Will A.C. be the end of us?
In a recent Time magazine article, Eric Klinenberg, a professor of sociology at New York University and the author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, got hot under the collar about America’s penchant for cooling down.
Klinenberg writes, “Trying to engineer hot weather out of existence rather than adjust our culture of consumption for the age of climate change is one of our biggest environmental blind spots. If you can’t stand the heat, you should know that blasting the AC will ultimately make us all even hotter.”
Essentially, he’s right. According the Department of Energy, air conditioners use about 5% of all the electricity produced in the United States. As a result, roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year—an average of about two tons for each home with an air conditioner.
But, as Klinenberg recognizes, the answer isn’t as simple as unplugging our need for comfortable air.
“During heat waves, artificial cooling can save the lives of old, sick and frail people, and epidemiologists have shown that owning an AC unit is one of the strongest predictors of who survives during dangerously hot summer weeks,” says Klinenberg. “I also recognize that air conditioners can enhance productivity in offices and make factories safer for workers who might otherwise wilt in searing temperatures.”
The real answer lies in finding more efficient way to cool our planet. That’s where Coolerado comes in. Our energy-efficient air conditioners—which employ the latest indirect evaporative cooling technology, the Maisotsenko Cycle—use up to 90 less energy than conventional units. And, the hotter the climate, the more efficiently our air conditioners cool.
As Americans—and the rest of the world—look for smarter ways to stay comfortable, we offer a cost-effective, eco-friendly alternative. Find out more about our cooling solutions.