There are innovations in the air conditioning are helping our world become a little GREENER! Some creative minds are making air conditioners more environmentally friendly. Below are some of the latest in air conditioning innovations!
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed the DEVap (desiccant-enhanced evaporative air conditioner) in 2011. This air conditioner has the ability to reduce AC energy usage between 40-90%! “We’d investigated evaporative and desiccant cooling technologies for many years, but could not find a way to combine them in a cost-effective manner. The recent availability of new materials, and the creativity of our researchers resulted in a major breakthrough with great potential for the future.” says project manager Ron Judkoff.
What makes this air conditioner save energy is by separating air streams; one air stream is dried while the other is humidified. This creates cool air with no coolant necessary. This is definitely a big save in more than one area!
Geo-thermal ennergy has taken off globally in various sectors and air conditioning is just one of the many! With this technology, heating and cooling comes from the Earth’s energy making this innovation one of the most sustainable alternatives out there. Geo-thermal energy can be retrieved in four ways:
- Pond loop
- Open loop system
Geo thermal systems use a fluid, usually a mixture of water and anti-freeze, that circulates, absorbing heat, and then transferring it back into the building. Cut down on costs and save energy! Consider geo-thermal technology in your home today.
Nest Learning Thermostat
We have smart phones, smart TVs, smart cars, why should your thermostat be any different. With the Nest Learning Thermostat, it learns your schedule and adapts to it. This is a huge energy saver! Program your thermostat to your habits and save energy when you’re not even home. The thermostat monitors temperatures with its humidity and activity sensors or simply type in your zipcode and the thermostat will adapt to your regional climate. Nest can also be controlled remotely through its website or app. Honeywell also has a smart thermostat that takes it to the next level with Wi-Fi capabilities, programmable features, and timers.