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Solar Air Conditioning Keeps You Cool and Saves You Money

Solar air conditioning can allow you to stay cool during the long, hot summer months without running up your electricity bills. Heating and air conditioning costs account for a large portion of CO2 emissions produced by the average household, thus solar powered air conditioning can be a great way to lower your carbon footprint and reduce your negative impact on the environment.

There are a few different methods of solar air conditioning that can allow you to keep cool while producing absolutely zero carbon emissions. When deciding to use solar power to help keep your home cool, you have several different options to consider. The first thing you need to decide is whether you should purchase a solar evaporative cooler (also called a swamp cooler) or a solar air conditioning unit. 

Evaporative coolers are normally cheaper to purchase, require less energy, and are easier to install, however they only work in drier climates and should not be used in areas with high humidity levels. The next thing to consider is whether or not to purchase a solar air conditioner kit, or to purchase a traditional air conditioner and the photovoltaic solar power kit separately. 

By installing a separate photovoltaic solar power unit including solar panels, inverter, and a battery, you can generate excess electricity that can be used to run not only your air conditioning unit, but also other electronic devices in your home as well. This option will probably cost you more money than buying a solar air conditioner that comes with its own solar power unit, but the advantages of this option far outweigh the negatives associated with the extra cost. 

The best bet would be to purchase a high quality traditional air conditioner from a respected manufacturer, and to then purchase a high quality solar power kit that will generate enough power to keep the air conditioner running. Below are two of the more popular options for solar powered cooling.

solar air conditioningEco Fuze Solar AC Units

Eco Fuze produces a line of several different sized solar air conditioning units which work based on absorption and compression, similar to solar powered heating units. The one major issue with the Eco Fuze line of products is that they are actually hybrid solar units, which utilize traditional AC power, while the solar power is merely used for auxiliary power. 

Nonetheless, these units can still be converted to run entirely off of solar power by connecting them to a solar power system with a solar inverter

Despite the fact that these units are not entirely solar powered, they are still known to use much less energy so they can still reduce your CO2 emissions and your electricity bill by thirty to fifty percent

The three different units are all wall mounted, and the only difference is in the amount of BTU’s. The smallest 12,000 BTU unit normally costs around $1,400, while you should expect to pay around $1,800 for the largest 24,000 BTU unit. This is quite a decent price for an AC unit of this size, although you will have to pay quite a bit more to make this unit fully solar powered. 

Overall, the Eco Fuze line of hybrid solar air conditioning units is one of the best products on the market, and also one of the cheaper products as well. If you’re looking for a high efficient, low cost solar AC unit, then this product is definitely one to consider.

solar air conditioningLennox Solar Ready Air Conditioner Units

Lennox is one of the world’s top manufacturers of heating and air conditioning units, and they produce a line of ultra high efficiency air conditioners that are manufactured to be solar ready. If you have an existing solar power generating system or are considering installing one, then one of these units may be the perfect solution for your home cooling needs. 

Lennox produces two different solar ready models, the XC17 and XC21. These two AC units are the highest efficiency and quietest air conditioners available on the market. In fact, you would have to have 13 of the Lennox units running at the same time to produce the same amount of sound as a standard AC unit. Both products were rated as Most Efficient of Energy Star 2012

The two products also use Chlorine free R-410A refrigerant which exceeds the EPA’s strict requirements, instead of R-22, also known as Freon, which is a very dangerous and damaging pollutant. All of this makes the Lennox solar ready AC units the most efficient and environmentally friendly products on the market.

All Lennox AC units come with a ten year limited warranty, although most AC units will normally outlast their warranty and last for fifteen to twenty years. The Lennox solar ready AC units are at the higher end of the price range so they may not be the best option for those on a tight budget. 

Nonetheless, when combined with a high quality PV solar system, this is probably the most efficient and effective way to cool your home using solar power. Both the Lennox XC17 and the XC21 normally cost between $2,000 and $3,000 depending on the size of the unit. 

You will need to have the unit installed by a certified HVAC professional, so you should contact your nearest Lennox dealer for an installation estimate. Overall, you should expect to spend well over $5,000 including the purchase and installation of the AC system and the PV solar system. While this price may seem steep, this solar air conditioner system will more than pay for itself in less than ten years. 

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