Air Conditioning & The Environment

Air conditioning products as a whole have been getting a lot of bad publicity lately in terms of having a negative impact on the environment. And it’s true that—due to the amount of energy units consume—it is an undeniable environmental concern, especially as it its usage is multiplying across the globe.

What rarely makes headlines, though, is that new technology and higher government standards today are increasingly making it more eco-friendly to install and use. Brisbane homeowners appreciate that more attention is being directed toward developing energy-saving features such as the ability to set timers to automatically turn the unit off (or to a warmer temperature) when certain rooms or even the whole house are unoccupied for the day.

Other features such as better circulation to make rooms feel cooler without actually lowering the thermostat; a greater variety of products available so you can choose the one designed to best suit your specific living spaces; and other improvements are all combining to reduce energy expenditure, one household at a time. And reducing energy expenditure ultimately limits air pollution (including smog and greenhouse gases), because it results in fewer power plants being built. Cumulatively, more energy-efficient systems can make a big difference in how much impact they have.

Meanwhile, along with air conditioners built to be inherently more energy efficient, we’re learning more and more about how to further reduce the energy they consume simply by how we use them. One recent study showed that with ducted systems, installing the ducts in the attic (normally one of the hottest spaces in the home) may not always be best. Alternatives such as installing ducts in drop ceilings or soffits below the attic floor or making use of the space between floors (in multiple-story homes) can make an AC system far more energy efficient by bypassing the need for air to flow through the sweltering attic.

Still other electricity-saving measures to consider include smart installation that keeps thermostats far from lights, television and other heat-producing electronics that can throw off its sensors; and installing outdoor units in the shade wherever possible.

If you have questions or concerns about how your air conditioning affects your carbon footprint, our specialists can help you choose the most energy-efficient system for your home and explain options that will minimize its energy consumption. We consider it part of our social responsibility not only to provide the highest level of service to our customers but to do our part to help protect the environment, as well.

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