly considerable rate. Air conditioners need certain components, such as refrigerants, to be able to operate and perform their tasks. And it is these elements that translate into CO2, thus polluting the environment. However, it should be pointed out that this is not always the case if one chooses to use purely ecological air conditioning. These are air conditioners that require only renewable resources to be operational.
The air conditioner: a drain on your wallet?
Yes, an air conditioner needs energy resources to start up. And if it’s not solar energy, then it has to be conventional electricity. Which means translated into figures on the bills at the end of each month. And what’s more, it is often described as energy-intensive; given that it is air conditioning that consumes 10% of the world’s energy. Another negative point for the cooperation between air-conditioning and ecology, unfortunately!