Recovery Act - Web-Based, Plug & Play, Wireless Remote Monitoring, Diagnostic and System Health Prediction System for Residential AC and Heat Pump Applications

Period of Performance: 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Array
Rockledge, FL 32955
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

In a typical residential home (or small commercial building), one of the largest sources of energy consumption is the Air Conditioning or heat pump system (AC). If the AC is operating with degraded efficiency, a homeowner may be unaware of the equipment problem because the house is still cool (AC running continuously to keep up). Such an equipment problem might result in a costly complete system failure, and the degraded operation will result in increased energy consumption (wasted energy), excessive operation of the system (shortened life), and a failure to cool living spaces adequately on the next hot day. AC units that