There has been a heated debate on the need to transition from the traditional, heavy air conditioners and heater units to the smaller and more compact units, or to find other worthy alternatives. This is occasioned by the need to remain eco-friendly while at the same improving energy efficiency. This explains why most property developments are now taking the green approach all over the world. So how is this being made possible?
Investing in Research
As the talk about the benefits of going green in the HVAC business heats up, the need for further research is imminent. However, it would also be notable that current development in regards to HVAC is a product of extensive research from the industry players. For instance, research from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that traditional HVAC systems use up to 40 percent of the total energy consumption in a building. This is in addition to the fact that these systems account for a large number of harmful emissions to the environment. As such, the current research looks at how best this trend can be overturned to ensure better energy efficiency, improvement in indoor comfort, and reduction of harmful gases.
Talking of research, the introduction of energy analysis software has been instrumental in helping improve the energy efficiency of HVAC units. This software comes in handy to help engineers, architects, and HVAC professionals project and utilize the most money-saving and energy-efficient systems for a specific space before installation. While some of these modern systems may be costly to install, experts advise homeowners to look at the long-term benefits.
Ways the HVAC Industry is Becoming Greener
With the transformation in the HVAC industry, newer and modern ways of improving energy efficiency are put forth. Green HVAC may be relatively new, but there are various ways already in place that promise to transform the industry. The following are some of the most notable ways the HVAC industry is going green.
Use of Solar Energy
The use of solar energy for HVAC systems is one of the most common green HVAC technologies being taken up by homeowners and property managers. With solar panels, you can convert ordinary sunlight through photovoltaic materials into electricity that can then be used in cooling, heating, and lighting.
Using a Smart Thermostat
With a smart thermostat, you have full control over your HVAC system, thanks to the development of a smart app for the same. This lets you adjust the temperatures and program the settings of your HVAC system remotely through your phone or laptop.
Zoned HVAC System
Zoning an HVAC system involves dividing your space into various cooling and heating zones. Each zone can then be controlled as a single unit. This ensures that you keep occupied spaces comfortable while at the same time adjusting settings or shutting off unused areas, thus reducing energy costs and unnecessary emissions.
Using a Dual Fuel Heat Pump
A dual fuel heat pump gives a homeowner the chance to make use of an electric heat pump that features a backup furnace. In cases where temperatures drop beyond a given level, the furnace comes in to provide heat. On the other hand, the electric heat pump will come in handy to warm the home when temperatures are above freezing.
Using Quiet Duct Tape
The use of duct tape may be common, but Quiet Duct Wrap takes it a notch higher to offer green HVAC solutions. This is because Quiet Duct Wrap gives both acoustic and thermal insulation. What’s more, it makes use of recycled denim fabric. It is aluminum material that helps protect from moisture, air currents, and vapors. It also reflects heat, thus giving an eco-friendly solution.
Geothermal Cooling and Heating
A geothermal heating and cooling system draw its energy from the earth itself. Here, the geothermal piping is fitted into the ground to enable them to draw heat into the home. During summer, the system will draw the earth’s cool and pipe it up to the home. This is a simple but efficient green technology in HVAC.
As a property manager or homeowner, going for green HVAC not only improves energy efficiency but also keeps you in sync with environmental regulations. With the ever-growing focus on green energy, the possibilities in the HVAC business are endless.