Air-conditioning tech gets a boost as companies embrace automation
Advanced air-conditioner tech is getting a boost in the wake of a federal government study finding the technology can be used to make air conditioning systems cheaper and easier to install.
While many air-control systems still rely on traditional manual controls to manage temperature and humidity, automation allows people to make the switches themselves and then operate them remotely without having to rely on a computer or controller.
The National Air Quality Management Council report, published Tuesday, found that the technology has been used in homes across the country since 2006 to reduce the amount of air pollutants that get into homes and businesses.
It found the technology could also save up to $200,000 annually in the process.
In the first three years of the study, about 6,500 home owners reported using the technology to control temperature and air humidity, which is more than one-third of the homes in the U.S.
The study found that about 5 percent of people in homes with an air-con system said the technology reduced their monthly air pollution.
About 1 percent said the process reduced the amount they had to pay for air-pollution-control services.
Agency spokeswoman Katie Buell said the new report is a reminder to make sure air conditioning is working properly and that consumers who live in areas where air conditioning isn’t available should consider getting a home air-cooled.