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How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

Here in Sherman Oaks, we love spending time in the sun whenever possible. But what if you could continue to put the sun’s rays to good use even when you’re indoors? Solar air conditioning is a great way to stay cool and comfortable, while significantly reducing your cooling costs throughout the season and helping out the environment. We’ve put together this quick guide so you can learn more about these durable, efficient systems.

The environmental impact of solar energy is an important consideration for many homeowners who choose these systems. Air conditioners account for over 5% of the total energy consumption in the U.S. When carbon dioxide is released into the air, it reduces the air quality and is harmful to the environment. Solar air conditioning systems reduce carbon emissions significantly, converting sunlight to energy and using little to no electricity in the process.

In general, there are two types of solar air conditioning systems: those that use photovoltaic (PV) power, known as hybrid systems, and solar-powered absorption chillers, more often referred to as evaporative coolers or swamp coolers. When someone talks about solar energy, you may be most likely to picture rooftop panels used in hybrid systems and known as photovoltaic (PV) panels. These panels absorb the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity which operates the system and charges a backup battery for when there is not enough solar exposure.

A solar-powered absorption chiller uses the sun’s energy to heat water, beginning a thermodynamic process. The hot water is then chilled and is sent through a set of pipes installed throughout your system, so cool air can make its way through the ducts.

Some homeowners may worry about the cost of solar air conditioning installation. However, the energy savings over time may easily make up for any initial cost. These systems tend to last longer than conventional AC systems and usually need fewer repairs.

You can use the power of the sun to keep warm outside and cool off indoors with a solar air conditioner from Kilowatt. We offer quality installation services as well as maintenance and repairs for all AC systems. For more information about air conditioning in Sherman Oaks, call us today!

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