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3 Options To Add Renewable Energy To Your HVAC And Reduce Energy Costs

by Tara Pena

One of the costliest components of mechanical systems in a home is the HVAC. You may spend thousands of dollars trying to keep your home comfortable as the weather changes from season-to-season. If you want to reduce your energy costs, improvements to the HVAC can be a great start. You may want to consider adding renewable energy sources, such as geothermal, solar or passive climate control. If you want to make your home as energy efficient as possible, here are some options to start with renewable energy for your HVAC system:

1. Geothermal HVAC For Cooling And Heating Energy Savings

Geothermal is a renewable energy source that uses the thermal energy that is stored in the ground. It can be integrated into an HVAC system using what is called a ground loop. The ground loop has some type of liquid in it, such as water. This water is circulated below the frost level in the ground to provide the HVAC system with a consistent temperature (usually the average median temperature where you live). The loop acts as a heat exchanger and greatly reduces the energy needed to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

2. Solar Energy For Heating And Hot Water Needs All Year

Solar energy can be another improvement that you may want to consider for your home. It is also something that you can use all year. During the winter months, it can provide your home with heating, and it can also give you hot water. The hot water can be used during the summer months and be more efficient when there are more hours of sun. These systems work with thermal collectors that heat water and provide the systems in your home with thermal energy that can be used for heating your home or water.

3. Passive Climate Control To Reduce The Need For Conventional HVAC

Passive climate control is another option that you may want to consider for the air conditioning in your home. For cooling, this can be done with improved ventilation, which you may want to talk with an HVAC service about. Heating can also be passive with design, such as larger windows, all season rooms and glass enclosures that help to heat your home naturally.

These are some options that can be a great choice to start with renewable energy for your HVAC system. You can contact a heating and air conditioning contractor and talk with them about the possibilities to adapt renewable energy for your existing system. 

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