Solar Cooling Systems Powhatan VA

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Daniels Htg & Ref Corp
(804) 379-1155
817A Grove Rd
Midlothian , VA
 
Atlantic Heating & Cooling Ind
(804) 639-0008
420 Southlake Blvd.
Richmond , VA
 
Russells Heating & Air Condition
(757) 424-1000
841 Juniper Cres Suite 114
Chesapeake , VA
 
New River Heating & Air
(540) 731-1979
91 Ingles St
Radford , VA
 
Home Air Services
(301) 984-0161
9870 Trotting Pony Avenue
McLean , VA
 
Flanagan Heating & Air Cond
(804) 744-9044
12713 Oak Lake Trl
Midlothian , VA
 
Automatic Climate Control Serv
(804) 276-5127
5420 Distributor Dr
Richmond , VA
 
Oasis Htg A/C & Refrig Inc
(703) 339-3877
7220 Telegraph Square Dr Suite V
Lorton , VA
 
Mountain Valley Home Comfort Inc
(540) 740-3844
2048 Old Valley Pike
New Market , VA
 
M E Flow Inc
(703) 777-2311
12 Cardinal Park Dr SE
Leesburg , VA
 

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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