There are many different styles of home heating system available, but for those concerned with efficiency and eco-friendliness, we recommend researching these 3 types. You may be surprised how much they save you after the initial investment.
Go Old School: Biomass
Biomass sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but in fact it’s the simplest technology out there. Heating your home with biomass just means using natural materials like wood chips, pellets, logs, and grasses. Though many think this is an inherently dirty kind of heat, similar to burning coal, biomass is actually CO2 neutral because it releases just what was absorbed during the growing process.
In addition to being low on the environmental impact scale and inexpensive in terms of upkeep, you can get a federal tax credit for using 2020 clean air qualified biomass stoves. Your stove will also need to meet a thermal efficiency rating of 75% to qualify.
Cutting Edge: Heat Pump Technology
If you currently use oil or gas to heat your home, you’re not only burning through a limited resource but also paying too much for your heat. It’s time to consider something more high tech – the heat pump. Heat pumps are a fairly new technology, so it’s important that you consult a trained HVAC contractor as not all perform heat pump installations.
How does a heat pump work? Heat pumps exchange air between the inside and outside of your home to heat or cool the space as needed. They can replace both heaters and air conditioners and cut your heating-related electric costs by half of their current total. If you live near water, there are also ground pumps that perform heat exchange with the water system instead.
According to one expert, geothermal energy systems of this source can save homeowners as much as $1500 a year depending on local costs. That’s a big chunk out of your home heating budget!
In Control: Advanced Heating Efficiency
Finally, for those interested in bringing climate control to the home, there are now HVAC engineers, like Premier HVAC Services, who specialize in a system called Autobalancing that uses a series of valves and sensors to transform traditional heating technology. These systems feature numerous valves, thermostats, and actuators that determine the heating needs of individual rooms and also rapidly respond to temperature changes within the home.
Autobalancing is a remarkable system, but not technologically for the faint of heart. Still, with it’s multiple systems and ability to respond on a room by room basis, Autobalancing heat systems can provide dramatic cost reductions by avoiding the tendency of homes to overheat spaces far from the main thermostat. Though expensive to install, you’ll reap financial benefits over time.
Are you ready to improve your home heating system? Even if you start with basic repairs to keep your home heater working smoothly and reduce energy waste, you’ll be doing the budget and the environment a big favor.