Are you sick of paying the high bills that come with a traditional HVAC system?
Beyond just the damage it’s doing to your wallet, are you also bothered by its impact on the planet?
Consider looking into green heating and cooling solutions that will help you save both money and the planet.
If you’re thinking that these green solutions are not effective, think again.
Green Heating and Cooling Solutions Have Evolved
Occasionally, just employing some common sense fixes can reduce your heating bills. For example, improving your insulation and performing routine maintenance checks will put less stress on your HVAC system.
But once you’ve covered those bases, it may just be time to move to a greener alternative. We’ll take a look at five of those options.
1. Active Solar Heating and Cooling
With this first option, you don’t have to give up your traditional HVAC system.
By installing solar panels or solar shingles on your rooftop, you can use the power of the sun to run your HVAC system instead. This will offset the energy from the grid you’d normally use to run it.
2. Geothermal Systems
In spite of the name, geothermal systems don’t actually tap into the heat inside the Earth.
Instead, they use heat pumps to make efficient use of the constant temperature inside geothermal wells beneath the ground.
A heat pump contains fluid that, depending on the season, is either water or a refrigerant. In the winter, the water absorbs the Earth’s heat and then brings it inside to warm the air. In the summer, that heat exchange works in reverse with a refrigerant that cools the air.
3. Absorption Systems
Absorption heating and cooling systems are also driven by heat pumps. But these pumps are driven by a natural gas burner rather than electricity.
Another difference is that the absorption heat pumps use a water-ammonia solution rather than a refrigerant.
Beyond those two differences, absorption and geothermal heat pumps work in much the same way to heat and cool spaces.
4. Wind Power
Wind power is sometimes used for powering commercial buildings.
However, a pint-sized wind turbine was designed in the last ten years that could one day be used for residential purposes.
With this design, the turbine rotates magnets that spin close to a copper plate. The magnetic resistance of the spinning magnets warms that plate. Water is heated as it’s pumped through a coil of copper tubing that’s mounted on the back of the plate.
This could provide a home with hot water, as well as the possibility of it being pumped through the house to be used as heat.
5. “Ice” Cooling Systems
As the name implies, this one is only for cooling.
This method cools a home with an air conditioning unit that makes use of ice. The system freezes water by circulating refrigerant through a system of copper coils, which turns the surrounding water to ice. The unit then stores that ice.
As the outdoor temperature rises, the ice compressor cools the hot refrigerant. So rather than kicking on, your AC stands down – cutting your energy use significantly.
Stay Warm and Be Cool
Green heating and cooling solutions continue to improve. So stay tuned to our blog to keep up with the latest advances.
And while you’re focusing on being more earth-friendly in your home, find out how you can support the planet while you’re out on the road too!