How to Go Green With Your HVAC System
Orlando is steadily making efforts to become one of the ‘greenest cities in America.’ City-wide initiatives have included protecting the area’s parks and wildlife, planting more trees in neighborhoods, and motivating residents to become environmental volunteers.
But what can you do on a day-to-day basis to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle?
One solution is to switch to renewable energy sources to power your HVAC. Orlando residents have several options when it comes to going green with their heating and cooling systems. Here are three interesting ways you can harness the power of natural energy and decrease your utility costs without giving up indoor comfort.
Solar-powered HVAC systems
Heat doesn’t have to be the enemy anymore! In fact, it can actually help us run our HVAC--Orlando homeowners can take advantage of the virtually 365 days of sunshine to supply energy to their air conditioners.
For example, Lennox’s SunSource® Home Energy System allows you to integrate a solar-ready Lennox air conditioner with your home’s solar panels.
How does this work?
The solar panels usually seen on roofs feature photovoltaic cells that work to convert sunlight into electricity (the photovoltaic effect). Once the sun’s energy is absorbed by the panels, that energy is then dispatched to the solar-ready air conditioning system installed by a Lennox Preferred Contractor. Any remaining energy not used by your HVAC system is directed to other electronics and appliances in your home (lamps, clocks, microwaves, etc.).
Geothermal Heating & Cooling
Another popular eco-conscious HVAC solution is using geothermal heat pumps. Geothermal power proves attractive across generations: millennials appreciate its sustainable features while baby boomers are drawn in by the potential for huge energy savings.
Geothermal systems pull energy from beneath the ground, which maintains a consistent temperature of 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. During winter, the geothermal heat pump feeds heat from the ground into the home; in the summer, the heat pump transfers the heat back out of the house and returns it underground. Geothermal heat pumps can also serve as a water heater in addition to space heating and cooling.
The biggest obstacle to incorporating geothermal technology into more homes is the high initial cost. While there is an opportunity to enjoy a high return on investment, the upfront cost of installing a geothermal system precludes a more mainstream adoption.
Ice-powered Air Conditioners
Ice power is clean, doesn’t compromise comfort, and is able to replace the need for a traditional air conditioning system.
An innovative company has figured out a way to convert ice into energy. Ice Energy produces cooling equipment--called Ice Bears--that can be integrated with your existing HVAC. Orlando homes and buildings with either ductless mini-split air conditioners or central air systems are able to benefit from this technology.
How does an ice-powered air conditioner work?
The Ice Bear creates and stores ice during low-peak hours. When temperatures rise and demand for cooling increases, the Ice Bear turns off the compressor and cools your home using the previously-created ice for up to four hours per day. According to Ice Energy, this allows homeowners to slash energy bills by up to 40%.
Looking for reliable AC companies in Orlando to help you install your new HVAC system? Whether or not you decide to go green, 4 Seasons Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. is prepared to help you choose and install the right equipment for your needs.Call 407-295-9231 to get started!