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June 12, 2013

They're gonna be screwing with your A/C again soon...

Got scandal fatigue? Maybe this will brighten your day some...

Because emerging A/C markets are going to suck up almost ALL of the electric power generated by "renewables".


"The main significance of this study is that the estimated future electricity footprint of air conditioners is on par with or surpasses the electricity to be generated from renewable sources such as wind and solar," said Berkeley Lab scientist Nihar Shah, the lead author of the report. "This implies that policies to promote more efficient air conditioning equipment should be pursued with a similar seriousness and concern."
So what's the big deal? New R-22 based units have been banned, replaced by R-410a units. The Ozone hole was saved, life was good, right? No. Not good enough. You see R-410a was good for ozone, but its still a "global warming gas". Bad, bad, bad.

Usually, when there some "policy" changes in the works like this, it means your "new" A/C unit is only gonna blow slightly less warm air, or you need to flush 3 times, or you need to wash dishes before putting them in your water saver dishwasher with no-phosphate soaps.

Maybe not this time though. It looks like the A/C industry is trying to get ahead of the global warming curve looking for R-410a "drop in" replacements that don't upset the AGW crowd and work better than R-410a.

The vast majority of new residential A/C install for the past few years have been R-410a units, so this is good news for anyone in the market for a new A/C at some point in the future.


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