Cranking up the thermostat is not only bad for your electrical bill, but the planet as well. Heating your room by just an extra degree releases between 683 and 793 lbs. of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
People are becoming aware of the negative impact our heating needs have on the environment and are switching to eco-friendly heating alternatives. And the reward came in the form of a decreased electrical bill. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, American citizens saved nearly $20 billion by switching to eco-friendly heating and cooling systems.
If this isn’t motivation enough, just think about how much good you will do for the environment. Switching from your outdated heating system to a new, green one is never an easy decision. Where to start? What to look for in a heating system? In this article, we give you the best XY eco-friendly heating solutions.
Ductless Heat Pumps
Ductless heat pumps have two main components, an indoor and an outdoor unit linked by a conduit that houses the refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, condensate drain and the power cable. Two main advantages of ductless mini-splits are their compact size and zoning capabilities. Zoning means that the temperature can be adjusted according to the zones, so if you aren’t using the top floor of your home you can choose not to heat it. Ductless mini-splits are also a good retrofit addition to old houses with dated heating and cooling systems. You can read more about it here:http://www.hughesairco.com/ductless-systems-offer-superior-flexibility-for-retrofits-and-more/
Pellet stoves are considered more efficient and affordable than traditional wood stoves. They use renewable resources like sawdust and switch grass, which are easy to find. A single stove can heat up a home that is less than 1500 square feet wide, while you might need more of them for a larger home.
Pellets are not as space-consuming as wood, so you won’t have to clutter your backyard with wood. They are also easier to handle due to their lightweight. A pellet stove can heat up a home pretty efficiently for as much as $100 less.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Why spend valuable resources heating up your home, when the Earth itself is a vast source of heat. The ground temperature is precisely what these systems use to heat or cool your home using a network of underground pipes filled with a special liquid. Since the ground temperature remains constant during any time of the year, the system can operate during any season. And since the system does not rely on fossil fuels or electricity, it is very eco-friendly.
Active Solar Heating
If you live in an area with cool but sunny winters, active solar heating systems are an ideal choice. They harvest the heat from the sun’s rays with a fluid like a glycol or water and deliver it to your home. There it is stored for use later. The heat can be distributed through a network of radiators, floor heating systems, central forced-air systems or hot water baseboards.
Hybrid Solar Systems
Just as the name implies, these systems operate on both solar power and batteries. The system uses the batteries during the dark days when there’s limited sunlight available. On other, brighter days, the solar panels fuel the system and recharge the batteries at the same time. The batteries can also be charged through the home’s electrical system if necessary. Depending on the size of your home, these systems can even run on a single solar panel, making this an ideal option even if you don’t want to start a huge remodelling project.
If you are looking for an eco-friendly heating solution contact Hughes Air Heating & Cooling at:
220 W 6th Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210, USA