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Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Air Conditioner Use

by Michael Gile


Submitted : Spring 2016

This project sought to ascertain the average amount of CO2 produced in a 12 month period by an air conditioning unit attached to an average home in Tampa, FL if it was ran at 70°F, 65°F, 60°F, and 55°F, while taking into consideration the monthly variation in outside temperature. Using data about the average high temperatures of Tampa, data about the amount of energy needed to cool a home to a certain degree, and data about the amount of CO2 produced by levels of electricity consumption, 4 graphs were formed relating the month of the year to the total amount of CO2 produced by an air conditioner if it was set at the aforementioned temperatures. The function of each graph was then found using a third degree polynomial regression. Each of the functions was plugged into the average value function, in order to determine the average amount of total CO2 produced by each temperature setting. These values were compared in order to observe the effect that lower air conditioner temperatures have on CO2 emissions.

            It was found that, on average, an air conditioner in Tampa will produce 0.318 metric tons of CO2 if set at 70°F, 0.513 metric tons if set at 65°F, 0.656 metric tons if set at 60°F, and 0.774 metric tons if set at 55°F. This data indicated that running an air conditioner at lower temperatures in Tampa will produce more carbon dioxide.



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Advisors :
Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics
Rebecca David, Geography
Suggested By :
Rebecca David