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Global Warming Plot Of NASA GISS DataRising Arizona Temperatures Increase Arizona AC Energy Consumption To Twenty-Five Percent

From the U.S. Energy Information Administrations “Quick Facts” report concerning the Arizona state profile: 25-percent of the Arizona home energy consumption goes into home air conditioning (1). That’s four times the national average for energy usage directed into home cooling. On the plus side, heating Arizona households require less energy than the national average. In fact, the yearly average energy usage in Arizona homes runs at 26% less Btu of energy per home than does the typical U.S. home.

Then comes another negative side. The bulk of the consumed household energy goes toward Arizona AC equipment, equipment that typically operates from electricity, a relatively expensive means of creating energy. Furthermore, the typical Arizona household puts out around $1,700 per year on electricity. That’s roughly 14,000 kilowatt-hours consumed per home. According to the EIA report, more than 90% of Arizona households reap the benefits of installed and functional air conditioning — and 86% of those units are central AC systems.

Note that the expenses and energy consumption is averaged based upon an average Arizona home square footage of 1,798 feet. Larger homes require more cooling performance at a higher rate of energy consumption.

What Rising Temperatures Means To Your AC Lifespan

If purchased as a reputable manufacturer’s brand name and installed by a reputable and experienced HVAC installation company, you can expect 15 to 20 years lifespan from a central air conditioning system (2). But it is not just about the type of equipment and the quality of the installation. Usage and maintenance also play a major role in the lifespan of your home cooling system. And the say the least: Arizona AC usage leaps high above the national average.

Battling year after year of exceptionally smoking summers accelerates the rate of wear and tear on any home cooling system. However, you can help reduce the labors of the unit.

It begins by making certain that your unit is right-sized for your Arizona home. Ask your Arizona home AC expert about two-stage air conditioning system. Due to less on-and-off cycling, the two stage units tend to last longer than other type central units.

More tips…

  • Chose an established, reliable and experienced Arizona AC installation company
  • Follow up with routine maintenance
  • Change the air filter before it becomes a problem
  • Take care of your outside condensing unit
  • Schedule an annual maintenance plan with your local dealer.

 Climate Change Affecting Arizona AC Lifespan

According to the 2013 State of Arizona Hazard Mitigation Plan Risk Assessment, the on-going effects of climate change are evoking increased temperatures throughout the American southwest. Arizona is no exception. Since 1895, summer temperatures have been on the rise, topping the 20th century average summer after summer throughout this century. 100-plus degree days come more and more often. The 1981-2010 maximum July temperature in Phoenix and surrounding areas comes in at 110-plus.

Yet metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona remains among the fastest-growing urban regions in the U.S.. This adds to theLiving with asthma cover increase in temperatures. By the year 2000, the nighttime minimum central Phoenix temperature was up by 9 degrees F. All of it comes together in a cascading effect that impacts animal, plants and humans, which in turn means that more and more demand is placed on your in-home Arizona AC system.

But rolling back the effects of climate change is going to be a long slow process. In the mean time, you still need to stay cool. So take care of existing air conditioning system, and when the repairs begin to outweigh the value of the unit, call American Cooling and Heating for an immediate and cost-effective cooling system replacement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trane Commercial HVAC Systems – Dedicated Energy-Efficient Air Conditioning Equipment

Trane Commercial HVACIngersoll Rand / Trane Commercial HVAC Climate commitment

As a company that fully understands the pressing challenges associated with global warming, Ingersoll Rand, including the Trane Commercial HVAC division, has openly declared a global commitment to help resolve some of the world’s existing and future climate change problems (1). Although Ingersoll’s Trane commercial AC departments cannot address every cause and effect of climate change, they can and do address issues pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions and the unsustainable demand for energy resources within the heating and cooling industry.

