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Busting 3 Misconceptions about Solar Air Conditioning

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Solar energy systems are becoming more popular across the U.S., but there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding solar energy and solar air conditioning systems. One of the best uses of solar (especially here in Florida) is powering your air conditioner, which can make up a large portion of your monthly electricity bills. We’d like to encourage you to consider this environmentally friendly power source by breaking down a few myths about solar AC.

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3 Unique Options for Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The split-system air conditioner is the standard when it comes to air conditioning installation. But today, there are so many other options you can choose from which can reduce your environmental impact and provide you with additional benefits that are perfect for the Lakeland weather. Here is a quick look at three unique options you can choose for your next installation or replacement.

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Can Solar Air Conditioning Cool My Home Sufficiently?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Florida is the land of the sun, so it’s no surprise that many homeowners are starting to turn to solar energy to help power systems in their homes. One system that can be great for solar energy is your whole-home air conditioner. Cooling costs can comprise as much as 30% of your home’s annual budget; imagine being able to offset those costs significantly with the installation of a solar air conditioning system for your Brandon, FL home.

How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

Solar air conditioning harnesses the sun’s power through solar panels; this power is then transferred directly to your home’s electrical box where the energy is used to power your air conditioning system. How does this happen? Through a science known as photovoltaics, or PV. Photovoltaics is the science of converting the sun’s light into electricity. Using solar cells, the sun’s light generates an electrical current; this current is captured in a circuit within the cell, and when multiple cells are connected, creating a solar array or panel, enough electricity flows to help power entire systems in your home.

Can a Solar AC Work Sufficiently?

Absolutely. In fact, your solar system can store extra energy in batteries so that the power can be used at a later time. The electrical current generated by a single set of solar panels can offset your home’s electrical costs by up to 40%, so there is plenty of energy generated to power your AC. Additionally, the system uses your main electrical power as a back-up should there be a shortage of power from the solar panels.

Benefits of Going Solar

As previously mentioned, one of the great benefits of using solar power to fuel your air conditioner is a decrease in energy usage, but there are other benefits to consider:

  • No loss of power during power outages – having your air conditioning system powered by solar means you aren’t “on the grid”; as such, your AC system won’t be affected by a power outage.
  • You’ll have power when it’s cloudy – the solar system’s batteries store energy for cloudy weather, allowing you to continue having solar power even if the sun isn’t shining.
  • It’s sustainable and renewable – the sun is a constant source of energy, so it is both sustainable and usable.

If you’ve been thinking about installing a solar air conditioning system in Brandon, FL, call the professionals who can help: Air Conditioning Experts.

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Benefits of Solar Air Conditioning

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Americans spend billions of dollars on cooling costs every year. Furthermore, conventional air conditioners release damaging pollutants into the air, contributing to greenhouse gases, which are harmful to the environment. More efficient systems are introduced every year, and purchasing a system with a higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) may improve the situation somewhat. But the most efficient source of cooling with new air conditioning installation is solar air conditioning.

Solar air conditioning systems make use of Florida’s abundant sun by turning it into a source of energy for your home. Long ago, the only way to save energy was by switching off your system, but solar air conditioning is now the perfect efficient system for Lakeland homes. Before we go over the benefits in more detail, let’s look at the two types of solar air conditioners available.

  • Hybrid system—A hybrid system utilizes PV (photovoltaic) technology, the types of rooftop panels you may be used to hearing about when people discuss solar power. Hybrid systems charge in the daytime and switch between battery power and grid power as needed.
  • Solar-powered absorption chiller—This kind of cooling system is often known as an evaporative cooler or swamp cooler and can provide both heating and cooling. A thermodynamic process heats the water which is then cooled to 45° F. The water moves through a set of coils, and a fan blows across these coils, distributing cool air to your home. This type of cooler is more often used commercially.

Benefits

The benefits of solar air conditioning are numerous. In general, these types of cooling systems are longer lasting, incredibly energy-efficient, and help the environment. Environmental concerns are important for many homeowners, and, because most solar units only use electricity for small periods of time, the carbon emissions reduce drastically.

While the cost of installation is often high, these systems need repairs less frequently and cost very little to operate, meaning you’ll save money every year. And since you won’t need to replace your system for a long time, owning a solar air conditioning system for several years may more than compensate for the price tag.

For solar air conditioning installation in Lakeland, call the trained and certified experts at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. today.

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How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

We’ve got the sand, the ocean, and most importantly, the sun. But you can use the sun for more than just getting a tan or growing a great garden – you can use it to cool your home with solar air conditioning.

With advancements in solar power and technology, many industries have benefitted, including the cooling industry. For over 15 years, Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., has not only kept up with these advancements, we’ve been installing solar air conditioning for customers. Think you are ready to tap into the sun’s energy to provide solar air conditioning for your Jacksonville property? First, let’s take a look at how solar air conditioning works.

Using the Sun’s Energy

There are several types of solar air conditioners Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., installs, but all use the same power source: the sun. The way solar energy is created is by capturing the thermal energy (heat) from the sun through photovoltaic cells (PV) and converting it from DC energy (direct current) to AC energy (alternative current) via an inverter box. Once converted, this energy can be wired directly into a home’s electrical box for use.

Solar-Powered AC’s

Converting the sun’s heat energy is the key to solar power, and here are the ways our various solar-powered air conditioners use it:

  • Hybrid – a hybrid solar-powered air conditioner is a popular choice among many people new to using solar power. Utilizing solar panels, solar energy is captured and converted, then used to power your home’s air conditioning system. However, should you need to use a back-up energy source, such as electricity, you can do so with the hybrid system: the system comes equipped with an automatic switch inside it that can easily change from one power source to another.
  • Absorption chiller – an absorption chiller uses the sun’s energy and water to cool your home. Taking advantage of the adsorption/absorption process, an absorption chiller uses water to transfer heat and create the cooling needed for your home. Absorption chillers are very energy efficient and very effective at cooling, and do so without using electricity or refrigerant.

You’ve Got the Power

Using solar-powered energy can help reduce your energy bills while also helping to preserve the environment. If you think a solar-powered air conditioner may be a good choice for your home, the first step is to work with an expert.

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today and let our 15 years of solar air conditioning experience help you with a solar air conditioning installation in Jacksonville.

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