As people become more environmentally conscious, the demand for green living solutions continues to rise. Homeowners in St. Louis, Missouri, and around the world are equipping their living spaces to reduce their carbon footprint and cut energy costs. Read on to discover five green trends in HVAC technology that every homeowner should watch for.
Smart thermostats are among the growing number of smart home devices connected to the internet of things. They allow you to control your home’s heating and cooling settings remotely via your smartphone or tablet. Remote settings can be beneficial if you’re away from home and need to adjust your home’s temperature.
Some smart thermostats even learn your temperature preferences and adapt to your schedule. The device identifies when you’re home given your smartphone’s location. It can even adjust to your preferred temperature when you’re on your way home, cooling and heating your living space only when you’re in it. Smart thermostats also send you reports detailing your energy usage to help you understand how your home is using energy so you can take steps to optimize usage.
Ice-Powered Air Conditioning Systems
A bit more cutting-edge, these hybrid air conditioning systems operate using ice that’s frozen within the unit. They then supply cool air as it melts. Current ice-powered air conditioners work by freezing over 400 gallons of water at a time. During the hottest part of the day, the air conditioner runs on the frozen ice rather than the unit’s compressor.
The ice continues to supply the air conditioner with cool air until it melts completely, at which point the unit’s compressor fires back up. When daytime temperatures dissipate, the unit begins to freeze ice again for use the following day. The less time the AC’s compressor runs, the more energy you save.
Ductless Air Conditioning Systems
In spaces where you might consider installing a window AC unit, a ductless air conditioner is a viable option. Also called mini-splits, these units are sleek, wall-mounted and connect directly into your outdoor air conditioning unit.
One major advantage to ductless AC units is their ability to target and cool specific zones in your living space. For example, you might primarily need cooling in bedrooms located on the upper floor of your home. Discreet, quiet and ultra energy-efficient, ductless air conditioning can cut energy costs and make your home a greener place.
Solar energy is abundant, renewable and has a major impact on green energy trends. Photovoltaic cells convert the sun’s energy directly into electricity. Even better, solar panels can work with your existing HVAC unit. Although not as exorbitantly expensive as they once were, solar panels aren’t cheap. However, incorporating them as an energy source for your home can increase the value of your property and significantly cut heating and cooling costs.
As solar panels draw energy from above, a geothermal system draws its energy from below the earth’s surface. A geothermal system is a ground-source heat pump that you can use for heating or cooling. It works by using the earth as a heat sink in the summer and a heat source in the winter. A professional installer will dig a well and install a series of looped pipes underground that fill with water or a mix of water and refrigerant.
Underneath the frost line, the earth maintains a subterranean temperature of approximately 50 degrees year-round. Fifty degrees may not seem particularly warm. But the air from below heats significantly as it moves from the underground pipes through the heat pump. This pipe system works a bit like the circulatory system in the body, pumping heat into and away from your home with the heat pump acting as the heart. The choice to install a geothermal system is an investment. But it’s without a doubt a green and energy-saving one to consider.
Considering taking steps to make your home a greener place? For questions and assistance regarding green HVAC solutions, contact our professional team at Averill Heating & Air Conditioning at 314-328-0437.
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