“Hydronic Cooling System”

The industry is largely unaware of the viability of hydronic cooling.  Hydronic cooling cannot be in the floor due to condensation and the discomfort of cold on the feet (thus eliminating hydronic cooling from hydronic floors.)  However, properly implemented, hydronic cooling has all the advantages of hydronic heating; no cold breeze, absolutely quiet, very effective cooling due to the radiant phenomenon.   However, an inexpensive source for large amounts of chilled water in a home setting would normally be considered less practical to the HVAC engineer.   But the high desert has a powerful phenomenon of the ability to chill water even after a very hot day:

FountainHead has a large reflecting pond (Feature 17).  This pond provides beauty for the home at night reflecting the night sky and surrounding spaces.   This pond also creates the “FA Element: Floating Bedroom Island” (see Fluid Architecture® Element RIO-2.)

In addition to the natural beauty of the reflecting pond, there is a powerful “natural energy harvesting” phenomenon that can be harnessed to cool a home even in the hot summer months.   In the high desert, “the black body effect of the night skies” along with evaporation cools water rapidly.  (This is experienced with swimming pools in the high desert, which must be covered at night to fight off the powerful chilling effects of the environment.) 

During the night hours the 60 foot diameter “Reflecting Pond” chills a 3” deep layer of water.  In the morning when the water is no longer dropping in temperature, it automatically drains into a large thermos that holds the chilled water.  During the day when cooling is needed, the chilled water is sent to the same hydronic panels (Feature 14) used for heating.  At this point the panels now cool the home.There is no need to feel guilty; feel free to cool the home; the cooling is free with no negative environmental impacts or utility costs.

FountainHead keeps on “rolling on” with cooling ability until the end of time with free energy from nature; it’s about a great quality of life.