7 Ways the HVAC Industry is Becoming Greener
With stricter environmental regulations and the rising costs of electricity, many consumers are considering greener methods of heating and cooling their property. According to a Nielsen study, 75% of Millennials and half of Baby Boomers are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly services. As a result, the HVAC industry is investing in research to supply green HVAC technology. Here are just a few ways that the HVAC industry is working towards producing green technology.
Thermally Driven Air Conditioning
In Australia, a company has found a way to use heat to cool homes and businesses. Chromasun, uses solar thermal energy to drive a double effect chiller. This method saves customers money in the long run because it doesn’t drive up their electricity costs. The company crafts it’s own solar panels to reach the needed temperatures. With the system’s natural gas back up if the solar power isn’t producing enough, but with the low cost of gas today it still saves consumers money. The company’s double effect chiller is supposed to provide more cooling than photovoltaic systems while reducing costs and being better for the environment.
Energy Analysis Software
Energy analysis software is a useful tool for HVAC system professionals, architects, and engineers. It allows for professionals to project the most energy efficient and money saving system for a specific space before it’s installed. The ability to tell what system will work for a space before the install will save customers money. Because instead of guessing which system will work best it can analyze which system will work best. And they have the added bonus of long lasting money saving and energy efficient results. Plus with a variety of systems on the market, professionals can choose the system that works best for their business.
HVAC zoning isn’t entirely new, but it can save money and environmentally friendly. When a home or business is divided into several zones each zone can be controlled separately. It also allows for unused rooms or offices to be shut off when closed. Rooms in direct sunlight or in the interior of the building can be controlled separately so rooms aren’t heated or cooled when they shouldn’t. This way people aren’t paying to heat or cool rooms that aren’t in use and the temperature is ideal in every used room.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Geothermal technology is gaining in popularity because it is currently eco-friendly heating and cooling, as well as the most energy-efficient system. It works by drawing energy from the Earth itself. The geothermal piping is placed in the ground, and fluids in the piping draw heat into the home. During the warmer months the system absorbs the cool from the Earth and pipes it through the home or business. Geothermal heating and cooling is about four times more efficient than traditional systems and can be up to eight times more efficient. In the end, it’s a green technology that will save people money.
Ice-Powered Air Conditioner
Ice Energy, a company in California, uses an ice battery to power it’s air conditioning unit. The unit is called an Ice Bear. It works by freezing 450 gallons of water in a tank during off-peak hours then it switches to cooling mode during peak hours. It can cool a residential or commercial space for up to six hours during peak hours. The Ice Bear works in conjunction with a conventional unit to lower electric bills and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Making it a money saving and green measure for consumers.
Dual Fuel Heat Pump
A dual fuel heat pump gives home-owners the benefits of an electric heat pump with a backup furnace. When the temperatures drop below a certain level, the furnace kicks in to heat a home. When the temperatures are above freezing the electric heat pump warms the home. The dual fuel heat pump costs more than the traditional HVAC system. However, the system is more efficient and saves homeowners a bundle when they switch systems. And the increase in efficiency also benefits the environment.
Quiet Duct Wrap
Duct tape has been around for a while, but Quiet Duct Wrap’s take on it provides a green HVAC solution. Quiet Duct Wrap provides both thermal and acoustic insulation comparable with traditional duct tape. However, it uses recycled denim fabric diverted from landfills. It boasts no irritants and no fiberglass, so as to prevent potential skin irritation. The aluminum barrier protects from air currents, moisture, and vapors as well as reflecting unwanted heat. Giving you an environmentally friendly solution to duct wrap.
Environmental regulations will create a need for more green technology and newer ways to save people money while reducing carbon emissions. Staying ahead on green HVAC industry trends will only benefit your business.