Environmentally-Friendly Alternatives to Air Conditioning

Last updated Jan. 13, 2020


Undoubtedly, the air conditioners have been extremely effective for air cooling. Coping with the summer heat without them in some places is almost impossible.

In truth, they have not only helped many people to live through the harsh summer seasons but have saved so many lives in the process.

While air conditioning has been a blessing to many, there is no denying the fact that it has serious effects on the environment.

It is already known that the earth is dying because of human activities and the excessive use of air conditioners is among the major contributing factors to our dying planet.


1. How Air Conditioning Affect the Environment Negatively


Are you wondering why there have been serious discussions about the widespread use of air conditioners?

The raw truth is that they have several negative impacts on the environment.

For a start, the refrigeration process, which is employed by the air conditioner, is not clean.

It involves the use of chemical coolants and releases some pollutants into the indoor air.

Air conditioning also consumes excessive electricity, putting power grids on serious pressure and necessitating burning of fossil fuel.

There are several other negative effects of using the machine such as uncontrolled release of greenhouse gases.


2. Minimizing the Negative Impacts of Air Conditioning


There have been calls for all of us to adjust our lifestyles to help save the environment.

Finding environmentally-friendly alternatives to fulfil our needs remains the most viable option for saving the earth and this applies to the way we stay cool.

There are notable alternatives to air conditioning and there are reasonable calls for people to embrace them.

Do you know any environmentally-friendly alternative to air conditioning?

Are you using any of them at the moment?

We are going to look at the different alternatives to air conditioning and discuss how effective and viable they are in this piece.


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3. Evaporative Air Cooler


We will start with the new kind of air cooling, the evaporative air cooler.

Also commonly referred to as air cooler or swamp cooler, this is obviously the most popular alternative to air conditioning.

It is also by far the most effective among the others when it comes to bringing down the ambient temperature and improving comfort levels in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Air coolers are environmentally friendly machines for so many reasons.

For a start, the employ the natural process of evaporative cooling to meaningfully bring down air temperature and improve humidity at the same time.

This process is completely clean, making use of two natural elements: air and water.

With the air cooler, you have a machine simply facilitating the natural evaporative cooling process and cooling down residential and commercial spaces.

Evaporative air coolers have several advantages over air conditioners.

Asides from the fact that they use a natural principle to bring about cooling, they are known to release little or no greenhouse gases at all.

They also consume very little electricity, meaning that households will not put undue pressure on power grids during the summer.


4. The Geothermal Heat Pump


Geothermal heating and cooling systems are special systems that use the earth’s steady temperature to cool or heat any building.

The system, which is relatively new, is designed to use the earth as a heat sink.

It is mostly installed in residential buildings and capitalizes on the naturally stable ground temperature to bring about cooling or heating.

In the summer, the system will cool your home and in the winter, it will provide warming, using the natural flow of heat from warm areas to cool areas.

Since the underground temperature stays at about 55 degrees Fahrenheit at all times of the year, the system will always be able to balance things out and keep your home comfortable in summer and winter.

Geothermal heating and cooling system is an environmentally friendly system: it is a million times better than air conditioning. It is basically composed of heat pumps and pipes buried in the ground.

The pump circulates liquid through the pipes and the liquid responds to the ground temperature, bringing about the desired cooling or heating.

The system consumes very little electricity and does not harm the earth in any known way.

The major issues with this system are the fact that it is expensive to install and the technology is not widely available.

It is also relatively expensive to install.


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5. Proper Use of Electric Fans


Fans have been around for centuries and electric fans are widely used by people across to world to make hot rooms and areas of a home or office more comfortable.

The ugly truth about fans is that they dont actually cool the air, though they can make us feel more comfortable.

Fans circulate the air faster and this helps to body to stay cooler.

Depending on how hot the weather is, electric fans can sufficiently keep you and your household cool.

Electric fans can be strategically placed to facilitate air exchange and significantly improve the temperature situation in rooms.

You can place two fans strategically so that one is bringing in fresh cool air into the room while the other is removing stale hot air from the room.

This works all the time when you know how to do it.

Fans consume very little energy and the process is pure.

They are environmentally friendly and are reliable when the temperature situation is not too severe.

Cooling your residential and commercial buildings during summer is important.

Asides improving comfort level, cooling the air helps to reduce the chances of heat-related injuries and health issues.

It is important, however, that you consider the environment while trying to cool your building.

Though air conditioning is one of the most effective ways to cool down buildings, it is not the only way.

Since it is disadvantageous in many ways (especially to the environment), it is important that you find alternative ways of cooling your home.

If you live or have your commercial building/office in a place where humidity is not a big issue, the evaporative cooler is the best machine to use.

The use of geothermal systems and electric fans can also be very useful depending on how terrible the temperature situation gets and what is available to use.

Some other less popular alternatives you can try are patio misting fan (for outdoor areas) and Ice power, which is a new technology that needs more time and is expected to be available to businesses only.

It is also important that you embrace other environmentally-friendly practices to save the planet.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be pleased to help you.

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