According to Ingersoll’s Trane commercial air conditioning website, the company is committed to increasing energy efficiency in HVAC equipment while simultaneously crafting that equipment to reduce the associated air conditioning and refrigeration emission of greenhouse gas (GHG) components. According to the September 22, 2014 press release, current efforts toward that goal include:

  • A fifty-percent decrease in the GHG refrigerant footprint of Trane air conditioning and refrigeration products by the year 2020
  • The modification of equipment for use of alternative refrigerant components in all Trane A/C products across the board by the year 2030
  • A five-year Company commitment to research and development. The $500-million investment is designed to help Trane created an HVAC-related long-term reduction in GHG emissions
  • An internal shift in operations designed to reduce the functional in-house greenhouse gas footprint by thirty-five percent by the year 2020
  • AND more.

 Ingersoll Rand Parent To Trane Commercial HVAC and More

As a $12 billion global business, Ingersoll Rand receives income by manufacturing and selling energy-efficient manufacturing environmental controls and comfort-sustainable living and working environments. The Ingersoll family of brands includes:

  • Club Car®
  • Ingersoll Rand®
  • Thermo King®
  • AND Trane®.

The Trane Commercial Air Conditioning Division

The Trane division of Ingersoll Rand sprang out of La Crosse, Wis. in 1885 when James Trane and son, Reuben, developed and introduced a new design for low-pressure steam heating. Then the company grew, introducing Trane commercial AC systems and other large building chiller units. By 1984, Trane was a national know provider of residential and energy management heating and cooling equipment. In June of 2008, the Ingersoll Rand Company acquired all rights to the Trane HVAC Company.

Commercial HVAC products include:

  • Chillers – Air-cooled, water-cooled, and even absorption liquid systems
  • Unitary Systems — From self-contained to split systems, including options for water source heat pumps
  • Air Handlers – With stock units for air cleaning options, blower coil units, make-up air gas heat systems, and other performance air handlers
  • Terminal Devices – Ranging from Fan coil components to ventilation fans, and a host of options for variable air volume
  • Ductless Systems – Noted for using Advantage VRF (Variable Refrigerant Volume) efficiency.

Furthermore, the Trane commercial HVAC product line includes the Trane dedicated outdoor air solution system. The unit makes use of 100-percent outdoor air, thus providing better indoor air quality (IAQ), efficient control of relative humidity, and an effective decrease in the work load of existing internal HVAC equipment.

And then… Sometimes you need coils replaced. The Trane commercial AC SureFit Coils operation can satisfy that requirement. The SureFit division produces 90% of all Trane coils. Availability is within 1 to 3 days. But what really makes it nice… American Cooling and Heating can take care of all the fine details. You don’t have to fret the time frame or the process of what to order.

American Cooling And Heating provides Trane Commercial HVAC Sales and Service

You expect quality service from your Arizona commercial A/C installation and service center. American Cooling and Heating provides Trane commercial AC maintenance, service and installation. So remember: Trane products may rank among the best in the commercial HVAC industry, but it takes installation workmanship to reap the highest margin of Trane commercial air conditioning efficiency.

Contact the American Cooling and Heating commercial HVAC sales center now.

 

 

 

 

 

1) http://investor.shareholder.com/ir/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=871992

 

 

Greenhouse Gases Catch 22, Obama Administration Confronts HFCs

global warming - greenhouse gases catch 22Next Step Obama Administration Effort To Reduce Greenhouse Gases Catch 22 Problems

Greenhouse gases Catch 22, what are the issues? The battle to reduce climate change has caused many complications in the way Americans and the world perceive the costs of owning and operating air conditioning and refrigerant equipment. And when the efforts to reduce greenhouse gases result in fixes that need fixing, some might question the need for any kind of fix.

I’m not taking sides in the arguments for or against global warming. That’s a different subject. But I do want to point out a simple Catch 22 that climate change experts and the White House rule makers should keep in mind when evoking new laws that force major expenses on homeowners, business owners and the heating and cooling industry as a whole. Replacing a home air conditioning system can be expensive. And no one wants to to hear about HFCs problems three years after the installation..   

Obama Administration and the EPA Battleground

On September 16, 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved into the next phase of the Obama Administrations commitment toward curbing greenhouse gases. Tagged as a “fresh” approach in the ongoing battle to reduce hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), the White House has set focus on a handful of global industries. The goal is twofold:

  1. Educate the private sector concerning the risk of HFCs associated usage in modern refrigerators and air conditioners
  2. Develop and deploy alternative technologies for heating and cooling resources.

