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Air Conditioning

    Be sure that the air conditioning system in your home and automobile are free of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a group of refrigerants once marketed under the tradename Freon®.* These man-made coolants evaporate into the air and can damage the ozone layer upon reaching the upper atmosphere. The ozone layer protects us from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet radiation. The artificial coolant can also contaminate water and soil.
    Although Freon was banned in 1996, it may still be found in older cars and air conditioning systems. Technicians and those who service such systems are required to recapture remaining coolant for proper disposal. Alternatives are available and typically require replacement kits for compatible gaskets and hoses.
    * Freon is a registered trademark of E.I. Dupont de Nemours
    As an alternative to conventional air conditioning, consider using ventilation to cool your home. Ventilation cooling is usually combined with energy conservation measures like shading provided by trees and window treatments, roof reflectivity (light-colored roof), and attic insulation. Mechanical air circulation can be used with natural ventilation to increase comfort, or with air conditioning for energy savings. Source:National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Consult with your contractor to find a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that maintains a comfortable indoor environment and effectively controls the growth of micro organisms, such as mold, without wasting energy or jeopardizing your family or the environment.
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