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Is Home Heating Environmentally Friendly?
10 Dec
By: Climate Control

Here’s a quick look at green, energy efficient options.

HVAC service technician standing next to new furnace

When it comes to home heating, the number of green energy options has experienced significant growth over the years. From the fires we originally started during the Stone Age, technology has progressed quite far. Sure, wood burning fireplaces, oil and gas furnaces, and the like, are still in existence today. But additional eco-friendly technology is gaining traction and popularity.

Consider these green energy options for your home or business:

  1. Geothermal Heating Systems. These systems work for both heating and cooling, harnessing the stable subterranean temperature provided by the Earth, just a few feet under the surface.
  2. Radiant Heating Systems. Tubes of constantly circulating liquid are laid beneath floors and inside of walls. The liquid is heated at the source, then circulated through the tubes, transferring heat to the contact surfaces as it goes.
  3. Active Solar Heating Systems. Used in conjunction with liquid or air systems, they transfer solar heat directly to the inside of the home, or into storage, for use at a later time. They also have more traditional back-up systems in place (furnaces and boilers), providing additional heat as necessary.

So, Are Furnaces, Boilers, and Heat-Pumps Bad for the Environment?

In a word, no. However, older versions of these systems are significantly less energy efficient than the newer models of today. A furnace from twenty or thirty years ago may only be able to successfully convert 60% of the fuel it consumes into usable heat. However, today’s models have efficiencies as high as 100%. By ensuring you are maximizing your fuel utilization, your system allows you to do more with less.

Interested in finding out if your system is as energy efficient as it could be? Or maybe you want the latest and greatest in green heating? Regardless, the seasoned professionals here at Climate Control are ready to help. Contact us today, and we’ll walk you through the best green energy options for your home or business.

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