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Embracing New HVAC Alternatives Provides Savings and Comfort

Aug 07, 2020 09:02AM ● By The Hood Magazine

By: Foley's Heating and AC

Back in the day, the cartoon Jetson family gave us a peek into what is now reality...the remote automation of your home’s cooling and heating system. Today’s technology allows for the efficient and convenient operation of your household HVAC system both onsite and remotely. The obvious advantage is the ability to more efficiently regulate your home environment from a distance.

Giving your HVAC system the opportunity to efficiently cool or heat before returning home ensures savings and a comfortable environment upon your arrival. Newer heating systems are relying on more efficient heat pumps which alternate between natural gas and electricity. They cost more to install but save the homeowner money in the long run.

These systems can be programmed to achieve the desired temperature utilizing natural gas and then go into energy saving mode. In the ever-evolving world of eco-friendly technology, air conditioning is adapting to include solar power operation and natural gas. Requiring less energy and fewer moving parts these appliances last longer and require less maintenance. Solar energy is also an efficient alternative for heating needs. Thermal energy captured by solar panels is converted into heat via a process using water and antifreeze routed through a heat exchanger.

Hot water recirculation is another advancement in HVAC technology that can greatly reduce costs and save water. Think about how much water is wasted waiting for cool tap water to warm up. With recirculation, unused water which has already been heated is released immediately when the hot water faucet is turned on, eliminating the need for reheating.

Another expanding alternative to the efficient heating and cooling of homes is using a geothermal piping system that consists of a series of underground pipes that channel water to achieve a desired temperature possible due to the consistency of underground temperatures. A compressor, fan and pump distribute the regulated air throughout the home. You know those little packets you see in some packages that are meant to keep things dry and they are labeled “inedible”? That is known as a desiccant and it is a material meant to absorb water from the air. A desiccant enhanced evaporative unit is an air-cooling system that absorbs water into a honeycomb material while a fan blows air over the cool evaporating water and then releases the cool air into the living space. These systems require minimal energy and do not rely on refrigerants.

Obviously, many of these alternative HVAC solutions are more easily attained in the construction of a new home, however there are a number of ways for older home owners to achieve more efficiency and comfort by implementing updated technology and renovations. An HVAC professional can help you discover all of the possibilities in your new or more experienced home.