Air conditioning with solar

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by TnAndy, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    I've always heard AC with solar is a "no-no".

    Right now, I've got a 10,000 BTU window AC running in a 6x6 walk in cooler. It takes the room from 55 outside to 35 inside ( well insulated ) and is using less than 3kw/hrs a day ( reading with a Kil-a-watt meter ).

    A 10,000 BTU AC will cool a reasonably insulated space 350-400sqft according to charts I've looked up. Say you cut that in half, and figured a 10x20 room, and used what I'm using....about 3kw/hrs/day..heck, that's "do-able".

    With the fan running only, on the unit ( a Samsung brand ), it uses about 100w, and jumps up to 600-610w when the compressor kicks in.

    So, I think 'some' AC is possible using solar, with a decent sized system.
  2. Nadja

    Nadja RIP 3-11-2013 Forum Leader

    Now thats very interesting Andy. But, I have to say something about this . That is , who in their right mind would be running an air conditioner in the dead of winter ? LOL Come summer, maybe you would like to visit us down here in Arizona and test out our heaters ? [beer]
  3. franks71vw

    franks71vw Monkey+++

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