No one likes paying more than required for their energy bills. But several residents do shell out more on their utility bills than they must. To these people’s delight, the HVAC industry is tirelessly working on bringing more energy-efficient technologies to all homes.
Better technology may be expensive to make and procure. But, with time, the lower monthly bills would offset the initial cost. And after that, the technology would pay for itself, increasing your savings in the process. Whether it’s via new heating and cooling methods or smart technology, the HVAC space is continually innovating and improving.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Central air conditioning and heating isn’t the only way to control temperature. A heat pump, which instead of cooling or heating air by itself, moves air between a source and your house like a refrigerator. An even better alternative is a geothermal heat pump.
A geothermal heat pump uses the soil, which is a few feet under the ground, to transfer heat. This soil stays at a fairly constant temperature (50-60 degrees usually) throughout the year. During summer, heat from within your house gets transferred to the ground, with the refrigerant getting cooled by the soil. During winter, heat gets drawn into your house from the ground.
A geothermal system’s efficiency can be attributed to its native heat or cold source. Such a reliable source means less wasted energy. These systems also need minimal maintenance, which is another benefit.
A ductless or mini-split system is a temperature control method that gets rid of the duct system and the associated issues. Instead of distributing air with ducts, refrigerant gets pumped inside the air handler directly, where fans blow cooled or heated air directly to a room. As you would not be worrying anymore about hooking the handler up with the ducts, the handlers can be positioned pretty much anywhere inside a room (and kept outside rooms that do not require regular temperature control). The temperature of different rooms could be customized.
With ducts out of the picture, preventing air from getting wasted in rooms underused, and letting you customize your temperature control, ductless setups are among the most efficient cooling and heating techniques in the industry.
“HVAC load” could be produced by measuring and assessing every living space. The load determines the kind or size of HVAC system space requires. Unfortunately, several HVAC setups are installed in structures without considering their load requirements. These undersized or oversized systems, as a result, squander money and energy.
To address problems like this, Trane has devised an energy-analysis tool that can accurately ascertain the right HVAC system size for any given space. The tool is used prior to installing an HVAC setup in a new building and before replacing an original system.
The software helps engineers and architects find the correct HVAC equipment for a given space. It makes sure your cooling and heating would be efficient right from the word go. In other words, the HVAC would be fitted perfectly to your building’s requirements, ensuring minimal loss of energy.
Smart homes are all the rage. When smart home solutions are installed in your house, you offer your house the same convenience and efficiency as your smartphone brings to you. “And the smart thermostat is the flagbearer of current smart home solutions,” says John from AAA air conditioning Corpus Christi.
A smart thermostat functions like programmable thermostats. It lets you program different home temperatures during different times of the day, depending on your routine. For instance, while you are at work during spring, you need not to keep your house too cool. A programmable thermostat lets you personalize its settings so that your house gets cooled or heated like you want it to.
A smart thermostat adds several smart features, such as Wi-Fi connectivity, to the mix. The thermostat understands your preferred temperatures and habits during different periods and adjusts accordingly for highest efficiency. Several smart thermostats would send you reports on energy diagnostics that make clear where you’ve been wasting energy. You may use your smartphone to connect with your smart thermostat, also letting you adjust humidity and temperature right from your phone.
Air cleaners clean the air within your house effectively, thereby contributing to increased heating and cooling efficiency.
Dirt, dust, and several other particles get trapped in ducts and pile up around and on your system. These little particles can put a strain on your system and make your HVAC work harder to keep your house feeling comfortable. Generally, an HVAC setup is equipped with traditional filters, which let particles pass through and can get clogged easily and quickly.
Air cleaners have high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that do a better job of catching particles. The finer mesh in these filters catches efficiency-reducing and harmful particles, while still letting air to travel to the other side. Also, the air cleaner annihilates the trapped particles.
As more particles can be easily caught, air cleaners can mitigate any build-up. Moreover, even if there isn’t a drastic improvement in energy-efficiency, the improved air quality would keep several medical problems at bay, such as headaches, coughing, skin irritation, congestion, sneezing, and illness.
Besides efficient systems, the HVAC industry is also constantly working on improvements in maintenance and other associated services. While these technological improvements and innovations could lead to increased installation expenses, the money and energy they save in the long run would make it all worthwhile.