Cold? Yes, but efficient. High energy consumption, low efficiency and noisiness are the three critical points of air conditioners that are damaging the environment. To remedy the situation, the European Commission has adopted a new Regulation, active from January 2013: an environment-friendly refrigerants use. Cooling. Heating.
High energy consumption, low efficiency and noisiness are the three critical points of air conditioners that are transformed immediately into costly bills and damage to the environment. Add to this the loss of refrigerant gases, which are also harmful.
To remedy the situation, air conditioners now being one of the most common appliances in homes and workplaces, the European Commission has adopted a new Regulation.
"The measure, already published in the Official EU Journal – wrote Silvana Santo on the website Eco dalle città – in particular introduces specific minimum performance requirements to be met by devices placed onto the Community market".
The first standards will become mandatory as of January 2013, while in 2014 even more stringent rules will become effective.
Energy expenditure in stand-by is also important for air conditioners. Air conditioners should ensure minimum efficiency performance standards not only with regard to operational consumption but also when in the standby mode.
“Starting next year – Santo wrote – energy consumption in any of the “off” or “standby” modes must not exceed 1 Watt (0.5 Watt in 2014), while the appliances on "display" mode should not absorb more than 2 watts ".
In addition to establishing a maximum limit for noisiness, the Regulation also introduces new provisions regarding consumer information.
The product technical sheets must contain precise data on cooling and heating capacity, on power consumption values, on energy consumption in off and standby mode, on noisiness and on the quantity of CO2 produced from the refrigerant gas.
The efficiency standards are less stringent for air conditioners that contain gas with low environmental impact. This is how the EU intends to boost the use of environment-friendly refrigerants.
New rules also for fan labels.
Starting from 2013, indeed, those buying one of these devices must be informed of its maximum air flow, power consumption, energy consumption in stand-by mode and sound power levels.
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