If you’re a budding eco-warrior, it may be tempting to assume that installing a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) will be bad for your overall carbon footprint. However, you’ll be happy to know that modern HVAC systems can be very energy efficient!
It all stems from being able to heat or cool your home at the right time and using the most low-energy methods possible.
There are all kinds of different HVAC systems that a qualified HVAC technician can offer you, from big industrial units that require a lot of energy to run to simple home and residential units that work with you to create better energy usage in your home.
Dial One, HVAC Midlothian specialists, install all kinds of HVAC systems and take care of all sorts of plumbing, and they have some of the most up-to-date and eco-friendly options for your system going forward. It’s worth contacting an HVAC specialist for a chat before you decide whether or not to install a system in your home.
Here are five ways your HVAC can be upgraded to make it even more planet-friendly.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
An upgrade it may be, but geothermal heat pumps have been around for many, many decades, and they are a tried and tested eco-method of heating our home.
Geothermal heat pumps work in the exact way you’d expect them to, by taking heat energy out of the earth and sending it around your home, or by taking the heat out of your home and pumping it into the earth.
It’s so clever; geothermal heat pumps can even provide you with free hot water too!
HVAC Room Zoning
If you have a room or two in your house that are rarely used, the garage or the spare bedroom, for example, it makes no sense to heat these rooms. Likewise, it makes no sense to over-heat rooms that you’re only passing through, such as the entranceway and the hallways.
By creating zones, you can control the heating or cooling in your home to keep everyone warm enough or cool enough without wasting energy.
Underfloor heating has really become popular recently, and it’s probably because it’s so sensible.
Instead of heating up one small radiator and hoping it will emit the heat across the room (albeit unevenly), underfloor heating provides an even temperature warm air where the heat can rise up and fill the room.
Thermostats aren’t just for your heating; they’re not used as part of an aircon system too!
You can upgrade your HVAC to only turn on your aircon when the temperature rises to a certain level and turn it off when the temperature has fallen enough.
Upgrades to zoning and thermostats get even easier when combined with technology. There are some HVAC systems that can integrate with smart home IoT (Internet of Things) devices to allow for smarter controls of your heating and aircon.
What this means in practice is that, although your heating is due to come on if the temperature drops, a motion sensor could sense that you’re not in the room and not turn the heating on.