Typically defined as stronger than CO2 by as much as 10,000 times, HFCs greenhouse gases are considered a major contributor to worldwide climate change. The products come about in a sort of control greenhouse gases Catch 22 arrangement wherein HFCs chemicals were introduced as a replacement for refrigerant and air-conditioning freon back in the 1990s.

The Catch: Although HFCs products cause no harm to the Earth’s ozone layer they are yet major contributors to climate change. So it’s a solution wherein we fix one thing with something that also ends up needing a fix. But what drives the efforts?

According to the 2013 Climate Analytics reports, not curbing greenhouse gases associated with HFC emission will result in a related climate change problem tripled in size by 2030 (1). On the other hand, corrective reduction in HFC gases bears the hope of decreasing global temperature by ½ degree before 2050. Seems a long wait and lots of work for ½ degree. One can only hope that this fix does not result in yet another threat from a different angle.

In seeking to illustrate the expected result-to-action goals, the Obama Administration confronts HFCs by providing industry and public with the following examples:

  • A reduction in HFC related greenhouse gases such as R-134a as used in refrigerant and air conditioning equipment could produce a 1.5% decrease from greenhouse gases as measured in 2010.
  • Increased management and leak control in supermarkets could eliminate 27-million metric tons of carbon dioxide. This is a per year reduction that can reduce processing costs as well as climate-changing gas emissions.

Greenhouse Gases Catch 22

As defined by Merriam-Webster, the term “Catch 22” pertains to a difficult situation wherein there can be uncovered no simple, easy or possible solution. It’s a “problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem. (2)” Furthermore, any efforts to resolve the problem tend to result in an opposite effect of what is intended.

While I don’t deny the need to address global warming, climate change, and the need for curbing greenhouse gases, I wonder if we are once again getting ready to take on another climate change Catch 22? As in past efforts to management climate control, the answer to that question may be a while in coming. Right now, the EPA plans to publish a new list of approved fluorinated and non-fluorinated chemicals to be used in heating, cooling, refrigerant and other related HFCs dependent industries. So once again the nation will invest in workshops, equipment and upgrades to help the industry move away from HFCs.

Is it just another greenhouse gases Catch 22? Thoughts, views and opinions are welcome.

 

 

 

 

1) Climate Analytics, All Publications, 09/17/2014

2) Merriam-Webster, Catch 22, noun, often in caps

 

 

Climate Change in Arizona – The Economic Impact Of Climate Change On Arizona Citizens

Global Warming Plot Of NASA GISS DataArizona residents are well familiar with the blunt-force temperatures of climate change. But now the economic consequences are also mounting. Join American Cooling and Heating in this brief overview of global warming cost-and-effect in Arizona.

Even as politicians argue the validity of global warming, the economic burden of laws designed to reduce and control human-triggered climate change wrap heavy hands around the livelihood of citizens in Arizona and other regions of the Southwest U.S.,” local spokesperson for ACH in Arizona.

Managing Global Warming, Climate Change and the Economic Fallout

After enduring over a decade of year-by-year temperature increases averaging nearly two degrees Fahrenheit, Arizona residents don’t tend to argue the validity of global warming or the reality of undesirable climate change. The heat is here. This South-western state has experienced the highest brute-force temperature change of any of the lower 48 states in the U.S. Long-term heat increases seem a permanent complication. Recent studies indicate that by 2050 Arizona citizens can expect to see regional temperatures climb by another three to five degrees.

So why do the residents of this fine state resist the industrial changes that can help reduce the problem?

Fixing global warming requires economic sacrifice. In a nation already struggling against a fragile economy, such sacrifice seems unreasonable. Surrendering daily bread in exchange for resolving long-term climate change seems a sour tradeoff. According to the senior vice president of communications at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, Laura Sheehan, issues pertaining to climate change should be taking a back seat to current economic demands (1). Too many people perceive Obama’s climate change agenda as political rather than essential. Real issues are at state. Across the country, families are struggling to pay bills, meet necessary health care conditions, and provide for a bit of comfort in a troubled world.

