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Top Alternative Heating And Cooling Systems

by Ryan Wright

Heating and cooling systems are a crucial aspect to homely comfort, regardless of the climate you're in. So it's no wonder why more and more companies are developing new ways to efficiently control your home's temperature.  If you're in the market for a new heating and cooling system, take a look at these modern alternatives.

Heat Pumps

Perfect for moderate climates, heat pumps are a convenient alternative to standard electric heating and cooling systems. Though they still use electricity, the warmth coolness produced is not generated by electricity but simply moved from one place to another. There are 3 main types of heat pumps: air source, geothermal and absorption.

  • Air Source. The most common form of heat pumps, air sources pumps use the outside air to cool or heat your home. On hot days, air ducts push hot air outside. On cool days, heat is moved from the outside into the house. These systems can cut your heating related electricity coast by 30% to 40%.
  • Geothermal. Though more difficult and costly to install, geothermal pumps are more efficient at heating and cooling your home. Geothermal pumps work by utilizing the natural heating and cooling of the ground. These pumps are effective in most climate types because of the consistency of the earth's temperature.
  • Absorption. Absorption of gas-fired pumps heat homes by using natural gas and/or other renewable resources instead of electricity. These systems use a cycled ammonia-water solution to heat and cool your home. These systems are primarily used in larger homes or commercial buildings.

Solar Powered

When the sun is out on a cool day, you open the blinds to let in the warmth. On a hot summer day, you'll maximize shade or open the doors to allow in a breeze. Every home already makes use of passive solar energy in heating and cooling, but an active solar energy system can increase these benefits. There are two primary solar heating systems: liquid-based and air-based.

  • Liquid systems. Liquid or hydronic solar systems contain a water or non-freezing liquid, circulating throughout the home in tubes. Solar panels heat this water and the flowing liquid warms up the house.
  • Air systems. These systems use a similar heating method. Air is filtered through tubes which are heated up by solar radiation. The air is then fanned into rooms to heat them. These systems can be relatively inexpensive as you can decide the number of rooms connected to the heating structure.

Whether you're interested in rustic wood stoves or standard electric heating, there are endless options for homeowners. Contact heating and cooling companies in your area to find out which option is best for your home. To learn more, contact a company like Norris Mechanical with any questions you have.