Thanks to improved technology, it is possible to employ eco-friendly HVAC systems at home without sacrificing year-round comfort. You can even use eco-friendly or green HVAC practices without making changes to your heating and cooling systems!
What Is Eco-Friendly HVAC?
An eco-friendly HVAC system heats, cools, and ventilates a home with as little impact on the environment as possible. Eco-friendly or green HVAC is vitally important as the energy needed to run furnaces, air conditioners, and residential ventilation systems create a tremendous amount of pollution.
An eco-friendly HVAC system reduces this energy consumption and resultant pollution. Many green HVAC systems even help cleanse the air for a healthier outside environment. Note how this is possible and some suggestions for eco-friendly HVAC systems and options for your home.
An Eco-Friendly Heating and Cooling System
One of the most eco-friendly or green HVAC systems is a geothermal system. A geothermal HVAC pulls cool and warm air from outside a home and circulates it inside. Many geothermal systems are installed underground, pulling cool air from under the soil so that it doesn’t need additional cooling during summer months.
During winter months, the geothermal system pulls warm air from a heat sink or underground area that traps hot air. This air is circulated through the home rather than air heated through a furnace. Geothermal systems use far less energy than standard furnaces and central air conditioners, as the air circulated into the home is already heated or cooled!
How to Cool a House With Eco-Friendly Practices
Installing a geothermal system might be out of the reach financially for many homeowners, so consider some simple tips for keeping your house cool with eco-friendly practices:
· Add window film during summer months. Tinted and reflective film blocks sunlight and heat from entering the home.
· Plant shade trees around the home and especially along the walls that get the most sunlight.
· Consider your use of the kitchen. Use small appliances such as a rotisserie or crock pot rather than the oven. Cook outdoors when you can, to keep heat from building up indoors.
· Shut the curtains and blinds during the day. If you prefer a bright interior environment, invest in quality shades that diffuse light and reduce heat while still keeping your house bright and welcoming.
· Leave an open bowl of ice in various rooms. As the ice melts it helps to keep surrounding air cool and comfortable.
How to Heat a House with Green Practices
Heating a home without using an abundance of power is a challenge, but you can keep your home’s interior warmer by investing in thick wool or cotton curtains. Ensure those window treatments are large enough to cover a window and the surrounding frame, where cold air typically enters.
You might also consider using small space heaters and reducing the use of the furnace and especially when you’re in one room of the home. When you settle down in the living room to watch a movie, turn down the thermostat and turn on a space heater. You’ll use less energy while still staying comfortable.