Building A Home? 2 Eco-Friendly Heating And Cooling Options To Consider


Building a home is a great option if you are unable to find a property with all the features and amenities you want and need. From the ability to choose a specific floor plan to picking out paint colors and types of flooring, it is easy to see the benefits of customizing your home. Unfortunately, most people do not place enough emphasis on their home's heating and cooling system. When building, you have the ability to implement innovation and efficiency into this important home system. To conserve energy, save money, and add value to your home, consider one of these eco-friendly heating and air systems for your new home.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Geothermal is definitely one of the most efficient options for heating and cooling your home because it uses the ground's natural temperature of around 50 degrees. While the temperature may fluctuate a few degrees, the ground's temperature of 50 degrees is pretty constant throughout the entire year. Of course, you may be wondering how the ground can heat and cool your home.

Geothermal systems work in the same way your refrigerator does, removing heat from the interior and transferring it outside. A home's geothermal system includes a series of underground pipes, known as the ground heat exchanger, which are connected to a heat pump.

In the summer months when you need to cool your home, the ground absorbs moisture, cools it, and transfers it into the house. In the fall and winter when you need to heat your home, the reverse occurs. The water absorbed from the ground is heated before it is moved into the home.

The use of geothermal heating and cooling uses a great deal less energy, which can save you and your household money each month. In addition, the innovative, eco-friendly, energy efficient system will add value to your new home.

Unfortunately, there is a negative associated with a geothermal system. Installing the ground heat exchanger into the ground of your home can be an overwhelming project. While you will see energy savings and added value to your home, the design and installation can be costly.

Ductless Mini-Split System

If you are hoping to conserve energy and save money on heating and cooling without the challenging installation of a geothermal system, consider a ductless mini-split system for your new home.

As the name suggests, a ductless mini-split system does not require ductwork to move conditioned air into the home. Since ductwork is responsible for a great deal of air loss and energy waste, going ductless will help you save money on your heating and cooling costs. As a matter of fact, a ductless system uses 60 percent less energy compared to standard heating systems.

During the construction of your home, heating and cooling technicians will install one outdoor unit that is connected to multiple indoor units inside your home.

Each of these indoor units are mounted to the wall or ceiling, allowing you to control temperatures in various zones. This offers a more customized approach to heating and cooling, which will conserve energy and reduce monthly costs.

Another added benefit of going ductless is the improved air quality. In traditional systems, air is not the only element moving through ductwork. During the flow of air, dirt, dust, and other allergens will also flow into the home, causing or increasing allergy systems. Since there is no ductwork with a mini split system, there is less worry of allergens flowing into your home's air.

Heating and cooling is a large expense when building your home, so it is important to choose a system that conserves energy and saves you money. To learn more about geothermal or ductless heating and cooling, contact a contractor from companies like Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc. today.


14 November 2017

Understanding Advances in HVAC Systems

When our air conditioner broke last year, I was fairly confident that we would be left trying to choose a similar system for a bunch of money. However, our friend who works as a general contractor explained that there were all kinds of neat advances in HVAC systems that might help us out. He explained that we might be able to enjoy a quieter system or one that filters our indoor air more effectively. We liked the sound of that, so we started shopping for a new system. After finding an air conditioner that was perfect for our place, we started this blog to educate other homeowners about new technology.