Air conditioning is one of the greatest users of electricity during summer months.
Luckily, innovations are being made to create efficient alternatives.
One alternative is Ice Energy.
Found in the Ice Bear system, ice energy doesn’t replace air conditioning, but is integrated into an existing AC system to create a hybrid that is energy efficient.
Ice Bear attaches to existing rooftop air conditioning system and uses the existing airflow, so it is easy to install. It is best suited for commercial building and comes in Ice-ready rooftop units. But how does it work?
Ice Bear is essentially a thermal tank that operates in two modes, Ice Charging mode and Ice Cooling mode.
In Ice Charging Mode
During the cooler, more efficient hours of the night, Ice Bear charges 450 gallons of water to create a giant ice block. The ice block will remain intact until it is needed in the peak hours of the day.
In Ice Cooling mode
During the warmer hours of the day, a fan blows wind on the ice. The ice slowly melts as it travels through copper coils, effectively cooling the building. The cooling cycle lasts at least 6 hours, usually starting at noon. During this time the AC shuts off and Ice Bear takes over. In this way Ice Bear works as a battery to your air conditioner, using energy only as it is needed. Once the ice is melted the cycle begins again.
Considering 40-50 percent of a building’s electricity use comes from daytime air-conditioning, there is no reason not to try alternatives. With Ice Bear attached, you can cut electricity use by 95 percent.
What makes Ice Bear accessible is that it works with nearly all operating conditions and installations.
Plus, Ice Bear systems are funded and supplied by utilities, so it is free for you to use. If your building is located within a participating utilities territory, then you qualify to receive the Ice Bear equipment and installation at no cost to you.
The ice energy system is great when used for commercial buildings.
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