How Bad Is Your AC Unit For The Planet

Over the last few years, the climate has changed for the worse. Extremely cold and hot temperatures are being experienced in different nations. Therefore, rather than roast out in the sun, most people trust their AC to do all the work. However, there should be an expected change in the way ACs work in the next few years. Representatives from different countries are always on the lookout for ways to reduce the adverse effect of refrigerants on the climate.


For starters, an initiative was introduced to remove the harmful refrigerants in use such as the HFCs and CFCs. Note that, these refrigerants were mostly used in HVAC units in both the commercial and residential sector as well as in refrigerators for domestic and commercial kitchens. Well, the removal of HFCs can be described as a huge step in staving off the effects of global warming. Here’s what you need to know about your AC unit and whether or not its contributing to global warming.


How Does My AC Unit Contribute To Global Warming

It’s might not be as easy as you think. First, the HFCs used as refrigerants represent just a small portion of the GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions that affect the planet. However, you should know that they trap a lot of heat in the atmosphere, at least a thousand times more heat. However, the good news is that if your AC unit is working properly, it shouldn’t be releasing any HFC into the atmosphere.


However, there are some HFCs released during manufacturing of AC units. On the other hand, if there is a leak in your AC unit or your refrigerator, throwing it away will release the HFCs into the atmosphere because the unit has not been disposed properly. Make sure you follow the proper disposal guidelines if you want to prevent the leakage of HFCs into the atmosphere from your own AC unit. Besides the refrigeration niche, there are also regulations in place to phase out the usage of HFCs in other areas such as building foam or aerosols.


As much as you want to use your AC unit guilt-free, there are a few things you should consider. Note that, today, a lot of homes have AC units and they all release carbon dioxide with persistent usage. Note that, with time property developers realized they could utilize the heating and cooling technologies in place. As such, they ended up creating homes that are not totally energy efficient as required. As a result, a regular homeowner is forced to use more air conditioning or heating to get to the desired temperature.


What’s The Progress About HFCs And Their Phase Out?

When global warming became a real issue, representatives from different countries met to discuss how to deal with the issues at hand. The Montreal Protocol is where these representatives decided to create a plan to phase out HFCs, among other refrigerants such as CFCs. The phase out was enacted after notable scientists from all over the world published their results indicated how the refrigerants were harmful to the ozone layer.


Currently, the US has already started some regulations to limit the usage of HFCs. The production and use of HFCs should start being phased out in 2020 among all the developed countries. However, the developing countries should begin their phasing out by 2021. However, there are a few countries that require a longer time frame to begin the phasing out such as India which requires about 15 years. The argument here is that the restrictions would actually place an unfair burden economically on the citizens. That’s because the use of air conditioning units will be expected to increase dramatically in the next few years.


However, the EPA noted that since HFCs are still in use in many developing countries, it would be advisable to create more useful refrigerants. That would be more applicable rather than phasing HFCs out especially with there being so many people depending on them. Note that, HFCs are not widely used in the US and actually the production and importation of HFC compounds was actually stopped a few years back.


Is There A Reason To Give Up Using AC Units?

Well, the weather has drastically changed in the last few years and most people are worried whether or not they will be forced to give up their AC units. Well, the answer to that question might be no at the moment. However, a lot of experts in the industry deduce that in the future, the climate in some areas might be too hot such that AC units might not be as helpful as expected. That’s a lot of notable companies in the AC niche are already working on the best replacements.


Currently, TdX20 from Bluon Energy is one of the recommended refrigerant replacement for HFCs which has shown the following benefits so far.


  • It is energy efficient because all the HVAC units fitted with this refrigerant consumes less energy compared to HFCs. Actually, it’s been determined to be about 20% less on what was previously consumed. Therefore, there should be less usage of electricity, regardless of whether or not it’s peak time.


  • Also, it increases as well as preserves the cooling capacity. Therefore, AC units are expected to work much better than previously did with HFCs.


  • Note that, TdX20 operates at the lowest compressor temperatures and low pressures too. Therefore, you can use your HVAC system for a longer period with less maintenance or operational failures.


  • There’s little on the maintenance front to be expected, especially since there is no oil change required during the lifespan of your AC unit because it works with compressor oils efficiently.


  • Finally, the main aim of phasing out the production and use of HFCs was to prevent the ozone layer depletion and that has been achieved with the introduction of TdX20.


In conclusion, depending on how you utilize your AC unit and the refrigerant you’re using, it could be causing some environmental impact or not. Therefore, when buying one, check properly to make sure that all the energy efficiency requirements are at par with the climate change protocols.


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