During a hot, humid summer, nothing is worse than listening to your air conditioner sputter to a halt. Unfortunately, unless you want to endure inhumane temperatures and bothersome humidity, you might find yourself on the phone with a 24 hour ac repair technician, requesting a service call in the middle of the night. However, air conditioners of the future might not require as much tender loving care. Here are two future HVAC features that could change the game:
1: Better Refrigerants
Refrigerants have been a big problem for the HVAC industry, with common varieties like R-22 exacerbating ozone depletion. After banning the sale of new air conditioners containing R-22 and promoting recycling programs, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to phase the chemical out altogether by the year 2030. To take its place, HVAC manufacturers have started to focus on creating better refrigerants. Here are a few examples of state-of-the-art refrigerants that might be available in the future, and how they could benefit your family:
Better refrigerants might keep your home cool and comfortable, without contributing to astronomical power bills.
2: Self-Sanitizing Systems
If you have ever cleaned an evaporator coil, then you know how grimy the inside of an air conditioner can get. In addition to impeding airflow, dirt can prompt mold and fungal growth, creating clumps that can clog your air conditioner drainage lines. Fortunately, scientists are developing air conditioners that can sanitize themselves.
These air conditioners, developed by scientists in China, contain internal components and coils made from copper. Believe it or not, copper can destroy bacterial cells, literally punching holes through cell membranes. Once the cell loses nutrients and water, it dies off. In fact, experts have found that common household mold species exposed to copper experience complete die off within 24 hours of contact. Here are a few things that copper air conditioners could do for you:
In the future, you might not have to worry as much about greenhouse gasses and clogged filters. But for now, you might be able to avoid a lot of hassle by having your system maintained regularly. If it has been awhile since your system was inspected, contact an HVAC professional to make an appointment.Share
27 August 2015
Every summer, I agonized over energy bills that would shoot into the stratosphere as a result of my efforts to keep cool in the heat. Every time I turned the temperature down, my bills increased. This summer, I decided to take some of the control over my energy bill back. I installed reflective film on my windows that reduced the amount of light and heat coming into the house. I started serving more cold meals or asking my husband to barbecue outside, so that my air conditioner didn't have to compete with the hot stove, and I started doing laundry at night to reduce appliance heat in the house at peak times. I also had ceiling fans installed. So far, the difference in my bill has been tremendous. This blog is a way for me to explore other ways to reduce energy drain during the summer months.