Many people believe that the use of air
conditioning and refrigeration systems are harmful to the environment.
It is true of this in the past, but the use of new refrigerant gases,
and much tighter guidelines and regulations, have dramatically reduced
the harmful effect of refrigerant gases into the environment. Also, the
high COP of air conditioning systems, especially heat pumps, means less
electrical energy input, reducing power station emissions.
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Action to contain, prevent and reduce emissions of F gases is
being taken by the EU as part of its obligations under the Kyoto
Protocol. The UK and the EU, are signatories to the protocol and the UK
is therefore committed to reducing its emissions. In 2006, the EU introduced the EU F gas Regulation. The obligations
in this regulation are to detail and introduce minimum requirements
which must be complied with. You can access a range of free downloads here including: Guides for End
Users, Contractors, Leak checking advice and Refrigerant use logs.There are some very useful guidance notes
as well as an F-Gas support section. There is a very useful toolkit section that narrows down your requirements and uploads relevant guidance notes.
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returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising
low carbon technologies. They outline a range of advice and services to help cut carbon emissions,
reduce costs and give your organisation a competitive edge. See what the
next steps are for your organisation and how they can help you achieve
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They cover – and make policy and legislation, and work with others to deliver policies in - areas such as:
the natural environment
biodiversity, plants and animals
sustainable development and the green economy
food, farming and fisheries
animal health and welfare
environmental protection and pollution control
rural communities and issues.
A Few Facts
1. Thanks to the heating and air conditioning industry, our cities are much cleaner today than they were a century ago.
2. Though unheralded, modern gas and electric heating systems have
probably done more than any single innovation to clean the air in our
3. The heating and air conditioning industry is a leader in
environmental protection. Long before there was a Montreal Protocol or
Kyoto Agreement, the heating and air conditioning industry voluntarily
began to reduce and eliminate the use of ozone damaging CFC's and HFC's.
What Is The Easiest Thing I Can Do To Help?
of the simplest, most economical, and smartest things you can do to
reduce your home or businesses environmental impact is to service the air
conditioner every Spring (heat pumps
should be tuned in the Spring and Autumn and to clean and adjust Boilers in the Autumn. This helps the environment by restoring
system efficiency and capacity, which reduces waste and run time. It
also cuts utility expenses, reduces the potential for an equipment
breakdown, and extends equipment life. It's not just smart for the
environment, it's smart for your wallet and your time too.
What Can I Do To Make The Most Impact?
most significant way you can reduce your home's environmental impact is
to purchase one of today's most efficient systems. Heating and air
conditioning technology has improved dramatically in recent years, both
minimizing the industry's environmental impact and energy costs. The
most efficient boilers release the least amount of harmful emmissions. The most efficient air conditioners and heat pumps use the
least electricity, cutting harmful emissions at generating plants.
How Can I Avoid Damage From Refrigerants?
Older air conditioning and refrigeration systems use HFC's, which do impact the ozone
layer, but far, far less than the CFC's found in household
refrigerators. Since your air conditioner is a sealed system and we
capture and recycle HFC's from your air conditioner, there is little
risk that your refrigerants will impact the environment as long as there
are no leaks. regular maintenance will not only provide more efficient systems, but also reduce the chance of a leak. However, If your system leaks refrigerant, it is important to get
it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. If you replace your air
conditioning system the new one one may use a different type of
refrigerant that is environmentally neutral.
Through recycling, water conservation,
and more efficient technology, people and companies have made great
strides in becoming more environmentally responsible. However, these
efforts still fall short of what is needed for long term success on this
planet. While the ecosystem has some abilities to correct or heal
itself, the limitations on the damage it can sustain are imminent. It is
essential that more people begin to recognize the seriousness of these
issues and start taking personal responsibility for the environment.