AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is getting air conditioning wrong, and we don’t even know why.

    The Lone Star State ranks 36th in the country in the number of air conditioners installed per capita, according to a report released this week by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

    We also ranked 25th for the number installed per household.

    When it comes time to buy air conditioner, we’re not sure how many of us have an air condition to begin with.

    The average person uses 2.8 air condition units, according the American Association of Realtors, which represents thousands of residential, commercial and institutional real estate agents and real estate developers.

    A typical home with one air condition unit can handle 2,700 cubic feet of air, according an AARP report.

    That means a home with 1,000 square feet of space is getting more than enough to keep a couple warm.

    But we can’t get enough of those units, either.

    With more than 30 percent of homes in the United States having no air conditioning or at least some type of cooling system, there are not enough units in Texas to meet the needs of the average home.

    “We’re trying to figure out how many people have no air condition and what’s causing that,” said Jim Miller, director of the Texas Energy Commission.

    While most states in the U.S. have some form of air conditioning installed, Texas ranks near the bottom in the nation, according a report published by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

    Most states in Texas have either an air conditioning unit or a hot water heater installed in the home.

    Texas ranks 29th in installed thermostats, according AARP, while it ranks 18th for hot water heaters.

    If we didn’t have that, Texas would rank in the middle of the pack nationally, according Miller.

    In other words, if you can’t afford a heat pump, you can at least save money by installing air conditioning.

    Texas ranks 17th in total energy efficiency for residential buildings, according data from the National Association of Home Builders.

    In comparison, Florida is ranked third in efficiency and Michigan is sixth.

    And while air conditioning is certainly saving energy, it isn’t the only factor that contributes to energy savings.

    To save money, many homes are adding a water heater or air conditioning system to improve air flow, according Michael K. Williams, the vice president of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

    You can see the effect of this in the energy efficiency rankings.

    For example, a typical house in Texas with two air condition fans will have the ability to heat 1,800 square feet.

    However, in some areas, a water pump can cool the house up to 1,500 square feet in some parts of the state.

    What we really need to be doing is thinking about how we can do a lot more with less, Williams said.

    We need to rethink how we build our homes, especially if we’re going to be buying homes in these hot and humid conditions in the future.

    It’s a pretty big shift from the previous, more air-conditioned era, he said.

    “We have more than three decades of history of thinking about energy efficiency, and that’s what we need to do.”


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