Have you heard about the solar air condition?
Electricity generated powered air conditioning carries both global and personal health consequences. By burning fossil fuels to supply electricity to homes and workplaces, power plants discharge clouds of soot and other pollutants into the atmosphere. That’s one of the reasons why we need to look for an alternative to power our air conditioning equipment.
It simply uses a dedicated 1kW solar PV array to drive the air conditioner, greatly reducing the energy required from the grid. In full sun, the unit can draw as little as 30 watts from the grid while producing its rated 3.5 kW cooling/ 3.8 kW heating capacity.
EcoWorld claims that you can “stay cool or warm without the huge energy bills. Use it more often without regrets.”
Passive house or Grandma’s house?/Public Domain
What is so cool about this (sorry) is how it is not a revolution but an evolution. For years we went on about designing our homes so that we could live without air conditioning like Grandma did, which is hard when Grandma didn’t have a choice, and when we live in a warmer, more crowded world.
Now we know that a combination of solar panels, better mini splits and radical building efficiency can keep us comfy all year round.