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What Options Do You Have for Green HVAC Systems?

What Options Do You Have for Green HVAC Systems?

If you are concerned about the environment, you have plenty of options regarding going green with your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. There are a number of ways you can replace your current HVAC system and allow your home to be more environmentally friendly. Some of these options include hybrid solutions and heat pumps.

Types of Green HVAC Systems

Heat pumps are typically one of the most environmentally friendly heating options. Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient. Heat pumps are able to save more energy than traditional furnaces and air conditioners due to the fact that they transfer heat instead of generating it through electricity. During the cooler months, air source heat pumps transfer heat from outside your home into your home. In the Summer, heat pumps move heat from inside your home to the outdoors. Heat pumps are also better equipped to remove humidity from the air than traditional air conditioners. Further, heat pumps cost 25% less to run than traditional air conditioners and furnaces. This means you will save approximately 30% to 40% in energy costs.

Hybrid Heating systems are another environmentally friendly option to cool and heat your home. These systems are made up of carrier’s infinity control technology, gas furnace, and a heat pump. Hybrid heating systems are able to shift between gas or electric energy sources based on the weather conditions outside your home. This type of system is able to determine the temperature outside your home and then select the type of energy source that is the most efficient in cost.

Programmable thermostats are also an excellent way to save costs as well as increase the level of environmental friendliness of your home. Programmable thermostats are able to adjust the level of energy your home is consuming by arranging the HVAC unit’s on and off cycles with your unique schedule, which allows for more control over the temperature within your home. Programmable thermostats are able to be programmed through wi-fi or remote access as well. This will allow you to set the temperature of your home from a device such as a tablet, smartphone, or computer.

For more information on how to make your HVAC system more environmentally friendly, please give us a call at 408-295-2182. We look forward to speaking with you and addressing your unique concerns and questions.

Is A Green HVAC System Right For Your Facility?

If you’re planning to upgrade your facility’s heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system, you should consider going green. Like other green technologies, green HVAC systems are designed with an emphasis on energy efficiency, making them a smart long-term investment.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), roughly 40 percent of a typical commercial building’s electricity goes towards heating and cooling. Depending on the size of the building, businesses can easily spend thousands of dollars on indoor climate control every year. The good news is that you don’t have to turn off your facility’s HVAC system just to reduce your business’s energy usage. Green HVAC systems consume less energy than traditional systems, allowing you to create a comfortable environment for your customers and employees without breaking the bank.

How to Choose a Green HVAC System

When choosing a green HVAC system for your facility, there are a few things to consider, beginning with efficiency. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating, while not perfect, provides a general overview of a system’s cooling efficiency. This metric reflects the system’s cooling power divided by the amount of energy it consumes. Generally speaking, the higher the SEER rating, the greater the system’s efficiency. The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), on the other hand, reflects the system’s heating efficiency.

You should also consider the size of the green HVAC system. This doesn’t refer to the physical size of the system. Rather, a system’s size refers to its cooling and heating power. The size of a central air conditioner is typically measured in tonnage. A 1-ton unit can cool 12,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs) in an hour.

Finally, consider the technology powering the system. Some of the most common types of green HVAC technologies include the following:

  • Geothermal Heat Pump: Also known as a ground source heat pump, it transfers heat from the facility to the ground during summer and vise-versa during winter.
  • Solar Power: This HVAC system is powered by solar panels that harvest and convert sunlight into usable electricity.
  • Dual-Fuel Heat Pump: Also known as a hybrid heat pump, it has a ground- or air-sourced heat pump with a gas or propane furnace.

Because they consume less energy than conventional models, green HVAC systems offer cost-savings benefits over time. So, even if it costs more up front, you’ll save money on your facility’s monthly power bills by investing in a green HVAC system.

To learn more green HVAC systems and whether they are right for your facility, call us today at 408-295-2182

What is Green HVAC?

A green HVAC system helps commercial, industrial, educational institutions, tech giants, government facilities, large corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, and residential customers to conserve important natural resources using the most efficient and environmentally-friendly technologies, which results in lower utility bills for their air conditioning, heating, and plumbing. While usually incurring some expenses initially, the improvement in the energy efficiency makes them more and more economical as time goes on.

Air conditioning uses close to 50 percent of the energy use in the United States during the summer months, and that is responsible for almost 100 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Solar power can usually generate all the energy needed, and tax credits are generally available to aid with the purchase and installation of qualified HVAC products. The panels even provide energy on cloudy days, some move automatically to catch the sun when more is needed, you can possibly add a solar pool heating system or a water heater, and roof tiles and shingles come in a variety of styles and colors that will blend in with your existing roof.

Geothermal HVAC systems use the constant temperatures deep underwater and below the ground to heat and cool the premises. Underwater and underground looped pipes contain water or refrigerant and transfer heat. Since heat is being moved and not being produced, less energy is used compared to standard systems. This system does not produce pollution, the pipes are long-lasting, and some can even work as water heaters. Geothermal systems like these are as much as four times more efficient than traditional HVAC systems.

Dual-fuel heat pumps are the answer when regular heat pumps prove inefficient because the weather is too cold. These contain a warm weather pump and a cold weather furnace, which can be switched over automatically or manually to the best fuel source.

Take advantage of the Home Energy Yardstick by Energy Stars to compare your household’ or business energy use to others throughout the country and get recommendations for improvement.

Continually improved products will come to market as funding provides financial support and exciting development and research produces ever-increasing energy-efficient HVAC technologies.

To answer any of your questions and to give you more helpful details on installing, maintaining, and repairing green HVAC system technologies, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to discuss your particular project and explain how excellent service from our certified and professionally trained technicians will be of great benefit to you. Call us at (408) 295-2182