The eco-friendly and cost-effective “ice battery” method of residential indoor climate control has been around for more than a decade, but one company still believes it is the answer to inefficient air conditioning units. California-based Ice Energy is the company that makes Ice Bears for both residential and commercial installations. The cooling units promise to save home and building owners a ton of money, while providing reliable cool air with a smaller environmental impact than traditional air conditioning. The system is based on a simple concept—ice is cold and can make air cold, too—but the sophisticated system is both smart and flexible to respond to the demands of a modern world.

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The company has lofty claims for its ice-based cooling units, saying the Ice Bear system “reduces peak cooling electricity by 95 percent for up to 6 hours a day” resulting in energy savings up to 40 percent overall. The efficient unit essentially makes ice, a low energy task, and then uses it to cool your home’s air. Ice Bear can reportedly get four hours of cool air from its ice with the compressor shut off, which means it uses a lot less energy than a traditional air conditioner.

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The Ice Bear, which is installed outside just like traditional central air conditioning units, can integrate with a home’s duct system or use a ductless mini-split system for homes lacking ductwork. It’s a smart system, too, designed with remote monitoring and control capabilities, as well as a host of reporting features that allow homeowners to see graphical representations of their energy usage.

Via Treehugger

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