Keeping Your Home Cool, Clean and Green
Summer is just around the corner and you might already be feeling the heat to find the cash to pay high air conditioning bills; but keeping your home cool, lowering your bill, and benefiting the environment are possible with these different technologies.
Geothermal: When you think energy, do you usually think about harnessing the ground pressure directly under you? That’s what geothermal energy is. The ground has a plethora of hot water and steam that can be used to power your air conditioning unit. By digging into the ground and implementing a geo-exchange system you can use the energy to cool any building. You don’t just tap and go. There are pumps that take advantage of the constant temperature of geothermal wells under the ground and they transform that energy into power to keep the warm air out and the cool air in or vice versa for the winter months.
Solar: Solar energy is constant and renewable deriving from the sun and heating and cooling your home and building. Passive solar energy is designed to use nature’s principles of heat transfer with minimal mechanics. The only mechanical equipment you’ll need in your home to take advantage of this energy is a forced-air system. Active solar energy is more well-known. Solar cells are installed on roofs and sunny areas to capture the suns heat energy and focused into power to run the actual air conditioner or heater.
Air Cleaner: Keeping the air clean in your home is always important for the health of your family. Especially during allergy months leading into summer, air quality can seriously decrease. Dwyer Oil recommends Polarized- Media Electronic Air Cleaners. They are highly efficient whole-house electronic air cleaners. Particles and volatile organic compounds travel through the air conditioner and are polarized causing the pieces to meld together and get caught in the air cleaner’s screen. The panels are green and very energy efficient.
Ice: The last highly efficient, low cost air cooling system is called “Ice Energy.” It is an ice powered air conditioner that converts water to ice during the night. That ice is then used to cool the existing air conditioning unit’s refrigeration during the day. This decreases the amount of energy used in the building and keeps you cool. Win, win.
Wind: Wind energy isn’t a new concept. In fact, wind mills have been popping up all over the country in order to power entire towns. So why not power your house? Smaller wind turbines can be installed on your roof in order to harness the wind to cool your home. If you don’t mind having a big white fan on your roof, wind energy is the way to go.
Double up: No one says you have to stick with only one form of energy for your home. With solar and geothermal powers combined, you can store energy for even your cloudiest days. It can even save you money on the initial installation. Solar panels can be expensive but the offset of cheap geothermal installation and the high results of having both efficiencies can save you big bucks.
No matter what kind of green energy you install in your home, you have to take care of it. Don’t over use. Leaving your air conditioning running all day and night, even if it is solar powered, can lead to higher bills and isn’t healthy for the environment. The sun may not be running out of energy any time soon, but with habits like that you might.
When shopping around for low cost options for keeping cool, clean and green this summer, remember that the possibilities are endless.