The majority of homes here in the U.S. use air conditioners or heaters to cool or warm up their place. Depending on where you live, you might need either one or both. But regardless of if you own an air conditioner or a heater, these technologies are the biggest energy consumers in our homes. According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling can account for 51 to 70% of our total energy consumption. That is a significant amount of energy used by only two parts of our homes.
The Lack of Awareness
Luckily, there are new green HVAC technologies that can help cut down the cost of cooling and heating. But the question is, why are people not more aware of them? The problem with green technologies is that they have a reputation of being expensive and hard to find, even if they’re very much available. While they may cost more upfront, the long-term savings you can get with green HVAC technologies are worth the investment. Another reason why people don’t know more about them is because of a lack of education available on these products. For these green technologies to make a buzz, businesses in the industry must reevaluate their HVAC marketing techniques and initiate a campaign to create a push for them. It won’t be hard to convince homeowners, organizations, companies, or retail stores to make the switch since green HVAC products have many benefits for those that decide to use them.
Here are some of the many benefits of green HVAC technologies.
Many new green HVAC technologies give you more control over how much energy your HVAC system uses. These could range from additional sensors to advanced tech capabilities. Here are some examples:
HVAC systems with zonal control features allow you to create cooling and heating zones that function independently. That means if you only need to cool a room or two instead of the whole building, you can turn on the HVAC in those two zones only. It eliminates unnecessary power consumption and costs that you would incur in HVAC systems without zonal control. And thus, making it significantly more efficient.
Many green HVAC products incorporate smart technologies. The most common one is smart thermostats. With them, you can set instructions for your HVAC system to follow. The feature allows your system to cool or heat a room if it reaches a specific temperature. For example, if you want a room to maintain a temperature that ranges between 22 and 26 degrees, you can tell the HVAC system to heat the room if it goes below 22 degrees or to cool the room if it goes above 26 degrees. It’s another green technology that gives you control and saves you more money by making your HVAC more energy efficient by cooling and heating rooms only when necessary.
An HVAC economizer is a great way to cut down on cooling costs. It does this by observing if the outdoor air is significantly colder than the indoor air. If it deems that the air is sufficiently cool enough, it can use that to cool your rooms. By using the naturally occurring cold air outside to cool spaces, your HVAC system won’t need to produce cool air on its own. That means it doesn’t require energy-consuming mechanical parts to generate cool air. That feature alone can save up to 75% of energy costs on mechanical cooling.
Cool and Icy
One of the newest green HVAC technologies is ice-generating systems. These cool air while saving on energy costs by freezing significant amounts of water into ice at night or when they’re not in use and using that to cool the refrigerant during the hottest part of the day. That way, instead of using an energy-consuming compressor to cool the refrigerant, they can passively cool it with the ice it’s built up during the night before. Green HVAC systems with ice generating capabilities consume less power and tend to last longer since it’s not over-reliant on energy-consuming mechanical parts.
The pedigree and sophistication of these technologies show why it’s worth it to make the switch to green HVAC technologies. The amount of savings that you can take advantage of through them is undeniable. These technologies are easy to understand. Most of them work with the premise of lessening or eliminating the time needed by mechanical parts in the HVAC system to operate to produce cold or hot air to cool or heat the air in a room or any indoor space. As we’ve mentioned, the upfront cost usually turns off people from investing in green HVAC technologies, but that’s only because of the lack of informative and easy-to-understand resources available about them. The fact is, these newer green HVAC systems can cut down on operating costs and energy consumption by a staggering amount. If more people knew, it would be easier to make the switch.