Saturday, March 10, 2012

Harmfulness of air conditioners

Although climate release harmful freon into the atmosphere, excessive exposure can lead to suffocation.
In this time of summer when air conditioning needs of almost every household, the question is just how dangerous they release Freon into the atmosphere?

The freon is non-flammable gas with no color, smell and taste, which is not toxic. It belongs to a group of liquid chemicals, used in air conditioners and refrigerators. Best known as Freon R-12 and R-22, which were most important in the manufacture of refrigeration equipment. Freons are insoluble in water, and penetrate high into the stratosphere because they are inert in chemical reactions.

How harmful is actually quite a controversial issue. Specifically, it appears that continuous exposure can be risky, and in large quantities can cause suffocation.

Need an alternative solution

Refrigerators that existed until the thirties of the twentieth century, as a refrigerant, used the toxic gases: ammonia (NH3), methyl chloride (CH3Cl) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). After a number of fatal accidents caused by leakage of methyl chloride from the fridge, people have them addressed.

Despite concern about the substance in air conditioners, a fact that is not lethal to humans unless the lungs are flooded with it. But what we can say with certainty is that the freon was bad for the environment and the ozone layer, since it is lighter than air and is much faster rises in the atmosphere, where it reacts.

Measurements is an established fact that one molecule of CFC in the atmosphere remains 50 to 100 years leading to the conclusion that the consequences will be visible for a long time. The only long term solution is to remove Freon from service and find an alternative solution.

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