We’re all becoming more conscious of our environmental impact and the need to offset the effects of climate change. So what about your HVAC system? Is there such a thing as an eco-friendly heating system, or an eco-friendly air conditioner?
The answer is yes. Modern HVAC units are designed to operate very efficiently, meaning you won’t be wasting excess energy and you won’t end up with expensive monthly energy bills. There is no one-size-fits-all HVAC solution, so the best system for you will depend on the size of your home and your energy needs. Don’t hesitate to speak with someone from our team to learn more.
Environmental Effects of AC Units and Heating Systems
Air conditioners and heating systems can negatively impact the environment in several ways, including:
- Excessive water consumption. You may not associate AC units with water consumption, but a large commercial HVAC system can account for a big part of the building’s overall water usage.
- Using energy from coal-burning power plants. Instead of harnessing the power of renewable energy, many air conditioners and heating systems require the burning of fossil fuels, which causes environmental damage.
- The refrigerant used in most air conditioners causes damage to the ozone layer.
Eco-Friendly Air Conditioners and Heating Systems
So, how are air conditioners and heating systems built to be more eco-friendly?
Newer, modern AC units don’t use harmful refrigerants to cool the air that gets circulated into your home. Also, they can sense when there aren’t any people at home, or in a particular room, and switch into a low-power consumption mode so the unit isn’t pumping unnecessarily. Eco-friendly air conditioners use two-stage compressors to remove heated vapors from the air, and they use temperature to dictate how hard to work to avoid wasting energy.
There are several choices when it comes to eco-friendly heating systems, including ground source heat pumps, solar panels, and high-efficiency boilers. You can also draft-proof your home, insulate your walls, and replace old doors and windows to keep your home properly insulated during the cold winter months.