But restraint is not the only mindset. According to Frances Beinecke from the Natural Resources Defense Council, acting now to eliminate human-triggered climate change will help the economy by providing new jobs, lower cooling costs, and a healthier environment. Yet for most people, fixing global warming should not be in the Top 10 list of national priorities. Climate change is an issue to be addressed, but one look at what is going on in Arizona reveals an unacceptable measure of economic sacrifice.

Commissioned regulations crafted to ensure a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases are already in effect. And they are promoting increased economic burdens on all local industries, including the agricultural industry, an industry of primary strength in the American Southwest. With a March 2014 unemployment rate of 7.3, Arizona hangs with the top eight highest levels of unemployed in the nation (2). Laws that burden industry with additional expenses hinder employment opportunities.

Arizona residents are prodding government agencies to fix the current problems rather than the long-term human-triggered climate change issues. For families already suffering due to new regulations associated with fixing global warming, the demand is that Arizona leaders establish laws that successfully reduce the impact of human-triggered climate change without trashing the economic stability of the affected regions.

Climate Change in Arizona – Obvious But Not So Important As Having a Job

Economic prosperity requires progressive growth. Yet urban expansion generates higher urban heat tables. In recent years, the nighttime temperatures in Arizona have exceeded those of the adjoining states by as great an increase as 10 degrees. However, the laws designed to correct global warming increase business operating costs and hinder progress. The Arizona economy suffers the fallout. Businesses go under. Locals lose jobs. And families pay the higher cost for controlling local human-triggered climate change.

Throughout the Southwest:

  • Summertime grows hotter
  • Above normal high temperatures has become the normal
  • 90 degree-plus nighttime temperatures are on the increase
  • The local water table is decreasing
  • Water pollution is on the increase
  • Fire, dust and dry land shadow daily life
  • Local precipitation has decreased
  • According to scientific predictions: By the mid-century, Arizona will suffer a 40-percent decrease in usable water.

Reports from the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) indicate that the decrease in local precipitation will affect growth in all major local industry sectors including:

  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Utilities
  • AND more.

The consequences of accumulated industrial losses will affect consumer incomes, consumer spending and population growth throughout state. According to the SNL economic study, Arizona lingers as one of the most vulnerable states in the nation. With regional agriculture and ranching industries already struggling for survival, the cost of the economic fallout on marginalized farmers may be too great to withstand.

It’s not yet a panic situation, but for most Arizona residents the necessity to deal with the immediate economic problems far outweighs any need for correcting long-term global warming issues. Arizona local, state and federal agencies need to equalize the cost structure and establish an economically practical resolution to the effects of global warming.

 

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Disclaimer: This article and its content do not constitute legal, financial, technical, or medical advice. While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that this document is correct at the time of publication, the company and its employees and agents disclaim any and all liability to any person in respect of anything or the consequences of anything done or omitted to be done in reliance upon the whole or any part of this article and its content. All trademarks, logos, and associated content displayed are the property of their respective owners. 

 

1)      http://m.csmonitor.com/Environment/2014/0506/No-region-of-US-untouched-by-climate-change-but-effects-vary-report-finds-video

2)      http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/lauhsthl.htm

 

Rural Climate Change – What Does Global Warming and Climate Change Mean To Rural America?

Rural Climate Change, Morning in DesertThe Three-Stage Effect of Rural Climate Change – A 2014 Global Warming Update For Rural America From Arizona Air Conditioning Service Center, American Cooling and Heating

“Climate change and the associated accumulation of global warming directly impacts rural economies and rural populations. According to the Rural Policy Research Institute, current and future climate change legislation will affect rural landscapes, rural prosperity and rural livelihoods (1),” Phoenix ACH research department.

The Three-Stage Cause and Effects of Rural Climate Change

Climate change as defined by a layperson might simply declare global warming the result of man-inflamed changes in global climate. Such a brief definition would not be far off base. However, the official definition from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) establishes a three-point structure behind such shifts in climate. The process is as follows:

  1. Either directly or indirectly, human activities alter the composition of the global atmosphere
  2. The changes aggravated by human activities increase the natural variances in climate shifts
  3. The difference between human provoked changes and the natural shifts in climate can be measured and applied to a comparable time frame (2).

