Posted October 10, 2018 09:05:31 The question of air conditioners has been debated ever since the early 2000s, when the first-generation air conditioner first appeared.
In the last decade, the debate has been heated again, as manufacturers like Tesla, Intel, and Samsung have all launched new models of air-conditioning that use more efficient technology and better insulation, to name a few.
Today, though, the air-conduit debate has largely died down.
A new report from Air Cooled Systems and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that air conditioning has actually become a much more cost-effective, and efficient, way to cool your home than you might have imagined.
The report, “Energy Efficiency and Energy Savings: The Cost and Energy Efficiency of Air Conditioning in the United States,” shows that for every dollar invested in air conditionors in the US, that same dollar saved $1.02 in energy and $0.13 in carbon dioxide emissions, which are a major contributor to climate change.
And that’s a very good return on investment.
The study also found that consumers tend to use air conditionants when their temperatures are below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius), as opposed to 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, which is where air conditionators can actually get hot.
The EIA found that air conditioning usage in the U.S. rose from just under 2 percent of the nation’s electricity use in 2011 to nearly 5 percent in 2020, while electricity consumption in other countries like China and India has dropped by nearly 40 percent.
But air conditionings are only half of the equation.
The research also showed that there’s an economic benefit to the increased use of air conditions, and that the increased usage also has a positive impact on the environment.
According to the EIA, air conditionant use is responsible for about 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation.
That’s because the air condition’s cooling effects, as well as the emissions from burning fuel, make it a significant source of greenhouse gases.
“The research finds that there is an economic return to air condition use when air conditioning is more energy efficient than other energy-saving technologies, and it has the potential to lower the cost of air quality and pollution reduction efforts,” said Matthew Miller, chief energy analyst at the EMA.
“For example, in the absence of a carbon tax, air conditioning use can reduce CO2 emissions by $2,600 per year, and reduce the average energy use by about 40 percent.”
The report’s findings have a lot of implications for the future of air and energy efficiency.
In fact, they could have a significant impact on future electricity prices.
According the EAA, air- conditioning is one of the biggest energy-saving technologies of the 21st century.
“Because air condition units reduce the amount of energy used in heating, and because air condition unit use is also a major source of electricity consumption, air quality improvements could potentially lower electricity prices in the future,” said Miller.
“In particular, it could reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of the energy economy by providing more electricity to consumers, reducing greenhouse gas emission, and lowering the cost for electricity generation and distribution.”
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