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August 6th, 2013 at 9:43 am

Researchers develop self-cooling windows

Self-cooling windows let in the sunshine without the heat.

Homeowners love a lot of windows in their homes that let in a lot of sunlight.  But those windows can also mean higher air conditioning bills since they absorb heat but don’t tend to cool themselves, until now. Harvard researchers have created self-cooling windows.

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The self-cooling windows are based on the idea of the human circulatory system. When we heat up, blood vessels on our skin dilate and allow more blood to circulate and cool us down. The windows do the same thing. There is a lattice of ultra thin trenches near the edge of the window. When it gets too hot, you can pump water through the window to cool it.

“The water comes in at a low temperature, runs next to a hot window, and carries that thermal energy away,” said lead author Benjamin Hatton.

While most of the house might be insulated against allowing heat in, windows have always been a problem. But with this, you can cool a normal-sized window pane by 14 degrees Fahrenheit with six ounces of water.

Perfect timing for this summer!

Photo credit: Harvard

Via Dvice

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