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Virtual fresh air: Air conditioning evolves to combat climate change | SmartPlanet.com

Virtual fresh air: Air conditioning evolves to combat climate change | SmartPlanet.com | Lennox | Scoop.it

Apparently, it’s a good time to be indoors. The earth is warming up, warns the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week. In the same hot breath, its North American chapter calls for “targeted and sustainable air conditioning,” among other steps, to deal with the impending global catastrophe.

 

But cool your jets! Summer air conditioning (aka AC) will cause a surge in energy demand, the IPCC also warns, spiraling from about 300 terawatt-hours in 2000 to a projected 4,000 terawatt-hours in 2050. That will add way more greenhouse gases, fanning the proverbial flames.

 

Fortunately, we're seeing new ideas that promise to dramatically boost the power of AC while reducing the energy consumption associated with it. Ideas like underfloor air flow designs and chilled beams are entering the architectural lexicon. There are biofilters that scrub and freshen indoor air, so it can recirculate without losing its cool, so to speak. Hordes of new parasitic devices are emerging to siphon energy from old, inefficient heating air-conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) systems. These technologies steal the heat and cold air, sending it off to places in a building where it’s needed.

 

Architects and engineers also reaching back into the past to revive smart ideas from the ancients, such as operable windows (as opposed to those you can't open), roofs covered with earth and rock for insulation, water features, and Persian-style wind catchers that naturally ventilate indoor air.

 

Green-minded, innovative architects like the United Kingdom's Norman Foster and Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects are using these ideas, and the results are often breathtaking.

 

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HowStuffWorks "How Air Conditioners Work" - Home and Garden

HowStuffWorks "How Air Conditioners Work" - Home and Garden | Lennox | Scoop.it
The first modern air conditioning system was developed in 1902 by a young electrical engineer named Willis Haviland Carrier. It was designed to solve a humidity problem at the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Company in ...
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AIR CONDITIONER | Relaxing White Noise For Great Sleep (10 Hours)

DOWNLOAD AIR CONDITIONER MP3: http://www.8minutesleep.com/comfort-sounds.html http://www.Zazzle.com/Galaxy_Swag | Get Cool Celestial Merchandise If you're like me, then the sound of an air...
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Air Conditioning Consumption In The U.S. [INFOGRAPHIC] #airconditioning #consumption

Air Conditioning Consumption In The U.S. [INFOGRAPHIC] #airconditioning #consumption | Lennox | Scoop.it
Filed under: Living Tagged: Air Conditioning, Consumption

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Have You Made the Switch for Energy Efficient Lighting

Have You Made the Switch for Energy Efficient Lighting | Lennox | Scoop.it
A recent trend has been the growing popularity of LED lighting. Each year, upgrades utilizing LED technology represent more and more of lighting retrofits. LED project proposals went from 16 percent of lighting upgrades fellows recommended in 2012 to nearly half of all lighting projects in 2013.

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Have You Made the Switch for Energy Efficient Lighting.

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5 Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning - Good Housekeeping

5 Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning - Good Housekeeping | Lennox | Scoop.it
These tips will help reduce your energy bill for your air conditioner.
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Window Film and Energy Efficient Buildings

This video explains how Window Film technology contributes to recent European Union energy efficiency targets for new and existing buildings. The video was p...
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Study: Home air conditioning cut premature deaths on hot days 80 percent since 1960

Study: Home air conditioning cut premature deaths on hot days 80 percent since 1960 | Lennox | Scoop.it

As winter begins to tighten its grip on much of the United States, air conditioning doesn’t seem like much of a survival strategy. But a new study has found that home air conditioning played a key role in reducing American death rates over the past half-century, by keeping people cool on extremely hot days.

 

The installation of air conditioning in American homes is the reason why the chances of dying on an extremely hot day fell 80 percent over the past half-century, according to an analysis by a team of American researchers.


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How to Make a House Energy Efficient

http://www.drenergysaver.com | 1-888-225-6260 In this episode of the On the Job series, Larry Janesky, owner and founder of Dr. Energy Saver, walks us throug...
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From Heating to Lighting: 5 Simple Changes You Can Make to Save Energy at Work

From Heating to Lighting: 5 Simple Changes You Can Make to Save Energy at Work | Lennox | Scoop.it
Saving energy at work may not seem like a big priority. However, making small and easy changes to your workday routine can have a significant effect on the

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5 Simple Changes You Can Make to Save Energy at Work #energysavngtips #energysaving

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Steps to Efficient Heating

Steps to Efficient Heating | Lennox | Scoop.it
This infographic provides simple and easy steps for households to reduce heating bills as the winter is getting colder. Those steps might seem easy but not many people are aware of.

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How Air Conditioning Works Animation--Part 1 of 3

Animation of compression refrigeration cycle and air conditioning Heat of vaporization Pressure and boiling point Why is an aerosol can cold? Compression ref...
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Bill Nye on Making His House Energy-Efficient

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, joins Lunch Break to discusses his own home to show how energy-efficient houses save both money and the environment. Photo: Michal...
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