There is a limitless amount of energy available for us to make the most of on earth, so much so that businesses and homeowners alike are having greener technology installed as a means of heating and cooling their homes.
A worldwide responsibility has been recognised in recent years, which is drastically cutting down on the emittance of greenhouse gases to protect the earth’s atmosphere and prevent global warming.
What’s more, adopting any green form of technology means greater efficiency and cheaper energy bills for the homeowner. Here are the top five heating and cooling technologies you can use to gain all these benefits, according to UK energy company BSW.
If you were to dig deep into the surface of the planet, you would come across a limitless supply of hot water and steam, with the temperatures rising the further down you go. However, you don’t have to dig too far to get the numerous benefits of this endless source of heating and cooling.
The temperature of the water just a few feet below the surface remains constant throughout the year depending on where you live. Geothermal systems use the energy found beneath the surface to heat and cool almost any kind of building, from industrial warehouses to domestic homes.
Instead of tapping directly into the heat found inside the Earth, geothermal homes utilise heat pumps that excavate the constant temperature from underground geothermal wells.
The heat pumps recycle the heat that is extracted to ensure homes can be either cooled or heated depending on the season. The fluid found in the geothermal heat pumps absorb the Earth’s heat and warms the air. The pumps work in reverse during the summer, cooling the air instead.
Active Solar Power
Solar panels are a common fixture on many domestic properties nowadays as they contain photovoltaic materials capable of converting absorbed sunlight into electricity that heats, cools and lights the home.
Solar panels have been used for a wide range of purposes over the years, from powering calculators to space ships. However, the panels available today are no so efficient and convert only 10 per cent of sunlight into energy.
Installing solar panels for your home can also be a tad expensive. They usually cost thousands to install and that can take between 10 and 15 years to recoup on energy bills. However, there are tax rebates and incentives alongside using solar panels that minimise the impact of installing active solar energy systems.
There are cheaper alternatives to solar panels available that also use solar energy for heating purposes. Liquid, water or air absorbs the sun’s energy through a collector which then transfers heat directly to the home or a storage system.
Wooden fires are an appealing method of heating the home for many different reasons, whether it’s the warming atmosphere created by domestic wooden fires or the considerable heat that is generated during the winter. Wood is one of many energy sources included under Biomass, which is another name for renewable, natural energy.
Biomass is a sustainable form of energy that is cheaper than natural gases, oil and propane. The modern large-scale biomass systems burns clean, emitting minimal pollutants.
Biomass also produces far less carbon dioxide compared to fossil fuels. When biomass burns, it releases the same amount of carbon dioxide as a plant would at the end of its life.
You could potentially save thousands from using biomass to heat and cool your home. For this reason, there are countless homes, commercial buildings, schools and offices taking full advantage of biomass over other heating and cooling technologies.
Ice-Powered Air Conditioners
We use ice to make our drinks pleasantly cold on a warm summer’s day and add bite to the odd spirit but could it potentially be one of our most underrated green heating and cooling resources? Ice Energy is a company that has developed a water-to-ice conversion method to run air-conditioning units.
A huge amount of power is used when we turn on our air conditioners during the summer. The ice-powered air conditioners in question create ice overnight and use it to cool existing air conditioners during the day. This drastically decreases the amount of electricity used when turning on an air conditioner.
Wind is capable of generating power in huge numbers and it’s also capable of heating and cooling our homes. Before you start coming up with garden construction plans for the installation of a turbine, consider the pint-sized wind-generated water heater created by Oregon State University students in the US.
This miniature wind turbine is entirely sustainable and can be installed on a rooftop to make the most of windy conditions. Ultimately, this wind turbine requires wind as much as the largest turbines, so it’s vital that you install one somewhere where the wind blows.
A number of magnets rotate when there is a sufficient amount of wind, which in turn heats an adjacent copper plate through magnetic resistance. The magnets continue to warm the copper as water is pumped through copper tubing on the back of the plate.
This prototype could not only provide a home with hot water but enough hot water to use as source of heating.
Thank you for reading, I hope I’ve inspired you to check out some of the greener ways to heat and cool your home.