Environmentally Friendly Air Conditioners

Published: 16th July 2010
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In the summer months, frequent air conditioner usage can cost consumers higher energy bills and wear out air conditioners
in a hurry. But in recent years, some manufacturers have been taking steps to produce more eco friendly air conditioning units.

For example, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy has been inventing an air conditioner unit that uses 50-90% less energy than other air conditioners on the market. Although this unit will not be available on the market for another few years, it is sure to be popular with customers that need to save some money.

Furthermore, some companies are specifically dedicated to producing eco-friendly air conditioners, such as those that run on solar power.

There are two types of air conditioners that are currently available and are environmentally friendly.

The first is the bio-climate air conditioner. It is an air purification system with a filter put in water. The air is always being renewed, which is a benefit for allergy sufferers who need to breathe clean air. The low evaporation saves 80% on energy usage.

Another type of popular, environmentally friendly air conditioner is the evaporative air conditioner. This unit can operate with windows and doors open and do not use refrigerant chemicals. Its claim to fame is the fact that it uses less energy than a 100 watt lightbulb. However, evaporative air conditioners require more maintenance than a traditional air conditioner unit.

Some of these units take further steps to be environmentally friendly. For example, the Frigidiare 10,000 BTU Slider/Casement air conditioner comes with an on and off timer so users can set a time when they do not want to use their air conditioner. This ensures the unit is not running nonstop, and thus, saves money.

Portable air conditioners are the best energy efficient units to purchase. They do not cause ozone damage and can be easily moved from room to room rather than staying in one place.

If you are interested in an eco-friendly air conditioning unit, you should try to look for units that are re-manufactured or recycled. These often cost less than brand new units.

You should also look for the Energy Star label. The Energy Star certification is awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency for units that are 10% more efficient than U.S. government standards. Some energy companies may even give you a rebate on some or all of the cost of an energy efficient air conditioner.

The more frequently you use the air conditioner, the more efficient unit you should buy. When choosing an efficient unit, look at the energy efficiency rating (EER). However, you should still buy the air conditioner that is most appropriate for the room it is in rather than going by just the EER. Regardless of the EER, an undersized or oversized unit will cost you more money.

Some air conditioners use the R-410A refrigerant. This refrigerant allows for safe disposal of your unit and lowers the amount of toxins within the unit itself.

Finally, some other tips to remember for your eco-friendly air conditioner:
-Set the air conditioner to a lower setting rather than the highest one available.
-Use the fan setting at night.
-Recycle old units rather than getting rid of them


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