Solar Cooling Systems Mason City IA

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Mechanical Air Systems Company
(641) 423-7032
2417 S Federal Ave
Mason City , IA
Ron Smiths Hardware
(641) 923-2227
376 State St
Garner , IA
Tjarks Plumbing Htg & Air Cond
(641) 648-5555
121 River St
Iowa Falls , IA
Harrys Heating & Cooling Inc
(515) 379-1544
414 4th Ave
Livermore , IA
Terpstra Plbg Htg & Electric
(641) 527-2396
509 East St
Lynnville , IA
Larsen Plumbing & Heating Inc
(641) 797-2219
102 W Main St
Fertile , IA
Esbeck Plumbing & Heating
(712) 764-4037
4128 Main
Elk Horn , IA
Varnum Plumbing & Heating
(319) 523-8147
11378 K Ave
Wapello , IA
Clark Heating & Plumbing
(515) 386-3614
1005 N Elm St
Jefferson , IA
Primrose Heating & Air Cond
(319) 827-1182
725 5th St
Jesup , 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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