As average temperatures across the globe are rising, there are an increasing number of people who already live in heated climates that are becoming more compelling to crank up the air conditioning. Even though the traditional air conditioning systems are massive consumers of energy, there is a growing demand for this service, and for the foreseeable future, this is set to continue.
Those big, ugly boxes that hang off the sides of the house are no longer acceptable, nor do they fit with the look and feel of the modern household. So, what does the future of air conditioning look like? Let’s find out.
Ok, so this is something which isn’t entirely all-new. Before refrigeration and electricity, there was a different way that people used to cool down their homes. A ceramic jar, filled with water would be placed just outside of a window, inside of a wooden lattice. The water in the jar would evaporate as the warm air externally passes through the lattice. This will then deposit into the room a cool stream of air. Ok, so this wasn’t anywhere near as effective as the systems which are in place today. However, this method is super-efficient. These types of systems are extremely low-cost, and they work without any electricity. There is a business in California that is working on a resurrection of these types of systems called “Emerging Objects”.
The Cool Brick is one of the most recent inventions from this company is an up-to-date version of the original evaporation cooler. It is a 3D printed block that is made from a unique type of ceramic that is a mash-up of a ceramic jar and a wooden lattice. The really clever little creation can absorb water just like a sponge, and the lattice design enables air to pass through with ease, this is mostly due to the porous material that it is printed from. This then results in the surrounding air being cooled as the water evaporates from the micro-pores.
The bricks have been created so that they interlock. They are modular, and as a result of this, they can be stacked together. This means, if a person wanted to construct a complete wall from these bricks, it would allow you to be able to cool your home, and not have to worry about an energy-sapping unit.
It will never be as instantaneous as an air conditioning system. However, it would almost certainly reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your bills at the same time.