Solar Cooling Systems Burlington IA

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(319) 754-5793
1215 Agency
Burlington , IA
Millers Plumbing & Heating
(319) 367-5548
804 E McKinley
New London , IA
Clark Heating & Plumbing
(515) 386-3614
1005 N Elm St
Jefferson , IA
Frambach Ltd
(712) 852-3724
3573 450th Ave
Emmetsburg , IA
Kellams & Bertsch Inc
(563) 652-3204
105 E Quarry St
Maquoketa , IA
Green Plumbing & Heating Inc
(319) 394-3329
636 Main
Mediapolis , IA
Pauls Plumbing & Heating
(319) 837-6411
410 Avenue E
West Point , IA
Ames Heating & Cooling Inc
(515) 292-3322
1503 Florida Ave
Ames , IA
Caswell Plbg Htg & Air Cond
(712) 753-4911
312 West Highway 18
Inwood , IA
Sibley Sheet Metal
(712) 754-4118
415 12th St
Sibley , IA

Solar Cooling

It's a bit of a strange idea to think of using the sun to cool your home or business, but in fact, absorption cooling was the first type of air conditioning. Absorption cooling is still practical for remote homes in places where there is an excess of heat energy available. A home in the desert would be an ideal place to use absorption cooling via solar energy.

In absorption cooling, heat drives the system, instead of electricity. Two basic types of systems are:

  • single-stage systems, which are driven by any warm fluid (not necessarily water) heated to between 180 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • two-stage systems work at around 140 degrees Fahrenheit. These can use low temperature solar energy to "pre-heat" the air. A high-temperature energy source (e.g. natural gas or oil) is used in the second cooling stage.

Desiccant coolers are the other very popular style of solar cooling. Desiccant coolers remove moisture from air. This does not actually cool the air but reduces the humidity, making it seem cooler. These are often used in combination with other types of solar coolers such as vapor compression or evaporative, which really do lower temperature.

  • vapor compression cooling uses solar thermal energy to operate a Rankin cycle heat engine.
  • evaporative cooling uses a mechanical device that takes the heat from the outside air and uses this to evaporate water held in pads inside the cooling unit. This 'sucks' heat out of the air and the cooled air is blow...

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