Did you know that the first modern air conditioning unit was invented in 1902 and then it took 20 years, to the 1930s, for the technology to be able to cool places like movie theaters and hotels. It took another 20 years, to the 1950s, before residential air conditioning systems became commonplace.
Air conditioning technology continues to progress and The Building Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (energy.gov) has some exciting projects in development. They are aimed at reducing energy use, increasing environmental safety, and more. Take a look:
5 New Air Conditioning Technologies in the Works
- Optimized Thermal Systems in Maryland is developing an advanced heat exchanger that minimizes joints by 90 percent compared to current models, in order to reduce refrigerant leakage. By minimizing the joints, the refrigerant stays where it should be – working to keep your home cool and energy bills down.
- The University of Florida is developing a prototype that combines a water heater, dehumidifier, and air cooler, which could result in more efficient heat transfer. This technology provides enhanced dehumidification control in residential buildings, resulting in better comfort and significant energy savings.
- Dais Analytics in Florida, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is developing a new membrane-based rooftop air conditioner, which would use water as a refrigerant instead of conventional chemicals. Not only is this technology perfect for sweltering, humid summer nights, but it could also save 30-50 percent in electrical consumption compared to today’s roof top units.
- United Technologies Research Center in Connecticut is exploring electrocaloric, which is solid-state technology, to develop a heat pump that will keep a space cool without using any chemical refrigerants. This technology is ideal for residential and small commercial buildings. It’s small and quiet, and could result in 25 percent system efficiency improvement. And, with fewer mechanical parts, overall reliability could be improved – reducing the chances of a breakdown.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, in partnership with Georgia Tech and IntelliChoice Energy, is developing an energy storage system that integrates with HVAC units to reduce the overall energy requirements of AC systems by utilizing waste-heat that would otherwise be lost in traditional systems. Integrating ground-level diverse energy storage with HVAC could reach overall energy storage efficiency of 70 percent and improve HVAC performance by 35 percent.
These technologies may improve, or even change, the way your home is cooled in the future. For now, the best strategy is to keep your current air conditioning system in tiptop shape. Proper AC maintenance can go a long way in helping to keep you cool and increase the efficiency of your HVAC equipment during its lifetime. To learn more, or schedule your Air Conditioning Service, call Custom Climate Concepts today at (941) 555-COOL (2665).