EIA: Air conditioning in nearly 100 million U.S. homes

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 21, 2011

Air conditioning in nearly 100 million U.S. homes, RECS 2009 — Release date: August 19, 2011

  • “Except in the temperate climate regions along the West coast, air conditioners (AC) are now standard equipment in most U.S. homes. As recently as 1993, only 68% of all occupied housing units had AC. The latest results from the 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that 87 percent of U.S. households are now equipped with AC. This growth occurred among all housing types and in every Census region. Wider use has coincided with much improved energy efficiency standards for AC equipment, a population shift to hotter and more humid regions, and a housing boom during which average housing sizes increased.”
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