Installing and Maintaining an HVAC System

Installing and Maintaining an HVAC System

Solar Air Conditioning Installation—What Do You Need To Know?

Aaron Kennedy

Being an eco-conscious homeowner means continually being on the lookout for ways to decrease your carbon footprint. And if you require air conditioning installation, you are probably in the market for an eco-friendly alternative that will ensure you can manage your residence's energy consumption. A great solution for your needs is solar air conditioning. This type of air conditioning is steadily gaining favour among Australian homeowners who are not only looking to cut their energy costs but are also striving to lead an environmentally friendly lifestyle. However, since they are relatively new in the market, not many people may know what to expect. So what do you need to know about solar air conditioning installation?

What are the types of solar air conditioning?

When deliberating on solar air conditioning installation in your home, there are two predominant types that you will find for residential use:

  1. Hybrid systems: As implied by their name, these types of air conditioning systems are characterised by being powered using both photovoltaic panels as well as DC (direct current) batteries. They make an excellent choice for individuals who want to be assured of a reliable power supply for their air conditioning system without having to depend on electricity. When there is adequate solar energy, the hybrid AC will run exclusively on solar energy. When it's cloudy, the batteries kick in to provide you with the cooling that you need.
  2. Absorption systems: This form of solar air conditioning works in the same way as traditional evaporative systems. What differentiates the two systems is that the absorption AC is additionally fueled by solar power. If the solar energy is insufficient, the absorption AC can be plugged into your regular electrical outlet.

What size considerations should you have for solar air conditioning installation?

You may assume that since you are utilising solar energy, you do not need to factor in the capacity of your AC system. But the reality is that your HVAC system can only be effective if it is appropriately sized for your home. Some of the size considerations that need to be factored in include:

  1. The dimensions of your home: Your contractors will not only measure the square footage of your residence but will also consider the number of storeys of the house to determine how many zones require cooling.
  2. The height of your ceilings: The higher the ceilings in your home, the higher the capacity of your solar HVAC, unit as it will be required to generate enough cooling to permeate the entire residence.


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Installing and Maintaining an HVAC System

Hello there, welcome to my blog. My name is Andrew and this blog is going to be about how to install and maintain HVAC systems. When I purchased a new office space in downtown Perth, I didn't have the first idea about HVAC systems. I knew that I would need one, as I couldn't expect my staff to work away in the heat of an Australian summer without any air conditioning. I contacted an HVAC contractor who advised me on the best type of system to install. He also gave me some top tips on how I could keep the HVAC system in good condition.