There are approximately 1.9 billion air conditioning units in operation around the world. The number will hit 5.5 billion by 2050. As AC installations increase, the energy use will increase to 6,205 terra-watt hours. ACs improve the quality of our lives and health, but they don’t have the same benefits to the atmosphere. In fact, air conditioners have a negative impact on the environment. In particular, they can cause air pollution both outdoors and indoors. The following covers some of the ways your AC is polluting the air you breathe.
Release of Hydrofluorocarbons and Chlorofluorocarbons
One way that air conditioning units pollute the air is by generating chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). These chemical compounds play an important role in keeping you cool, but they can also have a negative impact on the environment.
CFC is a common refrigerant used in some air conditioners. When the chlorine elements flow into the atmosphere, they can destroy the ozone layer. Although few modern air conditioners have these compounds, older units contain them.
Many modern air conditioners use hydrofluorocarbon refrigerant, which contains hydrogen properties. These refrigerants cause lower pollution. They have a less destructive effect on stratospheric ozone.
When these refrigerants leak into the atmosphere, however, they become serious greenhouse gases. Like other greenhouse gases, they can affect air quality and people’s health.
While HFCs represent only 1% of all greenhouse gases, the harmful side effects they have on global warming are massive. That’s because these compounds trap thousands of times as much heat as carbon dioxide. Fortunately, if you have an AC that is working properly, it shouldn’t leak HFCs into the atmosphere.
Energy Production and Gas Emissions
A serious issue of concern about air conditioners is the energy consumed when operating them. The average central air conditioner uses approximately 3,500 watts per hour. The high energy amounts are straining to produce and often cause severe damage to the atmosphere.
Burning fuels generate most of the energy used to power air conditioners. Fossil fuels, including coal, natural gas, and oil, generate extreme amounts of carbon dioxide. The extraction and burning of these fuels generate a lot of greenhouse gases. Also, the transportation of fuels from the wells triggers massive air pollution. Even the by-products of these gases, particularly carbon dioxide, emit toxins that can pollute the air.
Carbon dioxide is an unsafe greenhouse gas known for its massive ozone depletion abilities. Thus, air conditioning contributes to the ever-increasing greenhouse gas production. Heating and cooling systems are responsible for half of the energy used in American homes. In fact, the energy used to cool American homes and business equals the amount of energy used for all purposes in 1955.
The high reliance on polluting fossil fuels to generate electricity has a detrimental side effect on air quality. Studies have shown that the electricity sector in America is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Coal-fired power plants are the biggest sources of air pollution. So, by using electricity to power your AC, you are contributing to this problem.
In addition to polluting the air outside and causing other environmental impacts, your AC can cause issues with your indoor environment as well. Air conditioning generates manageable levels of EMF radiation. Older air conditioners generate vast amounts of EMFs. These magnetic waves have a negative impact on the environment. They cause electromagnetic environmental pollution. This has varied health effects on humans and plants.
Years of exposure to electromagnetic pollution can manifest in varied forms. It can cause mental blocks, insomnia, dizziness, loss of appetite, and reduced energy. Animals and plants exposed to this air pollution for an extended period are likely to die.
The good thing is that we offer top-notch EMF reduction services. At Gold Eagle Services , we’re a customer-focused team committed to helping Austin, Texas families keep safe from EMFs. Our talented technicians understand the damage that TV transmitters, Wi-Fi, AC units, and computers can cause to your health.
We’re adequately equipped and skilled to make your home safe from EMF emissions. We use the super-advanced Blueshield EMF minimizers to protect your home against EMF pollution. Our high-end plug-and-play Blueshield EMF minimizers are affordable and reliable.
Fungi and Bacteria Pollution
The temperatures that bacteria and fungi need to thrive range between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This is also the temperature range that humans and pets need to live comfortably. So, while your air conditioner creates a comfortable environment for you, it also maintains a perfect temperature for the growth of both fungi and bacteria.
Mold, in particular, can pollute the air and environment. Mold spores have a harmful side effect on your indoor air quality. Mold pollution can leave you with headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and irritated throat and eyes. Exposure to mold pollution for an extended period can cause cancer, respiratory disease, and heart disease.
Mold spores can spread through the home via air ducts. The problem with mold spores is that they are hard to detect with the naked human eye. Musty odors, sneezing, watery eyes, and coughing may signify the presence of mold in your home. You can resolve mold-related air pollution issues by having an expert from Gold Eagle Services inspect and clean the mold.
Another way air conditioning causes air pollution is through the generation of foul odors. It’s important to note that air conditioners only emit foul odors when they have underlying issues. When the air conditioner smells like something is burning, it indicates that parts of the AC are overheating. Electrical odors often indicate a mechanical issue with your compressor or AC fan.
An air conditioner with leaks can cause the emission of exhaust fumes. A refrigerant leak is the most common culprit when your home smells like it has exhaust fumes. Refrigerant leaks need prompt addressing as they can deplete your oxygen levels and cause serious health problems. In fact, exhaust fumes cause serious respiratory problems and can lead to heart failure and death.
Another odor that can come from your HVAC system is a rotten-egg-like smell. This is not an odor to take lightly. It could be a decaying animal that is inside your system or a potentially lethal natural gas leak. If you detect this odor, open the window in your home, vacate your property, and reach out to an HVAC service provider.
Your Trusted HVAC and Air Quality Service Provider
Properly working air conditioners don’t cause adverse effects on the air you breathe. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular maintenance and timely repairs. Protect your home against AC air pollution when you hire our services.
We’re a friendly team committed to your comfort and safety. Our service offerings include AC repair, installation, and maintenance, and we provide the same services for heating systems. We also offer EMF, mold, odor, and pathogen removal services. You can also turn to us for humidifiers and dehumidifier services that will keep you comfortable and breathing easy. Our talented technicians use advanced tools and technology and are kept up to date with the latest developments in the industry. For more information about our services or to set up an appointment, contact us at Gold Eagle Services today.