Sunday, November 09, 2008

Off topic: refrigerators are stupid

It doesn't make sense to me that when it is freezing outside you use electricity to cool or freeze air in a part of your house (inside the fridge). Conversely when it it hot outside and you have the airconditioner turned on it has to work against the fridge which is heating up your house (the area behind or on top of it).

I haven't thought this through or done much research, but is seems like a great green investment opportunity. Somebody is probably already working on it . Who ? Let me know !

Heat pump
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A heat pump is a machine or device that moves heat from one location (the 'source') to another location (the 'sink' or 'heat sink') using the physical concept of mechanical work. Most heat pump technology moves heat from a low temperature heat source to a higher temperature heat sink.[1] Common examples are food refrigerators and freezers, air conditioners, and reversible-cycle heat pumps for providing thermal comfort. Heat pumps can also operate in reverse, producing heat. This produces an efficient way of drying, and manufacturers such as AEG and Miele have released tumble dryers that utilise this method. It is claimed to be more energy saving and quicker than conventional drying.[citation needed]
Heat pumps can be thought of as a heat engine which is operating in reverse. One common type of heat pump works by exploiting the physical properties of an evaporating and condensing fluid known as a refrigerant. In heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) applications, a heat pump normally refers to a vapor-compression refrigeration device that includes a reversing valve and optimized heat exchangers so that the direction of heat flow may be reversed. Most commonly, heat pumps draw heat from the air or from the ground. Air-source heat pumps with a coefficient of performance (COP) 3 are developed in Japan at −20 °C.

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