If you haven’t heard about the climate emergency we are officially under – now you know.
At the moment our world is experiencing detrimental changes, most notably the temperature change (this summer was definitely more toasty than usual). In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, multiple major HVAC companies (like Trane and Carrier) have been looking into ways to release more energy efficient products and working with suppliers to create less carbon release. This effort would greatly help overall since about 40% of the world’s carbon footprint is from commercial buildings and 40% of that is from HVAC systems. Furthermore, building operations are responsible for around 28% of greenhouse gas emissions.
But what exactly could these companies change to accomplish a net-zero carbon goal? Well, advanced technology has given us a hand with that! So the main goal is to reduce the production and release of non-renewable energy that HVACs usually release and create more sustainable technology. The following are methods in which companies are utilizing:
- Naturally powered HVAC. By using solar power (maybe we can forgive the sun for burning us this summer) as its main power source and natural gas if there is no solar energy, this HVAC can efficiently utilize the natural energy.
- Geothermal heating and cooling systems also exist (using heat from the ground) and even energy from ice in the refrigerant helps keep the AC cool.
- Hydronic heating and dual heat pump. Using water or steam from the boiler, your home is able to be heated in no time!
Newer systems typically have energy-efficient features like demand-response ventilation, smart controls, different fan speeds, etc. Smart controls will allow you to control the temperature in your home on your phone and more! Check out our article about smart thermostats.
Although replacing your entire HVAC system may seem like a hassle, it’ll help you in the long-run financially and efficiently, especially if you have an older system. Not to mention, if you have HVAC superheroes like us to install it professionally, then the process will be smooth-sailing! Give us a call at (425) 375-0521!