How good is your home heating system? Does it warm up the whole house on a cold day? Does it cost more than you think it should to get enough heat in the winter? Are you thinking about switching to an alternative heating system? Do you want to upgrade to a newer heating system? I started this blog to talk about the different alternatives for heating your home. Find out when it’s time to upgrade your heating unit and when you can make modifications or repairs to your old unit to improve its efficiency or keep it going a while longer. Also, check out the pros and cons of different alternative heating options from geothermal units to pellet stoves. Your home heating answers are here!
If you are exploring your alternative residential heating solutions, then you have a lot of categories to choose from. Here are some options that can help you reduce your utility bills and your impact on the environment:
Passive Solar Solutions
There are quite a few different ways that you can use solar power to your advantage, and some of them are a lot cheaper than you might imagine.
First of all, you could set up a passive solar heating system that absorbs sunlight and conducts that heat into your home. In order to do this, you will need to have a face of your home that gets a lot of sunlight. The idea is that sunlight will hit the target area, which will then move that heat into your home. This heat will then stay in your home, increasing the temperature by a fair amount. During nighttime and days without sun, the system won't work, but it also won't bring down the temperature of your home either.
Secondly, you could try to set up a tank of water that is heated by the sun. If you want to save money, you could just have an insulated tank of water sit out in the sun, where it will gradually absorb heat. However, the temperature of that tank will fluctuate quite a bit if you have cold nights. Instead, you might want to set up a solar collector that transfers all the gathered energy to a tank that is inside your garage. In either case, this tank can then be used to supplement your supply of hot water, reducing the amount of electricity that you spend on your water heater.
You might also want to replace both your heater and air conditioner with a single appliance, which is where heat pumps come into play. These units work by redistributing heat between your home and the outside, removing heat from your home when in air conditioning mode and adding heat to your home when in heating mode.
The upside is that heat pumps are extremely efficient when you live in a temperate climate, but the downside is that they lose efficiency rapidly when it becomes too cold or hot outside.
There are also two kinds of heat pumps: air-source and geothermal. Air-source units are much cheaper to install, but they can struggle to heat your home during cold winters. Geothermal units are much more expensive to install, but are still fairly efficient during the coldest of winters.
For more information, contact a company like McLaughlin Air Conditioning Co Inc.