According to Jeff Lemon, the President and chief designer at Hammond Air Conditioning Ltd., the company took on the development of a "split system" design when customers expressed interest in Arctic BREEZE Truck AC for the Mercedes "Sprinter" cargo vans. "On larger trucks, the entire system, including the battery pack, can usually be mounted to the frame rails behind the cab or sleeper. Along with the Sprinter, we found that there is a wide range of light and heavy trucks that need a no-idle AC system too, but have to fit it into a much more constricted space. Splitting the AC system into two separate components gives us the flexibility to fit these smaller vehicles."
The system uses three proprietary components for simpler installation and service. Arctic Breeze delivers 8000 BTU of cooling, while drawing as little as 45 Amps from six AGM glass mat truck batteries. The fast-charging batteries are said to provide up to 16 hours cooling time, even in the hottest regions of the country. Each system is equipped with an integrated low voltage cut-out switch to prevent draining the starting batteries.
Hammond calculates that, in most applications, an investment in their truck AC systems will recover their full cost within a single season based on fuel savings alone. Operators save additional costs through reduced engine wear and virtually zero maintenance, Hammond claims.
"Part of the secret to our success with the system is the efficiency of its motor," Lemon explains. "It's extremely compact and quiet, so it won't disturb anyone while they sleep in cool comfort in their cab."
The Arctic Breeze AC system is SmartWay certified.
More info: www.arcticbreeze-truckac.com.