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Four Eco-Friendly Heating & Cooling Options for Eco-Responsible Residents

With the current levels of pollution and the environmental hazards of everyday home appliances, one really needs to take some time to think about the damage one is doing to the earth. Regardless, where you live, your home needs air con for heating or cooling, but whether your air conditioner is eco-friendly or not, that’s totally your choice.

After I found out about the carbon footprint our home had on the environment, I started pursuing ways to do my part to keep our earth green. I started with recycling cardboard, plastics and cans, but it wasn’t enough. I knew that a bigger change always has a bigger impact and that’s why I decided to invest in the environment by looking for a greener way to cool and heat my home. My research led me to the following four eco-friendly heating and cooling options and interestingly most of them are also easy on the pocket.

Hybrid solar air conditioners

A hybrid solar air conditioner depends on both batteries and solar power to run. So it’s hot outside when the sun shines brightly and you need to turn on your air conditioner. A Hybrid solar air conditioner utilizes the sunshine to make electricity for you and not only does it keeps your house cool, it also charges your batteries so your air conditioner can run smoothly at night too.

Getting less energy from the power plants ensures that the power plan has to generate less energy and be more environment friendly. It also saves you from paying heavy utility bills. All you need to do is to be vigilant enough that your air con is in running state and you are good to go.

Pellet stoves

This one is for heating. Pellet stoves are considered more efficient than wood stoves as they burn easily renewable resources such as sawdust and switchgrass. Not only these are easy to find, they are also economical. If you are living in a small home (about 1,500 square feet) you can easily get things done by only having a single pellet stove.

Geothermal cooling and heating systems

Geothermal cooling and heating systems utilize the naturally stable ground temperature to ensure that your home is warm in the winters and cool in the summers. Regardless the different seasons and the temperature of a specific area, the underground temperature always stays around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are using this system, you will find that one unit of electricity is able to create four units of heat.

Active solar heating systems

Active solar heating systems are for areas that get cold in winters but are still very sunny. Such air conditioners easily capture heat from the sun through a fluid that is water in most cases but in some instances non-toxic glycol is also used. The energy captured is then transferred it into your home where it is collected for later use in a storage chamber. The home is heated through radiators, central forced-air systems, radiant floor heating setups and hot water baseboards.

Eco-friendly home improvements always take a lot of consideration and planning. But if you are really serious about being a more eco-responsible resident, then the solutions offered to you in this blog can help you succeed.

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