Since the IPCC definition focuses directly to human activities, each segment of society experiences a slightly different process of causes, effects and solutions. For rural U.S. communities, the effects of climate change impacts three primary components of life.

  1. The economics and the populations of the rural region
  2. The changes to rural prosperity and rural methods of earning a livelihood as a result of ongoing policies and legislation for mitigation and adaptation
  3.  AND the effects of mitigation and adaptation on the management of rural landscapes.

The rural economy thrives on the natural environment. From agricultural land to watersheds and from fisheries to range-lands, rural communities stand as stewards for the nation. The effects of rural climate change are both positive and negative. Increased levels of carbon dioxide promote quicker and stronger plant growth. However, changes in the atmospheric patterns of precipitation promote water-related complications including droughts, floods, and an increased risk of extreme storms in all areas.

Rural climate change also increases the risks assumed by climate-vulnerable individuals. From seniors to children and from the poor to the destitute, many rural individuals and Rural Climate Changegroups fall into a unique danger zone defined as the “climate gap,” a concept that is primarily associated with the less physically adaptable or less economically adaptable members of U.S. rural society.

Reports from various economic studies indicate that climate change may seriously reduce job opportunities in the agriculture sector of U.S. employment. Furthermore, the current and future “climate crisis” solutions will likely increase the costs related to rural farming and food production. Thus those members of society who fall into the “climate gap” may be forced to struggle even harder for both food and survival.

For many senior citizens and many of the people who are too poor to afford adequate health care, home air conditioning, and other protection from extreme weather, the “climate Rural Climate Change gap” will continue to widen both in inner city communities and in rural communities. Yet according to the Ford Foundation, many of the current climate change policies are flawed and actually increase the vulnerability of people in rural communities (3). U.S. policy makers must keep a close eye on closing the gaps. Research, networking among organizations, and communications help level the playing field, but this aspect of the cause and effect of global warming is far from secure;

What Does Global Warming and Climate Change Mean To Rural America?

Rural communities are responsible for a significant measure of climate change. For example: Rural agricultural emissions kick out up to six-percent of the U.S. annual GGE disturbances. A lack of public transportation in rural areas amplifies the problem, and even those rural residents with personal transportation typically travel longer distances than their urban neighbors.

Furthermore, the effects of greenhouse gas mitigation in rural areas is regional uneven. Big competitors in the food market produce the greater potential for generating greenhouse gases. Regions such as the Rockies and the Southwest are least responsible for greenhouse gases. Yet each group falls under certain aspects of the national mitigation and adaptation policies and strategies

The process of global warming management and control requires an overall integrated approach that includes:

  • Policy tools
  • Application of renewable energy resources Investment in on-going climate change research
  • Renewed attention to energy conservation
  • Better management of forests, range-lands and wetlands
  • Advanced methods for preventing complications associated with fire and erosion
  • New agricultural practices dedicated to reduced emissions, changes in livestock feed products, better farming practices and better control of rotational grazing.

Every local and state region has crafted some measures for managing man-evoked changes in the Earth’s climate. The IPCC presented the results of studies and projections. More policies and rules are yet to come. Understanding how climate change, global warming and all the upcoming rules and regulations will affect rural America is still a question in the making. Meantime, rural America is already mixed up in the struggles.

Global warming and climate change series presented by American Cooling and Heating, Arizona HVAC Sales and Service for Trane, Amana, Goodman, Rheem, Carrier and all other major HVAC brands. For information on current ACH 2014 A/C product promotions, contact: http://www.americancoolingandheating.com

 

 

 

Disclaimer:

This article and its content do not constitute legal, financial, technical, or medical advice. While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that this document is correct at the time of publication, the company and its employees and agents disclaim any and all liability to any person in respect of anything or the consequences of anything done or omitted to be done in reliance upon the whole or any part of this article and its content. All trademarks, logos, and associated content displayed are the property of their respective owners.

  1. http://www.rupri.org/Forms/Climate_Change_Brief.pdf
  2. http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/report/final-drafts
  3. http://www.fordfoundation.org/issues/sustainable-development/climate-change-responses-that-strengthen-rural-communities
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