Many solar air conditioning units are not that much different than the electrically powered air conditioner as far as the internal elements. However, the very real difference is that once your solar air conditioner unit is installed, the power required to cool your home is absolutely free!
Solar air conditioners are an area of solar energy that is ripe for future development. New technologies are being created that will eventually allow us to stay cool without using the enormous amount of energy that we currently use for traditional air conditioning.
For most of us, our existing air conditioning units can be successfully converted to solar power to save on energy costs. There are some other ways of cooling the air using new technologies that provide some exciting possibilities for the future.
As our world transforms and begins to make the use of clean and renewable energy sources a priority, we will see more of these kinds of innovative solutions!
As we just mentioned, the internal components of an air conditioning unit powered by the sun arent all that different than one powered by electric. However, solar energy is what powers the solar air conditioner as opposed to electrical power provided by your local power company.
The summer months are when the sun seems to shine the most and is also the time when the temperatures are the highest. Solar panels or tubes soak up the sunlight that shines down during the day.
That energy heats up the refrigerant, which delivers a high pressure gas to the condenser, then to the evaporator, and then to the compressor. The heat from the air has been removed and is then distributed as cool air into your home.
Any power that hasnt been used during the day is stored in the backup batteries and used to cool your home during the night.
The cost of adding solar air conditioning to your home will depend on a number of factors including:
These costs can vary from as little as a few thousand dollars for those who live in a smaller home who can "do it yourself", to several thousand dollars for larger homes and for professional installation.
Right now there are tax breaks and incentives in many areas to help you add clean renewable energy sources to your home. Check out the resources available in your area so you can enjoy cool, air conditioned comfort in the hot weather, without adding extra burden to the Earth or your electric bill!
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