12 Aug '11, 12pm

Squeezing Humidity Out of the Air

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity, they say. And according to one company with a distinct take on air-conditioning challenges, buildings can cut cooling costs substantially by dealing with the humidity separately. Advantix Systems An Advantix air-conditioning unit. A central air-conditioning system made by Advantix Systems , formerly an Israeli company but now based in Miami, removes moisture from air and cools it with a mixture that is 60 percent water and 40 percent salt. Humid air is pumped past the salty mixture and water from the air tends to flow into the salt. If the salt is chilled, the air will be cooled, too. A diagram explaining the system is here . Finding a separate way to remove the humidity is important, said Hannah Choi Granade, president of the company’s American subsidiary, because conventional air-conditioners have only one way to squeeze the humidity...

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