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Best Solar-powered Air Conditioners - Luce's Buying Guide

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How Do Solar-powered Air Conditioners Work?

Solar-powered air conditioners work by utilizing solar power instead of electrical power. However, there are also hybrid solar air conditioner models that make use of solar power or electricity to function. The type of solar air conditioners you can consider depends on the amount of sunlight your space receives, among other factors.

Factors to Consider

Space Requirements

The first factor to consider is space requirements. This includes the size of your space, as well as the number of solar panels that you can install in your home. Solar-powered air conditioning requires a large amount of space, particularly to install the solar panels, and connect them to the indoor and outdoor units of your air conditioner.


Price is another consideration. Solar-powered air conditioners are significantly more expensive than ones that rely on the electricity grid. Solar air conditioner systems connect to solar panels that harness energy from the sun, and supposedly lowers your energy bills. However, installation costs will drive the initial setup price upwards.

The type of solar AC unit will also determine the price. For instance, you may have to pay a different price for a DC solar air conditioner compared to AC power units. Similarly, solar thermal systems will also differ in cost compared to DC solar air conditioners.


Installation of solar air conditioners differs from the installation of other types of air conditioners. A solar-powered AC unit will have to be fitted with solar panels, so there is an additional installation procedure and cost to install these as well. Not all aircon installation companies can install solar panels as well, so finding a company to do this can be challenging.

For any queries about solar air conditioners, contact our team at Luce Aircon as we can provide purchasing assistance, installations, and maintenance for your unit. When looking for solar air conditioning systems, scout around among companies that can install the air conditioning unit and solar panels at the same time.

Cooling Capacity

The cooling capacity of your solar-powered air conditioner will depend on the size of your space. The bigger the space you have, the higher British Thermal Units you will need to keep the space cool. As a standard, you should have 20 BTU for every square foot of space.

The cooling capacity is also essential when considering solar power as it will indicate the minimum number of solar panels you need to operate the air conditioner. In terms of energy efficiency, you can use inverter units to optimize the power consumption of the air conditioner.


Maintaining your solar air conditioners can also pose a challenge as you will need to maintain the solar panels as well. This includes cleaning and making sure that the solar panels function properly. Dust around the solar panels can block the sunlight from getting through, so maintenance is a must to keep these working well.

Besides the panels, you will also need to maintain your solar-powered air conditioner. Air conditioner maintenance can be a breeze with Luce Aircon. Our team can assist you in the routine maintenance of your air conditioner!

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Best Solar AC Unit for All Spaces

1. Jntech 12000BTU Solar ACDC Inverter Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner with Heater - $2,095.00

The Jntech solar-powered air conditioner runs on AC/DC power, and features 12,000 BTU rating that can cool up to 400 square feet of space. It has a remote control for convenience, and can operate more than one indoor unit at a time. As it is an inverter unit, it is energy efficient, particularly as it features a SEER rating of 31.

2. ACDC12C Solar Air Conditioner Heat Pump - $2,599.00

This unit does not need any connection to the electricity grid, and can save the costs of heating and cooling the space during the day. It comes with both a heating mode and a cooling mode, and is easy to install in most types of properties.

3. Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner Solar YMGI 12000 BTU - $2,636.21

This model from YMGI features a 12,000BTU mini split, as well as a hybrid solar air conditioning unit that can connect to both solar power and electricity so you can save up on the cost of running the unit but can also operate the unit using standard electricity outlets.

Unit Price BTU Rating Energy Consumption Maintenance
Jntech 12000 BTU Solar AC/DC Inverter Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner with Heater $2,095.00 12,000 BTU ★★★★★ High Maintenance
ACDC12C Solar Air Conditioner Heat Pump $2,599.00 Various BTU Options ★★★★☆ High Maintenance 
Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner Solar YMGI 12000 BTU $2,636.21 12,000 BTU ★★★★★ High Maintenance

Deciding Your AC Unit

Choosing the AC unit you should consider can be confusing, especially when you are inexperienced in solar-powered AC units. Our team can assist you with any concerns or inquiries you have as part of our purchasing assistance - so you can choose the right kind of air conditioner that you need for your space!

Contact us at Luce Aircon, and start shopping for your solar AC units! 

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