Did you know that your air and heating contractor can help you save even more energy by installing innovative and efficient equipment for heating and cooling your home? There is enough power in the air and ground to provide comfortable climate control to your home, while the energy from the sun can power your electrical appliances.
Geothermal and solar power are renewable, clean, and efficient sources of energy. They can help you reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy more cost-effective comfort throughout the year. Each of these forms of energy has several advantages, and can help you save on your utility bills.
Geothermal energy is harnessed by heat pumps, which use refrigerant in pipelines laid underground to take advantage of the steady temperatures there. Just a few feet below the surface, the Earth's temperature maintains a steady level of around 58 degrees. Heat pumps exchange energy with this area of the ground either to release heat or to absorb it, depending on the time of year.
Geothermal heat pumps can be used to both heat and cool your home. They are ideal for areas with milder summers, and can be augmented with furnaces in the winter for the absolute coldest days of the year.
Heat pumps can be more than five times as efficient as furnaces alone. While high-efficiency gas furnaces can enjoy efficiency rates of 95 percent, that still means that there is some energy wasted. Heat pumps turn five times the amount of energy they consume into climate controlling power, making them literally 500 percent efficient.
The Earth is bombarded every day with enough solar energy to power the globe many times over for a long period of time. By using solar panels, homeowners can harness this energy and use it to power their appliances.
- Photovoltaic cells, which make up solar panels, accept the light from the sun and convert it into electrical energy. Installing solar panels in your home represents an investment, and the way to cleanly harness free energy.
Greenwood Heating & Air can help you understand the further benefits of using these natural resources as sources of energy for your home. Visit us online for more information, or call us at (206) 734-3370 to make an appointment.