Northeast Florida has a subtropical climate, which means summers are hot and humid. To stay cool, you need a high-quality air conditioning unit from a company like Trane or Carrier. However, running an air conditioner throughout the summer results in high electricity bills and isn’t good for the environment. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy bill and heat and cool your home in an eco-friendly way, here are six green HVAC technologies you should consider installing.
Smart thermostats have been around for nearly a decade. They’ve become a popular way for homeowners to run more energy-efficient HVAC systems. Smart thermostats enable you to control your HVAC system remotely via an app on your smartphone or tablet. From the app, you can adjust the temperature from anywhere in the world. Smart thermostats also feature useful maintenance reminders and can monitor energy use. Some even "learn" your home’s habits and daily routines and automatically adjust the system to your preferred settings.
Zoned systems have two or more thermostats that let you set different temperatures in different rooms or zones. By lowering the temperature in less-used areas or switching off unoccupied zones, you’ll enjoy considerable savings on your electric bill. These days, zoned systems offer the same benefits of a smart thermostat, enabling users to manage the different zones remotely. At Northeast Florida Heating & Air, we offer home automation systems to make managing your HVAC system simple and easy.
Ice-Powered Air Conditioner
Ice-powered air conditioners offer a clever way to cool a home. They work by freezing approximately 450 gallons of water overnight. This block of ice is what the air-conditioning unit uses to cool the house the next day. You can typically get six hours of cooling, enough to get you through the hottest hours of the day. Once the ice melts, the unit’s compressor will kick in to provide cooling. Ice Bear is a popular unit that has been shown to reduce carbon emissions by up to 96 percent and cut cooling bills by 40 percent.
Solar-Powered Air Conditioner
You probably never considered using the cause of heat, i.e., the sun, to provide relief from the heat. However, that’s exactly how solar-powered air conditioning works. It uses solar panels placed on the roof to capture energy from the sun to power the air conditioner. Many of these rooftop panels contain mirrored lenses that follow the sun’s rays in order to maximize sun usage. Installing solar panels can be expensive. However, with the money saved on energy bills, these panels pay for themselves fairly quickly, and you’ll continue to enjoy low-cost air conditioning in the future.
Geothermal Heat Pump
While solar-powered energy uses the sun, geothermal energy goes underground. The system uses underground looped piping containing a mix of water and antifreeze. In winter, the fluid in this piping absorbs the heat from the earth and distributes it through the heating system. In summer, it acts as a heat sink, drawing heat out of the system and transferring it into the ground. It can also be connected to your home’s hot water, making this an excellent energy-efficient and sustainable way to meet the heating and cooling needs of your home.
DeVAP Air Conditioner
DeVAP air conditioning is still a new technology and is currently available only for commercial buildings. DeVAP stands for Desiccant-Enhanced Evaporative. It combines liquid desiccant and evaporation to cool a building. Desiccant is the drying agent often found in those little "Do Not Eat" packets in pill bottles or powered goods. The desiccant helps remove humidity from the air, and then a regenerator uses thermal heat to evaporate water out of the desiccant, thus providing cool, dry air. DeVAP systems are ideal in Northeast Florida’s humid climate.
To get through the summer season in Jacksonville and its surrounding areas, a dependable HVAC unit is essential. The last thing you want is an air conditioner that stops working in the middle of a sweltering day. If you need fast repairs or a new air conditioning unit installed, call Northeast Florida Heating & Air at (904) 783-7003. We’re on call 24 hours a day.
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