Air conditioning does much more than push out cool air. It controls the air quality and cleanliness while reducing air pollutants. Copper’s natural antimicrobial properties make it ideal for ensuring air cleanliness, essential for any home, vehicle and office building. Warmer spring and summer temperatures and rising living standards in developing economies are driving increased worldwide demand for domestic air-conditioning equipment.
Research has shown that moisture condensing in air conditioning systems can create an environment where microorganisms thrive. Everyone has heard stories about office workers sharing a building or students living together in a dorm getting sick. This is commonly referred to as “sick building syndrome” and can be caused by dirty and moldy air conditioning units. Pure copper and copper alloys have antimicrobial properties that kill microorganisms on contact and prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. High-efficiency air handling systems (inset) with naturally antimicrobial copper components not only improve engine output and cooling, but they also help to inhibit mold and bacteria growth.
Advanced copper-based technologies are enabling innovation in the air-conditioning industry. Copper coiled units are virtually mold-free, even after years of use, which improves air quality and living conditions, while decreasing electricity demand and increasing energy-efficiency. Copper’s unique properties as a thermal heat conductor and corrosion resistant, antimicrobial metal with infinite recyclability makes it the choice material for improving indoor air quality.
Air Quality Resources
Carbon Footprint of Copper Production: Best Practice Guidance for Greenhouse Gas Measurements
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are the major driver for climate change. According to ICA’s analysis based on 2018 data, copper production represents approximately 0.2 percent of global GHG emissions. Copper miners and producers recognize that they have a responsibility to mitigate GHG emissions, and many companies have made commitments to and are engaged in reducing their GHG emissions.