Unfortunately, not many people get excited over the words "air conditioning." However, Warner Service has compiled some statistics that may make you question your energy-consuming habits. Check out our short list (and a few money-saving tips) below:
- 84 percent of all homes in the United States have some sort of air conditioning. In fact, the United States uses more air conditioning than all other nations combined.
- It is more common in American homes to have an air conditioning unit than a dishwasher, garage, or dining room.
- Only 42 percent of homeowners call a professional to perform routine maintenance on their A/C unit. Those who do schedule appointments have air conditioners that last 40 percent longer than the average A/C lifespan.
Tip: Call Warner Service for a routine check-up (here’s what a visit from us looks like), or sign up for a residential service agreement, so you can set it and forget it.
- 100 million tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year, which is about 2 tons per home, via air conditioners.
- Throughout the second half of the 20th century, almost all A/C units used chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as their refrigerant, which are harmful greenhouse gases. Some systems today use halogenated CFCs (HCFCs), but they’re just as toxic to the environment. Production of this “eco-friendly” alternative is expected to stop by 2030.
- Households in the Northeast are most likely to use window or wall air conditioning units while homes in the South are most likely to use central A/C equipment. Here's how you can keep cool without blasting the A/C.
- Turning on the air conditioner in a hybrid gas-electric vehicle results is a greater loss of gas mileage.
- 5 percent of all the electricity produced in the U.S. is from residential air conditioning, which cost more than $11 billion to homeowners.
Tip: Programmable thermostats can save homeowners up to $180 per year, so install one as soon as possible.
- If air conditioning were as popular and accessible throughout the world as it is in America, the greatest demand would be represented in India, China, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Pakistan, respectively.
- Summer peak electricity demand is about 22 percent higher than the height of demand in the winter.
- Studies show that about 5.5 percent of U.S. passenger vehicle fuel use goes toward running the air conditioning.
Tip: To save money and gas mileage on a hot day, drivers should turn off the car’s A/C and roll down the windows for cool air. It’ll also save your car some everyday wear and tear.
- Most homes spend about $300 annually on running the air conditioning and refrigeration. 30 percent goes toward A/C, 17 percent toward refrigeration, and 4 percent toward fans. Here's how to save a dime or two.
Warner Service knows a thing or two about air conditioning, but even some of these facts made our jaws drop. From cooling costs in your home and car to which countries need A/C the most, we’re blown away by these statistics.
If you want more money-saving tips, click below to download our handy checklist to keeping your A/C in check.
These facts were compiled with the help of American Scientist, Greentech Media, National Geographic, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.