Air conditioners: how much do they use and how much do they pollute?

Air conditioners are a popular appliance in the summer, they help cool homes and relieve heat. But recent research shows how excessive use of air conditioners pollutes the environment. Let’s see why together.


You know that every time you turn it on conditioner to cool down quickly pollutes the house too quickly the atmosphere? You do not have to be afraid, rather you can start thinking about the use of Air conditioningto understand when and how to use them.

Lately, you’ve also heard about air conditioning in politics, but in reality the problem is not so much in savings cheap. Air conditioners actually use less than you think, but the real pollution you produce is type energetic and there is no heat that takes: you must moderate yourself, even as it approaches the summer. Excessive use of this appliance also has a strong impact onecosystem.

How much they pollute

According to a study published in Environmental Science & Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, electricity had previously the air conditioner indoors, on days when it is too hot, it causes an increase in harmful gases which are released into the atmosphere, including carbon dioxide.

In fact, you have to think that if when heat many people like you in the house are thinking about turning on the air conditioner central existing electric, although used at full capacity, also requires help from central reserve, which are often old and polluting.

You also do not need to know that at all power plants Italian operations were still being carried out energy efficiency. Not only that, you will not like to know the scientists from examination report a worrying fact: the increased use of fossil fuels needed to cool buildings is capable of causing thousands of deaths a year, attributed to atmospheric transformations. When we use air conditioning, even in times when it is really not needed, we are responsible for the increase in the greenhouse effect. The global temperature is rising and due to harmful emissions there will be more polluted air.

In this regard, the government has this year ordered one bonus balm to improve energy efficiency and reduce the impact on the environment. But do you know how much the air conditioner inside your home pollutes?

According to the study, for each degrees Celsius in addition to the average daily temperature power plants they release 3.2% more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In the homes, the pollution situation will consequently be the same. According to the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands, about 10% of global CO2 emissions depend on the use of conditioner. In Italy, Istat reports that only 3 out of 10 families have Cool down. Air conditioning in offices accounts for 57% of energy consumption, while for families (again according to Istat data) about 70% of energy costs relate to heating and cooling buildings.

How much they consume

But let’s figure it out: according to the ADOC, National Defense and Orientation Association consumers, in 2021 to keep an air conditioner on 6 hours a day you spent about € 1.77 a day, about € 160 in the three months of summer. But that is no longer the case, with the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the price of electricity has risen in the air. Because? You should know that over the years we have continued to import (and still do) massive quantities of gas and fossil fuels in general, but at the same time we have not increased electricity from sources persistent. ARERA, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment, highlights in a Senate hearing how electricity has registered an increase of 131% over the first three months of 2021. Increases that you will find yourself in bill already in the next few months, and which is likely to increase even more in anticipation of summer and excessive use of air conditioning.

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