Energy-efficient Air Conditioner that Cools Without Warming the Planet
Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the urgent need to make more sustainable choices. As paper straws, recyclable packaging and biodegradable materials are replacing our old ways, people are also looking for more eco-friendly cooling systems.
Choosing a more energy-efficient air conditioner is a great way of reducing greenhouse gasses and doing your bit to ease the strain on our planet’s energy resources. Here’s why…
The Need for Sustainable Air Conditioning Solutions Has Never Been Greater
Global demand for electricity increases every year, placing even greater strain on our warming planet. According to an analysis by the International Energy Agency, the growing use of air conditioners in homes and offices around the world will be a major contributing factor to the rising energy demand over the next three decades.
Research has shown that air conditioning already accounts for 40% of electricity bills in Singapore. That is because most current air conditioners are based on technology that is a century old. Electricity grids in many countries have been brought to their knees because so many of us reach for the remote and turn on our air conditioners in hot weather. The latest IPCC report estimates that by 2100, with current technologies, emissions from residential room air conditioners will be about 15% of today’s total emissions. Yet, we need to eliminate all greenhouse emissions by mid century!
It’s clear to see that air conditioning is a major culprit in the rising energy demand. But home and office cooling poses yet another threat to the environment: Leaking HFC refrigerant gases have a global warming potential of up to 4,000 than that of CO2. And these gasses, released from billions of powerful air conditioners, could make climate change 25% worse than today’s forecasts.
A significant factor impacting apparent temperatures is what’s called an Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect – caused by the heat generated from human activities and trapped by urban surfaces such as buildings and roads. One giant contributor to the UHI effect: Singaporeans’ reliance on air conditioners. Housing blocks and office buildings effectively end up ejecting hot air that heats up the surroundings.
According to an interview with CNA in January 2019, when describing the effect of a stack of air-conditioner units, Professor Gerhard Schmitt – head of a research team called “Cooling Singapore” at the Singapore-ETH Centre – said: “The bottom one is ejecting heat to the outside, but this heat is then sucked in by the next one, and the next one and the next. The higher you go, the higher the temperature that comes out. That means the household on top could end up paying higher electricity bills for running the air-con” he noted.
If you’re wondering what difference that can make to the apparent temperature around you, the National University of Singapore (NUS) recorded a difference in night-time temperatures of 4.3°C between Orchard Road (29.1°C) and Lim Chu Kang (24.8°C).
Singapore is heating up 2x as fast as the rest of the world – and global warming isn’t the only culprit. #WhyItMatters
Posted by CNA Insider on Friday, January 11, 2019
The need for sustainable air conditioning solutions has never been greater. Fortunately, there’s hope. Thanks to Close Comfort’s ground-breaking cooling technology, a more sustainable option is available in the form of one of the world’s best eco-friendly air conditioners. Close Comfort uses four to eight times less energy and one fifth of the refrigerant used by normal room air conditioners.
Everyone can now afford air-conditioned comfort, while living within a sustainable energy budget for the planet!
Say Hello to Close Comfort’s Green Cooling System – the Air Conditioner that Saves Electricity
A refrigerated air conditioner with low power consumption has been a pipedream until recent technological breakthroughs. Close Comfort’s eco-friendly personal air conditioner has been designed to make cooling less energy intensive and more environmentally friendly using unique and patented eco-friendly personal cooling technology. This innovative unit is transforming the world of air conditioning by saving between 75% and 85% electricity.
What’s different about Close Comfort personal air conditioners?
Close Comfort technology could, if widely adopted, slash anticipated greenhouse gas emissions from normal room air conditioners significantly. It seems too good to be true, yet it is true.
Saving energy is not the only thing that makes Close Comfort’s unit one of the most environmentally friendly air conditioners in the world.
Wall mounted air conditioners have a large quantity of refrigerant that needs to be replaced with annual servicing and maintenance. Inevitably, these powerful greenhouse gasses slowly leak through the screwed joints at the indoor and outdoor units, making them a major contributor to global warming.
Close Comfort, on the other hand, only uses a tiny amount of refrigerant and a non-toxic gas, which is commonly used in cars. This refrigerant is captured in a permanently welded refrigeration circuit, like most domestic fridges, which keeps the gas inside permanently. The small amount of refrigerant used, together with the way in which the gas is sealed inside, makes Close Comfort’s COOL FOCUS unit one of the top eco-friendly portable air conditioners available today. In 2020, Close Comfort will switch to the natural refrigerant R290 with a thousand times less greenhouse impact.
Run Your Close Comfort Personal Air Conditioner All Night for Less than 60 cents
Saving energy at home is not only good for the planet but also great for your pocket. Requiring only 300 Watts to run – the equivalent of just four old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs, Close Comfort personal cooling systems are far less power-hungry than the bigger wall mounted units, or even most of the smaller portable air conditioners available today. Used with the optional Igloo bed tent, Close Comfort’s eco-friendly portable air conditioner only consumes around 60 cents worth of electricity to keep you cool in hot, humid conditions during an eight-hour night. No other air conditioner can provide so much cooling comfort on so little electricity.
With solar panels installed, you can of course run an air conditioner during the middle of the day completely on solar power. However, to use a room air conditioner at night you will need very expensive batteries to store enough solar electricity. With Close Comfort, the energy consumption is so low that you really don’t need to worry where the electricity is coming from.
Thanks to Close Comfort’s innovative, eco-friendly portable air conditioner, you can save a significant amount of money on electricity bills while doing your bit to ensure that the environment is not sacrificed in our quest for thermal comfort.
Discover the future of air conditioning with Close Comfort’s simple, portable, and extremely energy-efficient air conditioner today!