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Old 07-13-2017, 12:16 AM   #1
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Has anyone used or considered this company? Heat Recovery Water Heaters & Pool Heaters | Solar Air Conditioners | Water Heating & Pool Heating From AC

They have A/C units for "off the grid" applications. I found the hybrid unit interesting as it has the potential to reduce the need for a continuous running generator. They use DC components to improve efficiency by eliminating the inverter from the batteries. As with any solar installation you can buy a whole bunch of generator fuel for the price of the components.


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Andy

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Old 07-13-2017, 06:51 AM   #2
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Has anyone used or considered this company? Heat Recovery Water Heaters & Pool Heaters | Solar Air Conditioners | Water Heating & Pool Heating From AC

They have A/C units for "off the grid" applications. I found the hybrid unit interesting as it has the potential to reduce the need for a continuous running generator. They use DC components to improve efficiency by eliminating the inverter from the batteries. As with any solar installation you can buy a whole bunch of generator fuel for the price of the components.


Any thoughts?

Andy
it all depends on how they handle the incoming power.. minisplits use high voltage Variable frequency power to drive the compressor. and sometimes the indoor fan depending on the unit. if the power supplies are designed correctly then you can potentially save power usage, though Dc-DC conversion sometimes comes with a bit of loss.. I'd be interested to see the actual watts used on those vs regular units.. hopefully they didnt just put an inverter on the 12 volts and use the regular power supplies..

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