Air conditioning. It’s something we don’t think about often without good reason. If we don’t have it we want it and if it isn’t working correctly, it needs to be corrected.

Statistics tell us that air conditioning is part of more than a third of the homes in Australia and half of all homes in the United States.

Air conditioners use about 6% of all of the power that is produced and cost the home owner about $11 billion dollars annually to operate. That’s not small change if you consider what the result is on the environment.

Examination of that reveals that AC units release about 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year. Yet in some climates, air conditioning is something that we simply cannot live without and that we need. Which means choosing the most energy efficient models available when it comes to air conditioning installation is imperative.

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Most air conditioning works about the same way, regardless of what variety of air con unit you are working. Brands like Daikin air conditioning units work much like other brands, with a few differences of course.

How do Air Conditioners Work?

Air conditioners use the same methodology as your refrigerator. Your air conditioner uses energy, most likely electricity. The take the heat out of your home and replace it with cool air. An air conditioner cools the home using a cold coil called an evaporator and a condenser.

The pump moves the refrigerant between the evaporator and the condenser. The pump makes the refrigerant flow through the tubing. The refrigerant evaporates in the evaporator coil and removes the heat out of the air, making your home cooler. The hot gas is then pumped outside into a condenser that turns it back to liquid again, giving the heat up to the air that flows over the metal tubs of the condenser.

What Types of Air Conditioning are Used?

Air Conditioning consists of several varieties.

Ducted Air conditioning is usually central air conditioning. It cools the entire house, usually eliminating the hot spots that are found in the home. The ducted air conditioning has  a series of ducts that carry the cooler air and the warmer air. The cooled air circulates into your home and then is warmed. Then it moves back into the ducts called return ducts and  is cooled again and returned to your home. It is usually more fuel efficient, costs less to run and in that regard may actually be easier on the environment. The reason for that is that ducted air conditioning  holds in the heat and /or cool air  better, being a closed system and does not permit it to be lost to the environment.

Reverse cycle air conditioning is essentially a heat pump. It works in much the same way as other air conditioning, but the basic purpose of a heat pump is—surprisingly, to heat the home. These units function as both a heater and a cooler for the home. In changeable climates they are remarkably efficient.

Not all air conditioning is energy efficient. That means that some of it is not working as hard for you as it could be. While it may keep your home cool, it is also using a great deal of energy and that means it’s costing you money.

Replacing your air conditioning unit after a few years and moving toward energy efficient air conditioning could save you a bundle while protecting the environment at the same time.

Switching over to a higher efficiency air conditioning unit and taking steps to better insulate your home and keep it cool could lower your energy bill for air conditioning by as much as fifty percent.

Air conditioners also tend to help to lower the humidity in the home. In climates that are very humid it can help to lower the humidity by about 25%, keeping you cooler yet. Many air conditioning units can have a dehumidifying pipe retrofitted to them in order to further lower your energy costs.

The lifespan of the average air conditioning unit is about 15 years. Most manufacturers will continue to support those units even though they are not energy efficient. The reality is that by spending the money to buy a new and more cost and energy efficient air conditioner, you’ll be saving a lot on the cost of operations in just one season alone.