In honor of Earth Day 2013, we are dedicating a number of this week’s posts to actions that can be taken by homeowners in an effort to make our homes more eco-friendly.
If it’s time to upgrade your home’s heating and ventilation system, this is a great opportunity to choose innovative sustainable technology. By improving the efficiency of your HVAC system, you have the ability to reduce your home’s environmental impact and reduce your utility bills. You have a number of options to choose from, including installing a high efficiency furnace, a heat pump or a geothermal system.
How do geothermal systems work?
The earth absorbs about half of the sun’s solar energy and, depending upon what geographic region you live in, maintains an almost constant temperature of 50°F to 70°F. A geothermal heating and cooling system uses an underground loop system which utilizes the earth’s constant temperature to exchange energy between your home and the earth as needed for heating and cooling.
Although the initial installation of a geothermal system can be costly, according to the experts at Allied Services Inc., “a typical Dayton home can save between $600 and $1,200 annually. That’s a savings of up to 60% over a conventional heating and cooling system.” Price of installation depends on a number of variables so you would need to do a cost-benefit analysis to find out how long it would take for your system to pay for itself. Beyond the dollar value, you should also take into consideration the intrinsic value of using a renewable resource to hear and cool your home.
There are many ways of reducing your home’s environmental footprint, and choosing renewable resources is a great start. For more information on the options that are available to you, talk to your local HVAC and geothermal heating and cooling expert or a sustainable home improvement specialist.
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