Energy efficient air conditioning: is it possible?

July 16, 2016

The short answer to this question is that of course it is possible to have energy efficient air conditioning.

It is all dependent on the type of air conditioning that you buy and the way that you use it. In this article, we are going to discuss the ways that you can save with your air conditioning.

Not only does Pretoria have very hot summers, but all of those massive buildings are oftentimes notorious for not letting in enough air. So many living and working in the city rely on air conditioning, both at the workplace and at home. Not only does air conditioning cool off the heat and provide some fresh air, but for companies that have plenty of computers running all day and night, an air conditioner can be incredibly important for keeping the company going.

But air conditioners can be very expensive to run when you are relying on them for hours at a time. For this reason, you are unlikely to be the only one in Pretoria who is searching for energy efficient air conditioning. Energy efficient air conditioning is able to save up to 70% of the energy needed to power the normal air conditioner, and this means that money is going to be saved.

Before there was air conditioning

Before we had air conditioning, humans had to adapt to their surrounds and change their habits so that they didn’t overheat in the intensity of the summer heat. Most times, the midday heat would drive people to the shelter of their homes, where they would relax away from the heat until it was cool enough for them to come out and work again. But these days are certainly long gone.

Today, business rules. And any time not spent working during the average week will mean money lost. And while fans have in the past provided some reprise from the heat, air conditioning is the real winner in the battle against the heat. Energy efficient air conditioning is not only going to save your money but it will also go a long way towards saving the environment. As it uses less energy, fewer harmful pollutants will be let loose into the environment.

The costs of air conditioning

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Investing in an energy efficient air conditioner can help you save power and contribute to a greener society.
Investing in an energy efficient air conditioner can help you save power and contribute to a greener society.

The conventional air conditioners have a number of hidden costs and many of them you might not even realise are there. The costs that we are talking about are not related to price, even the first thing you might think about when you see the word costs would be money. Air conditioners, those often found in older buildings in Pretoria, that are not eco-friendly and energy efficient are going to cost the environment as their often heavy duty uses will mean more burning of fossil fuels. Here are a few of the costs that you should consider:

  • The ecological costs

The very thing that is responsible for keeping air conditioners running is also responsible for causing some serious damage to the ozone layer. As the world is heating up with global warming, people are turning up their air conditioning to keep cool. Sadly this very effect is causing further damage to the environment as more fossil fuels are being burned.

  • The social costs

Being fully dependent on the cool provided by air conditioners contributes to people not getting outdoors more during the days when it is very hot. People end up walking less and spending more time indoors. This means that for some people there can be social costs involved with having air conditioning.

  • The financial costs

One of the biggest costs related to an air conditioning system is the financial one. Often a business will let their system run for all hours of the day and night, especially in those places that do not have fresh air coming in. And during the summer months, the price of running the air conditioner will be pushed up even more so. When you are opting for a more eco-friendly option then you are guaranteed to be saving your money as your air conditioner will be using less power than before.

How you can contribute to making your air conditioner more energy efficient

There are a number of things that you can do for your home to help make your air conditioner more energy efficient. While having an eco-friendly air conditioner is a great way to save money and energy, by doing these few things you can have an even more efficient air conditioning system.

  • Take into consideration that you need to make sure that your air conditioning is appropriate to the size of your home. You will also need to take into consideration the size of your rooms and how many people are living in the home.
  • Proper maintenance is needed for you to make sure that your air conditioning is not wasting energy somewhere. Many homeowners don’t do proper maintenance on their air conditioners and end up spending more money than usual to keep their home or business cooled off.
  • It might seem like a competitive partnership, but by pairing your air conditioning with ceiling fans, you will be contributing to the efficiency of your cooling system. Fans will push the cool air throughout the home and since they are not a drain on your electricity, you will not be wasting your money.
  • If your home or business has lots of windows, that intense summer heat is going to pour in and heat up the building tremendously. When this happens you might want to turn up your air conditioner to keep things cool, and then end up wasting energy. For this reason, it is important to have shades in your windows when you want to lower the cost of your air conditioning.

With the right air conditioner, your summer is going to be a cooled off, pleasant season. And you won’t have to worry about spending any extra money. At Green Leaf Alternative Solutions, we have a range of energy efficient systems that will have you noticeably saving money. As a Green Technology contractor, we can transform your household or business, turning it into an energy saving haven.


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