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How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

When people think about the power of the Sun, heat is usually the first thing that comes to mind. So when you hear the term “solar air conditioning,” does it at first sound a bit… funny?

We understand, but solar air conditioning is a remarkably simple concept in operating, just like many solar power systems. Essentially, you use solar collectors on the roof to create electrical energy, and then use that energy to run the electric components of the AC. Presto! Air conditioning using the free power of the Sun.

Of course, there’s a bit more to explain than that. If you are curious about installing solar air conditioning in Studio City, CA, call the solar professionals at Kilowatt. We would love to help you put the hot California Sun on your side when it comes to cooling down your home.

The Basics of Solar Air Conditioning

There are a number of different types of solar ACs, but the most common in homes is the hybrid, which combines an array of photovoltaic (PV) cells installed on the roof and a standard air conditioner indoors.

As radiant energy from the sun strikes the PV cells on the roof (and you can expect ample amounts of sunlight in Southern California!), it creates a photovoltaic effect along the semi-conductors, which results in useable direct current (DC) electricity. The electricity doesn’t go straight to the air conditioner however: in a hybrid system, the power moves to a battery and charges it. Whenever the air conditioner requires power to run its compressor, fans, and other components, it draws power from this battery. This way, the air conditioner can continue to run at night when there is no sunlight to create current in the cells. With the number of sunny days that Southern California experiences every year, you should never experience any efficiency problems from a solar AC, and the savings you will rack up can be immense.

Solar air conditioners cost more than standard central ACs to install, but the PV cells on the roof should last you for many years with minimum maintenance needs, and the energy savings from using the Sun’s energy will help the system pay off its installation costs after only a few years.

You can’t undertake solar air conditioning installation as a “do-it-yourself” project: this job requires specialists with years of training in both cooling and solar power. Look to Kilowatt: we’ve supplied homes with solar air conditioning since 1990, and we also handle repairs and maintenance. Contact us to find out what we can do to hook up your home for the renewable power of solar air conditioning in Studio City, CA.

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