Homeowners are more keen than ever to use environmentally-safe practices in their homes. The heating and cooling of a home accounts for a large percentage of a home’s energy use. For this reason, some homeowners utilize green HVAC technology as a way to not only save money on expenses, but to help the environment as well.
Here are some things you should know if you want to consider an environmentally friendly HVAC system.
R22 HVAC Systems are Phasing Out
R22 was once the standard in refrigerant options for HVAC systems and heat pumps. However, R22 is currently being phased out of all HVAC systems, with the effective date of January 1, 2020. This is largely due in part to the high toxicity of the substance. Under the new law, R22 is illegal to import or manufacture in the United States.
Any new air conditioners now have to use R410A, which is a more environmentally friendly refrigerant. If you still have an R22 HVAC system after the phase out, you will not only have trouble with HVAC service calls, but your repair or maintenance bill will likely be more expensive.
Now is an ideal time to consider an upgrade from your R22 HVAC system. A new HVAC that uses more green refrigerant is not only better for the environment, but also will result in a more efficient cooling system.
You Have Access to Innovative Green Enhancement Options
Thanks to green HVAC technology, homeowners have more options than ever when it comes to enhancements. A smart thermostat allows you to control your HVAC system from anywhere at any time. You control your thermostat through an app on your phone or another device. A smart thermostat helps you keep better control of your HVAC system when you are away from home.
Another enhancement is a zoned HVAC system. This system allows you to divide your home into different areas which you can heat or cool to your specifications. You can keep your occupied rooms comfortable while adjusting the settings for unoccupied areas to help reduce your home’s energy use.
You also have the option of an HVAC economizer. This technology draws in cooler air from outside to your indoor space to help cool your air using the environment. An HVAC economizer prevents the need to constantly run the air conditioner, reducing your home’s energy usage.
You Can Utilize Solar Energy for Your HVAC System
Solar energy is a highly recognizable form of green technology. Solar panels installed on your home help convert sunlight into energy. With new HVAC technology, you can now install a system which can be powered by the sun almost exclusively. Although a solar power system is an investment, you can save money over time. You also may receive monetary incentives for the installation.
You Can Opt for Geothermal Energy
Geothermal energy uses the constant temperatures underground to both heat and cool a building. Your HVAC technician installs a geothermal heat pump and underground piping. The piping contains either refrigerant or water. When the weather is cold, the fluid inside the pipes absorbs the heat from the ground and moves inside to heat your home.
During warm weather, the fluid collects the hot air inside the home and sends it outside. Although a geothermal pump needs electricity, the system is much more energy efficient than a traditional HVAC system.
These are only a few of the green HVAC options to consider. For more information, or if you have any HVAC questions, please contact us at Lakeside Heating and Air Conditioning. We are happy to help you select the best system for your needs.