Hundreds of thousands of years ago, man discovered fire. But it was not until the beginning of the 20th century that he achieved the opposite: he could control the cold. And yet, controlling cold contributes in many ways to warming our planet.
How does an air conditioner work?
An air conditioner is a heat pump that takes hot air from inside and releases it outside. Air conditioners are therefore responsible for an increase in heat in cities, contributing to global warming.
Using one is not without risk…
Air conditioners are increasingly used in times of high heat. The operation of air conditioners uses substances that produce strong greenhouse gases and pollute water and soil.
Nevertheless, there are more and more air conditioners in the world, especially due to the economic development of hot and highly populated countries.
Air conditioners have become indispensable in daily life, as they provide comfortable temperatures in our homes and cars, and are also used in industry to cool machinery.
Bacteria and fungi develop in air conditioners that are not well maintained.
Use less energy and stay cool
- Keep windows and shutters closed during the day and ventilate during cooler hours. This will keep your home cool without air conditioning. Especially if the house is well insulated!
- Use the microwave in summer, which uses less energy than the cooker and heats up your kitchen less.
- Even in stand-by mode, appliances consume energy and generate heat. Turn off all appliances completely to avoid this.
- Did you know that carpets absorb heat? Remove carpets if possible.