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The 4 Best Home Tech Advances of 2012

2012 has been a big year for HVAC, especially when it comes to advances in HVAC technology. Here is a list of the four best home tech advances in 2012 that will revolutionize the comfort and enjoyment of your home.

Whether you want to maintain your air conditioners in NYC with solar power or invest in a passive de-humidification system.

1. Solar-Powered HVAC

The solar power revolution has reached the AC system and homeowners couldn’t be more excited. How it works is that your new system will be powered by a PV unit that is made up of Photovoltaic cells and a network of batteries. As the cells collect direct sunlight they store the energy into the battery system which in turn will power the AC unit.
When sunlight is not available for power, the HVAC NYC system is powered by the normal power grid. Energy savings add up as net metering occurs, causing your power meter to spin slower or even backwards!

2. Heat Recovery Systems

AC systems work by removing heat form the incoming air by way of evaporator coils. The coils are filled with super-cooled refrigerants and as the air passes over these coils condensation develops from the temperature difference. The condensation is drained out of the system, making the air that moves through drier and cooler. The refrigerant warms in the process and is sent to a condenser coil where it is cooled again for use.

A heat recovery system uses the warmed refrigerant to heat water for use in the home. This allows for great savings on your energy bill by allowing your HVAC system to provide energy and hot water offsetting energy usage.

3. Passive Dehumidification

This tech is already in use in office buildings and is quickly making its way onto the home market. The tech is straightforward: a three evaporator coil system. The first coil contains cooled refrigerant.

Air is pulled over the first coil with condensation drained outside. The second coil is super-cooled pulling out any remaining condensation creating dry air that is too cold for home use. The last set of coils filled with warm refrigerant heats the cooled air to thermostat levels. This always for energy savings as the thermostat can be set higher.

4. DeVAP

DeVAP is the short name for Desiccant Enhanced Evaporative Air Conditioning and it’s the cutting edge of moisture removal. DeVAP is a system of membranes that contain a a liquid desiccant, similar to the small packets that keep shoes dry. DeVAP systems use the desiccant membranes to pull moisture from the air before sending it over the evaporator coils in your HVAC system. The resulting condensation over the super-cooled coils removes the last of the moisture from the circulating air. The dry air feels cooler allowing the thermostat to be set higher creating significant energy savings.

There you have it, the latest and greatest home tech advances of the year. We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the up and coming technologies that will make your home more energy efficient and fun.