Many homeowners are switching to solar energy to help save money and protect the environment. We get plenty of sun here, and the best way to benefit from the abundant sunlight is by installing a solar air conditioner. Solar air conditioning works by converting the power of the sun into a source of energy, using either a hybrid system or a solar-powered absorption chiller. Solar air conditioning can be installed in almost any home to alleviate the high cost of running a conventional air conditioning system.
From Solar Radiation to Electricity
Solar energy works by converting the sun’s rays into a source of electricity. Sunlight contains energy, and when it hits certain materials, this energy turns into an electrical current. There are two basic types of solar air conditioners: a hybrid system that uses photovoltaic (PV) panels and a solar-powered absorption chiller.
Hybrid air conditioners combine the use of solar energy with a backup source of electricity. These systems use photovoltaic (PV) panels, the type of panels you may picture when you think of solar power in homes. Photovoltaic (PV) panels, made of a semi-conducting material, are installed outside or on the roof. These panels collect the sun’s energy to power the air conditioner and a back-up battery. The system charges throughout the day and switches to grid power only as needed, so your bills may only be impacted slightly or not at all.
Solar powered absorption chillers work differently than most air conditioners. Thermal energy is used to heat water, which then sets off a thermodynamic process to cool the water to 45° F as it flows through a set of coils. An indoor fan blows over the coils to supply cool air through the ducts. The solar-powered absorption chiller is one of the most energy-efficient ways to cool a home or commercial property.
Solar air conditioning is a great choice for many homeowners in our area. For questions and more information about our solar air conditioning products in Sherman Oaks, call the experts at Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical.