HVAC Systems And Climate Change
Within the last several years, global climate change has become a major issue, which cannot be ignored by society. In the last week, Bangalore felt the wrath of climate change as it received more rainfall than it’s received in the last 90 years causing the roads to flood, and water being clogged. In addition to financial losses that the city’s companies and people faced, there was also a lot of discomfort faced by the citizens of the city.
Considering the current situation, it becomes clear that each of us should contribute to solving this problem. This way, we will make the planet more sustainable, limit the scale of global climate change, and, in perspective, prevent natural disasters.
You may have already seen dozens of articles with instructions on how to make your living less harmful to a planet. But have you ever heard of the connection between the HVAC industry and the process of climate change? If the answer is no, this article will surely come in hand.
What are HVAC units?
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. HVAC refers to the different systems used for moving air between indoor and outdoor areas, along with heating and cooling both residential and commercial buildings. They are the systems that keep you warm and cozy in the winter and feeling cool and fresh in the summer. They also are the systems that filter and clean indoor air to keep you healthy and maintain humidity levels at optimal comfort levels.
How are HVAC units connected to climate change?
Building operations, such as heating, cooling and lighting, account for 28% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. With the increase in the greenhouse gases, there is an increase in the retention of heat and that makes the temperature warm. Forcing us to keep the air conditioning units switched on for longer periods of time, hence, it becomes just a vicious cycle.
HVAC systems and air conditioning units are one of the main reasons for climate change around the world. Adding to the already existing problem of the HVAC systems, the outdated HVAC Systems also work or emit CFCs which are further more harmful for the environment and to the ozone layer thus creating a problem which has to be dealt with immediately.
It is important that commercial buildings at large start working on reducing the carbon emissions of their HVAC systems. Clairco has been managing indoor air quality through filtration systems which also help with 5-8% of energy saving, but to have a larger impact on reducing carbon emissions, we are actively working on developing new technologies which would save upto 30% of energy and thus enable our clients in reducing the carbon emissions of their HVAC systems substantially.