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Air-conditioning and solar power in the home

Air conditioning units are not big news nowadays as they have been around in one form or another for many years. However, as technological advances result in efficiency improvements, they are becoming more attractive to homeowners in countries where they may not have been considered as strictly necessary in the past. Nevertheless, the fact that they use a fair amount of electricity when compared to other electrical equipment around the home is an inescapable fact of life and one that homeowners who have elected to have units installed in their properties have to face whenever the utility bills arrive.

To defray such costs and make yourself feel more comfortable with the amount of power that you are consuming when fitting a new air conditioning unit in your home, it could be worth thinking about installing an electricity generation system that takes advantage of renewable energy sources at the same time. Solar PV systems are nowhere near as expensive as they were when they first arrived on the scene and in addition to producing electricity for your air conditioning units, they can provide power for other electrical appliances in your home.

Photovoltaic cells do not only produce electricity to keep you cool in the summer, they can still convert the sun’s rays into electrical power on cloudy days during the colder months of the year. This electricity can be used to power convection heaters among other things, ensuring that each room in your house is kept at a comfortable temperature throughout the year. Whether you will be able to generate enough electricity to meet all your household needs will depend on the equipment that you purchase, your average consumption and the weather in the part of the world where you reside. However, solar thermal systems and photovoltaic panels that only generate part of the electricity you need will still help to reduce your utility bills and your carbon footprint at the same time.

Taking a long-term view

It may take a number of years before the money that you save on electricity bills covers the cost of the equipment that you have installed but once you reach this point, every unit that your system generates is money in the bank, so to speak. In the meantime, you can feel better about the fact that although you may have the luxury of an air-conditioned home on the hottest days of the year, you are probably helping the environment more than friends and neighbours who buy all their electricity from the local power company.

Whether this is important to you is something that only you can decide but you can be sure that it will be important to your children and your children’s children. Geothermal heat pumps, wind turbines and solar power equipment will all become more commonplace in the years to come as more and more people start to realise that the time to do something about global warming and other environmental concerns is now and not at some indeterminate point in the future.