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How to Update your HVAC System with Green Technology

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It is possible that air conditioning eats up a massive chunk of your energy bills. It’s one of the main reasons why many American homeowners are looking for creative ways of saving money on heating, cooling, and refrigerant systems. Implementing energy-efficient technology lets you heat ‌for less and limits your carbon footprint.

If you need reliable HVAC contractors, come to 3H AC, and we’ll help you explore the available green HVAC options.

Going Greener

The global transition to clean energy use experienced a massive blow in 2018 when Americans hit the highest-ever recorded energy consumption in 70 years. But many Americans agree that renewable energy technologies should be prioritized following rising concerns over global warming and the carbon footprint. We are also increasingly aware of the adverse health effects caused by burning fossil fuels.

Unfortunately, our renewable energy production is still a mere drop in the ocean despite increased efforts to cut reliance on fossil fuels. Only about one-third of the total energy production comes from renewable sources. But here’s what you could do with your heating and ventilation systems to reverse the effects:

What Does Green Really Mean?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines green power sources as those that provide the highest environmental benefits like:

  • Greenhouse gas reduction
  • Reduced air pollution

Qualifying sources of renewable energy include:

  • Wind power
  • Solar energy
  • Geothermal power
  • Biomass
  • Low-impact small hydropower
  • Landfill gas

Energy-efficient electronics and HVAC systems are embedded into the green practice movement to promote environmental sustainability. Green practices include purchasing Energy Star-rated appliances and equipment made from repurposed materials using low-emission processes.

The ideal green HVAC technology should control all or a combination of the following criteria:

  • Affordable or within your budget
  • Easily accessible and locally available
  • Energy-efficient, leading to a significant reduction in your energy costs
  • Provide tax rebates and incentives for a more affordable installation experience

Some technologies are still in the development stage, but here’s what you could get for HVAC systems:

Ductless Heating and Cooling Pumps

A ductless heat pump is often used where HVAC ducts do not exist or when the existing system is inefficient. They can be a perfect solution if you recently added a room or made extensions to your house. Ductless heating and cooling pumps consist of an outdoor condenser and an indoor unit connected by a thin pipe.

Heat exchange coils move warm air from a room and into the exterior. And in winter, the heat pump draws air from the outside and pumps it into the home. Ductless units are easy to install, energy-efficient, and visually appealing, unlike ducted HVAC units.

High-Flux Solar Furnace

The main idea behind a solar furnace is to generate large amounts of heat without burning fuels. Solar furnaces concentrate the sun’s energy to produce high temperatures that may reach up to 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit. They work on the same principle as a magnifying glass, which can concentrate sunlight on a piece of paper to produce a fire.

High-flux solar furnaces (HFSF) are designed for high-temperature industrial and research applications. The experimental HFSF facility by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is among the largest in the country. It can achieve peak solar fluxes of up to 20,00 suns by using secondary concentrators to generate the heat.

Quiet-Duct Wrap

Quiet-Duct Wrap is a blanket-like liner used for sound-proofing and insulation. One side of the blanket has a pure aluminum barrier for heat reflection and protection against moisture, air currents, and vapors. The quiet wrap also reduces heat gain or loss when wrapped around your HVAC ductwork.

The product is usually made from recycled cotton and carries a Class-A fire rating. It’s a preferred insulation material because it is easy to install, resists microbial growth, and does not irritate the skin.

Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating supplies heat directly to the floor and is usually more efficient than traditional heating systems. Radiant floor heat can be supplied using air-based, liquid-based (hydronic), and electronic systems. Among the three, hydronic systems are the most energy-efficient.

Once you set it up, a hot water radiant can save you up to 30 percent on energy costs. Radiant floor heating turns your entire floor into a radiator, allowing the heat to distribute evenly throughout the house as it rises from the floor.

Renewable Energy Certificates (REC)

Renewable energy certificates are traded instruments that provide economic incentives for eco-friendly energy generation and consumption. They are market-driven energy support schemes meant to speed up the country’s transition to green energy sources. RECs place a saleable value on the production of green energy, allowing producers to sell the energy and the related certificate.

If you’re not willing to invest in green energy production, you can buy it from a green energy producer, even if they’re not from your state. Because there’s no other way to track it on the grid, a REC acts as an accounting system, making it easy to verify renewable energy generation. Each certificate represents one megawatt-hour of electricity produced, and it is canceled in the system once you claim consumption.

Solar Electricity Panels

The amount of solar energy that continuously strikes the earth is greater than what we consume each day by 10,000 times. And it would take billions of years for it to get depleted. Solar power reduces our reliance on greenhouse-gas-producing energy sources by converting sunlight into usable electricity.

Electrical solar panel installation costs have dropped significantly, with federal and state governments offering tax credits on installed systems. For example, you might be eligible for a 22% investment tax credit if you installed your solar PV system between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats allow you to control your home’s ac system from a mobile application. Many of them can be controlled using compatible applications like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. You could turn on the heat in your home or office while you’re halfway across the world.

Smart thermostats can be programmed to adjust temperature settings based on your schedule, the current weather, or the number of occupants at home. Others employ temperature and proximity sensors to determine the heating and cooling needs for different parts of the property. The self-regulation and energy-saving ability can save you close to 10% on annual heating and cooling costs.

Shift to Green Energy With 3H AC

Green HVAC systems continue to experience a surge in demand owing to their many benefits. Many people are retrofitting their homes with modernized air conditioning units to control the rising energy costs and comply with environmental regulations. Contact 3H AC to explore energy-efficient HVAC solutions that fit your property and enjoy a hassle-free installation.

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