Many people are subsidizing their bills with solar panels and other renewable energy solutions, but that’s just the beginning. With the green movement currently in full swing, more and more people are becoming more environmentally conscious. There are a variety of ways we can reduce our carbon footprint, but instituting renewable energy sources into our HVAC systems is one of the ways that make a huge impact.
Solar power is the power that’s received from the rays put out by the sun, and just like you can use it to power lights and generators, you can also use it to power HVAC systems. Most solar-powered HVAC systems use a combination of power from solar panels installed on the home or business and power from the electrical grid. Any power that’s not used from the grid can be used elsewhere, sold back to the electrical company, or used as credits against future energy costs.
Geothermal HVAC Systems
Geothermal energy is generated by the heat from the Earth, thus the name, “geothermal.” It’s a clean a sustainable source of energy, and geothermal HVAC systems can greatly reduce the cost and carbon footprint of your home. It doesn’t require you to burn any fuel or pollutants in order to use it. They way geothermal HVAC systems work is by circulating water that collects heat from the ground throughout the home when it needs to be heated. When it needs to be cooled down it removes air from the hot building.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are air conditioning units that are powered by ice. The way that ice-powered batteries work is by making ice during off-season hours, which is later used to cool the building when it gets hot. Basically, ice-powered systems create clean and renewable thermal batteries that can decrease the amount of electricity used during peak cooling periods by 95 percent for up to as many as six hours out of the day.
In today’s environmentally conscious world, reducing the impact that we have on the environment is essential to preserving it. Every reduction in the footprint lends itself to less destruction, and renewable energy solutions help us to be able to still have the luxuries that we’re used to without destroying our environment as much. If you want to figure out how you can improve your HVAC, schedule an inspection with us today!