What alternative cooling devices are the best for your home? Are portable devices that are easy to operate and offers instant on-demand refreshment?
Although you can easily install solar panels, a wind turbine or even micro hydro to generate the electricity to run an air conditioner, the only true whole house alternative cooling method is a geothermal ground source pump.
The price of this type of system can be recouped in as little as two years on a new house installation, however, the initial capital outlay is more than most homeowners can afford.
Let’s say you actually re-mortgage your house for Twenty Thousand Dollars and you’ve got a choice between a brand new kitchen and a geothermal heat pump; how many new heat pumps have your neighbors been showing off lately?
Less expensive options to consider:
Whole House Fans and Evaporative (Swamp) Coolers
These devices can reduce your air conditioning costs by 50% or maybe more but are only effective if you live in a dry climate (less than 40%humidity).
Elastomeric Roof Coatings
Elastomeric roof coatings reflect 90% of the sun’s rays and will reduce the indoor temperature by 7 degrees according to the independent research laboratory MER Corporation.
Ceiling, portable fans, and paddle produce air moving across your skin that increases evaporative cooling. A moderate breeze of one to two miles per hour can extend your comfort range by several degrees.
These shiny, reflective barriers keep excess heat out of your attic in the summertime or even keeping your floors warm in the wintertime. Stapled under the rafters or joists, it reflects Ninety-seven of the radiant heat that strikes it. The non-profit Florida Solar Energy Center has demonstrated that an attic radiant barrier can reduce air conditioning costs by at least 20%.
Clean the filter once a month. Turn off your A/C when you leave for more than an hour. It saves money. Draw the shades while you’re at work. Close off unused areas or even, if you have central A/C, close the registers in those rooms and shut the doors.
Set your Air Conditioners thermostat at 78°F-or higher when you have ceiling fans. For each degree you raise the thermostat, you will save 3%-5% on cooling costs.
If you want to make a fortune in alternative cooling, invent an air conditioner that runs on corn.