Mistbox cools your air conditioner to cut energy consumption
Gizmag, June 25, 2015. Image credit: PublicDomainPictures
According to its creators, the Mistbox is a simple device that can be retrofitted to central air conditioners that improves their efficiency and reduces operating costs by pre-cooling the incoming outside air used to cool the condensing coil.
It works by evaporative cooling, which is the same principle as the system that keeps the human body cool. The human body puts out as much heat as a 100 watt incandescent bulb, and without a cooling system we’d all die of heat exhaustion in short order. The body is kept cool by a constant flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. As this sweat evaporates, it carries away the excess heat, so the body maintains a constant temperature.
Another way that Mistbox tries to increase savings is by means of the 96 x 54 mm solar panel that recharges the 7.2 V NiMh battery that powers the unit, which means there’s no complicated wiring installation required. In addition, the unit can be controlled using either the icon-based 22 x 77 mm display or by connecting wirelessly to the Mistbox app, which also allows the user to track power consumption and savings.