Solar Cooling Systems Coralville IA

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Kelly Heating Service Inc
(319) 337-3520
1936 S Riverside Dr
Iowa City , IA
 
Chown Appliance Inc
(319) 723-4314
415 Ijem Ave
Nichols , IA
 
Carruthers Plumbing & Heating
(641) 333-2331
112 N Main St
Lenox , IA
 
Moore & Follon Hardware
(563) 767-2495
601 Washington
Volga , IA
 
Dennys Service
(712) 225-4650
217 W Maple St
Cherokee , IA
 
Graber Heating & Air Cond Inc
(319) 683-2448
1302 Angle Rd SW
Kalona , IA
 
Mitchell & Sons Htg & Clg Inc
(641) 684-7795
109 S Madison
Ottumwa , IA
 
Scharnweber Water Cond Inc
(641) 484-3923
701 S County Rd
Toledo , IA
 
Green Plumbing & Heating Inc
(319) 394-3329
636 Main
Mediapolis , IA
 
Wall Lake Hardware Inc
(712) 664-2137
119 Main St
Wall Lake , 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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