Our Love-Hate-Mostly Love Relationship with A/C
Although the worst of this summer's heat may be behind us, the sun isn't yet down. And our air conditioners may be making the whole ordeal that much worse. According to The New York Times, representatives from nearly 200 countries met last month to work on a new global agreement that will regulate the use of HFCs, or hydrofluorocarbons. These chemical compounds help make our AC and fridge cold; but make our atmosphere hot, hot, and hotter.
HFCs are another greenhouse gas, like Carbon Dioxide, and trap outward heat and reradiate it back to the surface, increasing global warming. In addition, our air-conditioners require a lot of energy to run, increasing the total amount of other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to create that energy. *However* you don't have to completely throw away your AC-unit (I know you weren't going to anyways). The New York Times reports that if your air-conditioner is working properly, then it won't release HFCs into the atmosphere.