How a New Clothing Invention Promises to Improve Cooling

During hot seasons, most homes rely on air conditioners to keep the indoors cool and, as a result, habitable. The convenience offered by these devices, however, comes at a price. Since HVAC units tend to consume lots of energy, using them for long periods leaves homeowners having to foot high utility bills.

An Incredible Breakthrough

Furthermore, the fact that most units only offer a single setting means some occupants have to contend with uncomfortable indoor temperatures. But this is all set to change, thanks to a revolutionary invention by a team of scientists. By pioneering the development of new clothing technology, they’ve come up with an invention that makes personalized cooling a reality.

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How is This Possible?

The experts have developed a fabric that can cool the body by up to 4°F. The material achieves this by reflecting more sunlight away, in addition to enhancing the transfer of heat via radiation. As such, clothes made of this fabric will be highly suitable for hot-weather outdoor activities.

A Change in Tact

Previously, research was mainly focused on producing materials that trapped body heat to keep people warm. So up to now, very few studies aimed at addressing cooling in hot weather. And although sportswear is the key focus of the new material, it could still be used to make ordinary clothing.

The Promise

While working from their research base at Stanford University, the scientists were tasked with creating an affordable material that could allow body heat to escape, while simultaneously blocking external heat. After a successful development process, they published their findings in the Science Journal, and named their new textile ‘nanoPE’. They claim that their invention could be help inhabitants of hot regions minimize reliance on air conditioning to keep them cool. In practice, people could use garments made using the fabric to live comfortably when it gets unbearably hot, besides cutting down on their use of HVAC units.

Currently, tests are being carried out to see how the material would practically work in various applications. Ultimately, more studies will be required before mass production can commence. If garments made using the textile are embraced worldwide, households and institutions could greatly reduce energy consumption by cutting down on HVAC use.