Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Solar Air Conditioning’

How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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.sprint phone 072

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3 Benefits of a Solar Powered Air Conditioner for a Home

Monday, May 18th, 2015

In a place that receives as much sunshine during the year as Los Angeles, CA, solar-powered systems are an excellent option for many homes. If you are looking to go solar for your household, one of the options you should investigate is a solar air conditioner. These systems use solar panels to transform the radiant energy of the sun into electrical current to power an air conditioning system. A battery back-up stores power so the AC can continue to run even when there is reduced sunlight.

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How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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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How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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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