Climate control: the end of the world as we know it
Climate control is a modern convenience that we take for granted. When it’s hot we adjust the temperature to cool ourselves down, and when it’s
freezing outside, we ensure that indoors is toasty warm and comfortable. In the true spirit of human nature, we see that our own needs are met without
really considering the possible consequences. It is no surprise that our obsession with controlling climate conditions has led to the increase of
greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This results in an increase in global warming and the overall destruction of the planet by those whose lives
depend on it.
Things aren’t as bleak as they seem, and provided we do our best to use energy saving techniques when installing and using air conditioners, there is
no reason why we should give them up, just yet. Installing your air con under some shade, or constructing a shade covering for the unit, will limit the
energy the machine expends as it’s inner workings and wires are shielded from the sun. It’s also important to ensure that the airflow isn’t blocked or
obstructed in any way, so that the unit doesn’t have to work twice as hard to be half as efficient.
When hot weather has been predicted, it’s better to have the air con working early in the morning rather than waiting for the day to heat up, as it takes
more energy to cool down an already heated building. Air conditioners also function more effectively when the temperature outside is still mild and
relatively cool. Refrigerative air conditioners work best when all the windows have been closed, otherwise all of the cool air escapes and the unit works
to cool the entire exterior of the building. Another energy saving tip is to close the curtains on hot summer days and on cold winter nights. In summer
the curtains will serve to block out the heat of the sun, while in winter they will serve to trap the heat indoors rather than let it escape via the windows.
Mobile air conditioners, those used in cars, also release powerful greenhous