Experts warn against using air conditioners because they are horrible for the environment

Experts say we need to find another solution amid heat waves because air conditioners have a huge impact on the environment. Air conditioners worldwide are expected to triple by 2050, and experts are warning we need to rethink that.

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As the planet continues to warm, people around the world are relying on air conditioners more than ever. Air conditioners use more electricity than any other appliance in homes. Electric fans also consume energy. Not only do these leaky chemical units consume energy, but they may not be as efficient as they seem.

Sophie Geoghegan, climate campaigner at the Environmental Investigation Agency, a London-based green NGO, said euro news that the average unit is only a third as efficient as it could be.

“These energy-intensive equipment often run for many, many hours a day,” she says.

“When you look at commercial refrigeration, they always work.”

“According to the International Energy Agency, by 2050, fans and space cooling will consume as much electricity as all of China and India consumes today.”

Air conditioners are also known to leak hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, gases known to be extremely effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere. The most common of these refrigerants is called R-410A and is 2,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

” It’s terrifying. Given the number of people buying air conditioners, this could be absolutely disastrous,” Geoghegan said.

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Air conditioning and refrigerators work using the same cooling mechanism! The main difference is that air conditioners are responsible for entire rooms, which makes them work much harder. Artificial cooling systems have a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator that convert chemicals from a gas to liquids and then back to gas to transfer heat outside. As heat is extracted from the indoor environment, air is cooled over an evaporator coil, which contains a heat-absorbing fluid called refrigerant.

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