Air conditioning usage is on the rise in the US, and across the globe. Over the last decade, the world has been enhanced by many new technologies that simplify daily activities, make life more comfortable and sometimes reduce energy requirements. Though AC doesn’t make the headlines in technology reviews very often, great improvements from research and development have been made in recent years.
According to http://www.energystar.gov, the energy required for operating an AC unit accounts for approximately 17% of an average households energy usage. That said, it is no wonder that many new technologies to become standard in recent years deal with lowering energy consumption.
Companies like Mitsubishi, offer energy star approved models that meet government standards for low energy requirements, along with other models that further reduce such needs. For example, Mitsubishi uses eco-smart technology to regulate indoor temperatures by regulating how their systems turn on and when. This eco-smart process, widely implemented across the industry, greatly reduces waste and can be further regulated to meet personal preferences as well.
Other industry standards that have developed in recent years include quiet operation achieved through better designs and manufacturing, allergen filtration systems and multi-zone settings which allow consumers to regulate different areas of their living spaces. Oftentimes, temperature regulation can be controlled remotely via computer or smartphone, which affords the opportunity to shut off the system when not required and prime it for arrival.
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New Technology On The Horizon
Research and development teams have been working to find ways to reduce overall energy requirements for AC units. This is especially important when considering the general rate of units sold and households using them is increasing. Most of the energy required to power these units is provided by coal and gas burning power plants.
A new technology has been developed that can reduce energy requirements for air conditioning by 90%. This process, known as DEVap, or desiccant enhanced evaporative cooling can be used as an alternative to traditional models in almost every climate.
Traditional AC units use compressor driven refrigeration and require large amounts of energy. DEVap, created by engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory relies on the natural process of evaporation over large pads to achieve relatively similar cooling capabilities. Simply put, heat energy is lost when water is absorbed into the air, and then the remaining air is simply collected and distributed through a series of fans and pumps.
This particular technology isn’t widely implemented yet, but researchers are trying to find ways to make it financially viable. Primarily, the concern is that in certain areas where humidity levels remain high for extended periods of time, evaporation alone may not be enough to reach comfortable levels of cooling. Researchers do believe, however, that DEVap has the ability to offer substantial savings in regards to cooling costs in any climate.
Discussion and Conclusion
Though the AC industries aren’t as glamorous as others, researchers and scientists have been making great achievements in regards to implementing modern technologies into cooling systems. These advances have made operation by homeowners simple and personalized, while significantly reducing household energy consumption, utility bills, and environmental impacts.