The Newest Technology That’s Changing Air Conditioning
Modern air conditioning has been around since the early 1900s, with the first ever modern air conditioner having been invented by Willis Carrier in 1902. It has been a constantly evolving industry ever since.
But in the last few years, the air conditioning industry has seen a slew of highly advanced and game-changing innovations that will set the course for the future of the industry. Green technology, in particular, has been making a mark in the most modern and sought after HVAC units.
If you want to know more about the leaps and bounds that are being made in the HVAC world, read on and be in awe!
An Air Conditioner that Runs on Solar Energy and Gas
Can you imagine an air conditioner that won’t rack up your monthly electricity bill? An Australian company called Chromasun has invented a chiller that’s powered using solar energy, providing a more environment-friendly and cost-efficient option vs. traditional air conditioning units that run on electricity. The Sydney-based company also made sure that its chillers can also be powered by gas when there is not enough solar power.
An Air Conditioner that Runs on Ice
The Ice Bear air conditioning unit, developed by California-based company Ice Energy, runs by freezing water in a tank over a course of a few hours and utilising that ice to cool a designated space the next day. The product claims to reduce energy consumption and can cool even large buildings for up to six hours. Unlike the standalone solar and gas-powered chiller, the Ice Bear operates alongside a traditional air conditioning unit, aiming to reduce energy consumption instead of eradicating it completely.
Motion-Activated Air Conditioners
Using sensors installed from the ceiling of a particular space, this technology is able to activate the air conditioner only when the sensors detect movement, that is when it knows someone is in the room. You can thank the engineers at MIT for this innovation that, while fairly simple, can provide a large potential for cost savings and the reduction of wasted energy.
Mosquito-Repellent Room Air Conditioners
The prevalence of dengue and malaria in tropical climates is a problematic issue that many nations face. HVAC companies have taken their desire to develop air conditioners with health benefits to the next level by inventing AC units that actually repel mosquitoes, on top of zapping harmful airborne pollutants and contaminants. The technology was developed by Korean brand LG specifically for the Philippines.
Quiet Duct Wrap Made From Unexpected Material
You’ll never guess what this eco-friendly, “green” duct wrap is made of: recycled denim from landfills. The discarded material is given new life by The Green Products Company, which transforms the denim into Quiet Duct Wrap.
Software that Provides Energy Analysis
We currently rely on HVAC technicians or consultants to provide us with a recommendation on our home’s cooling requirements. But the teams behind Green Building Studio and Energy Gauge have developed software that can help engineers and architects plan out and recommend air conditioners for their designs, calculating the most optimal HVAC system for a particular space.