3 Advances In Home Heating And Cooling

This isn't the 1980s, anymore. Gone are bulky, expensive-to-operate air conditioning units that required constant repair or costly replacement. These days when it comes to HVAC systems, energy efficiency and max value for your money rule the roost. There are all kinds of new and exciting technologies that allow you more freedom and control over your HVAC system, and your wallet, than ever before. Here are 3 such technologies and advances in heating and air conditioning that are making headway.

Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems

Uber popular in Japan and Europe, these units operate as efficiently and quietly as anything else on the market. Variable refrigerant flow systems work by connecting an outside unit to smaller units placed inside different rooms in the home. The outside unit pumps refrigerant through piping to the individual units, where either hot or cold air is emitted. This type of system requires no ducts to effectively heat or cool rooms.

One of the main reasons these have grown in popularity is their unique ability to control the temperature in each available section of a building, otherwise known as zoning controls. Each room that contains a unit also contains its own thermostat, allowing varying rooms to exist at varying temperatures.

Available in either 2 pipe or 3 pipe installations, VRF systems are an attractive option for families and businesses alike. Last but not least they are simple and easy to maintain, most of the time only requiring simple filter replacement or coil cleaning yearly to maintain their efficiency.

Programmable Thermostats

Put simply, if you live in a modern home, you need a programmable thermostat. It's not just energy and utility companies that are marketing these pretty hard, the tech community has jumped on board with innovative and intuitive technologies. So what's all the commotion about, over a thermostat no less? Simply put, programmable thermostats first and foremost put money back into your pocket. By allowing scheduling, and in some cases remote management and live temperature readings, programmable thermostats are more than just a fancy light up clock that makes your home cool; they allow you to efficiently manage your energy usage to your exact specification throughout the day. If you currently live in a home without one and have the ability to install a newer programmable thermostat, you're throwing money away. If you're considering installation, check with a local HVAC company to see if they offer discounts or rebates.

Geothermal Systems

Not many people know about the Geothermal options that are available, yet such HVAC systems have existed and have been in use for more than 60 years. Geothermal systems work by using the earth in your favor. They work by moving air from the building you are in through a system of pipes underground, where the air is then processed and heated without burning any fossil fuels, and then transferred back indoors. The heat of the earth naturally warms the air running through the pipes underground.  Geothermal systems are incredibly cost effective, as a properly set up Geothermal loop installation can last for generations. Usually the only parts you have to worry about replacing are things like fans and pumps, which are housed indoors and not exposed to harsh weather conditions and do not need to be replaced often.

If you are in the market for new heating and cooling options for your home, or just are seeking a small upgrade for something like a thermostat, be sure to ask your professional HVAC contractor about these emerging popular and efficient systems. Don't think that you have to stick to regular heating and cooling methods when exciting new heating and air conditioning installation options are also widely available!