If you are interested in saving money and energy conservation, then you are probably familiar with “hybrid” cars that combine battery-powered electric motors with conventional gas engines for dramatically improved fuel economy. Our new solar air conditioning system is a hybrid too. A special solar collector called an evacuated tube heat pipe is combined with a conventional high efficiency heat pump air conditioner. Energy from the solar collector helps to reduce the compressor’s workload, so the compressor runs less and consumes less electricity.
State Energy’s solar air conditioning systems:
- do not compromise on comfort. Performance is equal to or better than what you are used to.
- perform best when the weather is hottest because hot weather also means maximum available solar energy.
- include a brand new 16 SEER reverse cycle heat pump central air conditioning system.
- deliver SEER ratios in the 20s—as high as 29—with solar energy aiding the compressor.
- can substantially reduce your annual central air conditioning and heating costs.
About SEER. Most older central air conditioning units (built after 1992) have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of around 10 or so. The lower the SEER rating, the less energy efficient an air conditioner or heat pump is and the more it costs to operate. A higher SEER rating means greater efficiency and lower operating cost. In addition to reducing your electric bills, a new high SEER unit will pay for itself with savings and may be eligible for utility company and federal tax incentives.