You must have heard the term “Green HVAC” quite frequently these days, as the technology has become quite popular. To put it in a nutshell, this concept indicates HVAC systems that are smaller, less complex, energy saving and more economical in terms of price.
Here are some reasons to switch to Green HVAC systems:
R22 in air conditioners
The R22 was once standard in air conditioning and heat pump systems, but the U.S. EPA is all set to phase out the use of this ozone-depleting refrigerant. R22 will become illegal to manufacture or import in the U.S. from 1st January 2020, with new air conditioners using more environment-friendly alternatives. Buying new green air conditioning technology today prepares you for the phase out, while this technology runs more efficiently.
Custom heating and cooling in multiple zones
For the ultimate in heating and cooling zones, consider a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system. This green HVAC technology uses multiple small air handlers that can be individually controlled but are all part of a single system. The main system’s VRF detects each zone’s requirements and controls the amount of refrigerant flowing to each air handler. VRF can deliver heating and cooling simultaneously. The unit provides the perfect amount of cooling for the current conditions in smaller zones, while capturing heat from the cooling process and redirecting to areas that may need it.
Between solar farms and rooftop-mounted systems, solar energy is probably the most familiar green HVAC technology. The solar panels contain photovoltaic materials for converting ordinary sunlight into electricity that can be used for heating, cooling, and lighting. While solar energy systems can be expensive to install, there are tax rebates and other incentives to help reduce the cost. In addition, there are less expensive systems that use a liquid or air to absorb the sun’s energy and transfer the heat to a building or storage system for later use.
AC on ice
As is evident from the name, it is an ice-powered air conditioner that not only cools the air, but reduces energy consumption too. The concept is simple – the unit freezes a large amount of water at night and turns it into ice. During the hottest part of the day, this AC uses the ice instead of a compressor, to cool the unit’s refrigerant. Energy consumption is reduced, and when the ice melts, regular AC system kicks in while the water is re-circulated to be frozen overnight and reused the next day.
With sophisticated Green HVAC technology, you can save energy and lower bills at the same time, while protecting the environment.