No place on earth is more suitable for a Solar power renaissance than Pahrump, Nevada. The Pahrump Valley is ridden with old mobile homes on 1-acre properties. In addition, the sun shines robustly pretty much every single day of the year. During the summer months, the temps rise and the sun shines like crazy. Meanwhile, the interior temps in the under insulated mobile homes soar as does the electric bill. Many cool their under insulated mobile homes with swamp coolers that use copious water.
When my father and mother in law passed away, they left us a nice prefab in Pahrump. The first thing we did was pressure wash and paint all the structures. We then removed the carpet and installed hardwoods along with new roofing. Now we are looking at replacing the coil heat system with a heat pump and a solar powered ductless mini split.
In the winter time, it is crucial that a home’s crawl space is heated or the water lines will freeze. Hence, it is appropriate to operate a heat pump system that uses existing ducts that are in the crawl space. In the summer, this is not the case. In fact, in Pahrump, Nevada, it does not freeze from March to late late fall and the beginnings of winter. With no requirement to heat the crawl space, all heat can be ducted directly into living space. This is where a low wattage high seer rated solar powered ductless mini split comes into play. Then again, a low wattage mini-split head unit could be installed in the existing ducting in order to heat the crawl space etc.
Many of the newer ductless mini splits have SEER ratings that exceed 22.5. They are Energy Star rated and only require a modest amount of wattage to run. An 18,000 BTU mini split will cool a 1500 sqft home and use between 700 watts and 2000 watts. The initial wattage it takes to start the unit’s compressor may eclipse 2000 watts for only a few seconds. Once the unit is running, the wattage usage may back off to less than 1000 watts or even 700 watts depending on the size of the unit. When a home’s temp is stable, the mini split logic will only operate at a level that maintains the temperature. In most cases, a 2600 watt solar array will be more than enough to cool a Pahrump mobile home. In fact, if the water heater heating element is only 1440 watts, the solar system will heat the water too. The best method to heat water is a heating panel that uses black heating tubes to absorb heat from the sun.
Installing two separate 12,000 BTU mini-splits may be a better option. This way, it only requires 12-2 Romex wire. Moreover, the master bedroom and living room would be heated separately. In addition, a 12,000 BTU mini split could run constantly at 1000 watts in an open floor plan.
Even a 3000 watt grid tie inverter would be enough to cool a mobile home for 8 months of the year in Pahrump.
These solar panels are going to my property in Boulder County, Colorado. I will be installing a gas stove, gas on demand water heater, and gas dryer so I can make room in the 100 amp electrical panel for additional circuit breakers for a master bedroom addition and a 4000-watt solar power system. the home will then get a 18,000 BTU mini split, so I can heat the home for nothing when the sun is out. The gas furnace will be used only at night. I will also be able to monitor and control the temp inside the house and crawl space with a smartphone app.
Once I determine the worthyness of the solar system, Pahrump is next.
I cant help it if I am brilliant !
Oh and the Dumont Dunes are only an hour away. Nice!
System Type : Heat Pump
Power Supply : 208-230V/60Hz
Rated Current Cooling : 4.05 A
Rated Current Heating : 4.72 A
Cooling Capacity (Min-Max) : 12,000 Btu/h
Heating Capacity (Min-Max) : 12,000 Btu/h
SEER : 21.5 Btu/w
HSPF4 : 9.8 Btu/w
HSPF5 : 7.7 Btu/w
COP : 3.24 W/W
Air Flow : 306/212/147 CFM
Noise level – Hi/Mi/Lo : 36.5/30/25 dB(A)
Indoor unit dimension (WxHxD) : 31.57×7.44×11.69 inches
Net/Gross Weight : 18.1/22.0 lbs
Compressor Type : rotary
Noise level : 57.5 dB(A)
Outdoor unit dimension (WxHxD) : 31.50×13.11×21.81 inches
Net/Gross Weight : 81.6/88.2 lbs
Refrigerant : R410A