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How to Stay Cool, Productive and Green in the Home


Forget about walking from room to room in solitude with your Prada shades and popped collar; there’s a better way to stay cool at home! By going to sites like, you can browse an array of devices that offer some pretty cool options. This article is of course referring to air conditioners, and they come in many forms are variations. Knowing which one is right for your home is vital to staying cool in a cost-effective, green manner.

Don’t believe the hype

Air conditioners may have the stigma of bad reputations for being “rough on the environment”, but let’s face it, if people are left to swelter in the heat, how productive will our society be? In an article published by The New York Times the “cost of cool” is examined by looking at the productivity of “third world” countries or those with challenging economies, and how citywide air conditioning benefitted their lives. The article takes a firm stance in stating that people need air conditioning to be prosperous, and it even sites Peter Wargocki, an expert on indoor air quality at the International Center for Indoor Environment and Energy at the Technical University of Denmark. Wargocki says that air conditioning made the economy grow for Singapore, and continues to do the same for other emerging economies. Let’s face it; if we all shut off the AC in the name of going green, we will not be fit to work productively. A better solution is to invest in an air conditioning unit that is energy efficient.

A green solution

There are several products on the market that are environmentally friendly. For example, solar ready HVAC systems use the natural power of the sun to reduce heating and cooling bills. By harnessing the sun’s solar energy, homeowners will be reducing the power used by their local utility, and they may even be eligible for generous tax credits.

The most popular type

Outdoor units are by far the most popular choice for providing climate control throughout an entire home and they are far more cost efficient and better for the environment than having a single window unit in each room. Here is how it works: the compressor pumps refrigerant through the unit to gather heat from inside the living space and moving it to the outdoors. While this happens heat and moisture is removed from the indoor air of the living space by expelling warm, moisture-rich air over the unit’s evaporator coil that drips down into a drain pan where water is gathered and sent down the pipe to be drained away from the home.

That scary thing in the attic

We aren’t talking about ghosts, but rather inadequate insulation. If an attic isn’t properly insulated your hard earned dollars spent in keeping the home cool could literally be going up in the air while you use excessive, wasteful amounts of electricity than normally needed to cool the indoors. Before investing in an air conditioning system you will want to make sure your home is ready to accommodate the device and receive its maximum benefits while tapping in to as little utility resources as possible. Any reputable air conditioning and heating company will provide this service, so be sure to inquire and see if they offer free estimates.

Some final thoughts

There are ways to be environmentally friendly and cost efficient by investing in a cooling system that won’t utilize excessive amounts of energy or that drain your wallet dry. Staying cool and efficient is a vital part to mankind’s success and advancement, and at the end of the day we are only as good as the air quality we work in.


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