The Best Green HVAC Technology on the MarketBy My Service Depot on Thursday, January 16, 2020
Your business needs to keep up with the demand for green HVAC technology in order to remain competitive.
The times are changing. With CFC refrigerants heavily implicated in climate change, HVAC professionals shoulder a lot of pressure to learn about and use the best green HVAC technology on the market. Even if you’re not the type to get too worried about the environment, learning about green HVAC technology makes good business sense because many of your clients will increasingly request it as their concerns about climate change grow.
In addition to learning about the best green HVAC technology available, you can also take steps to make your entire business more eco-friendly. Take a look at this list for inspiration.
Smart thermostats give homeowners greater control over their HVAC units, improving the overall efficiency of their homes. These thermostats can also be controlled remotely via an app, so the homeowner can increase or decrease the temperature shortly before arriving home in order to allow the unit to “rest” during the day. Smart thermostats can also alert homeowners of maintenance issues so that problems can be addressed quickly.
Some HVAC systems now come with zoning capabilities, which splits the home into different areas or zones. Zones can be adjusted as needed, so if certain rooms don’t get much use, the HVAC unit doesn’t need to expend much energy keeping those areas climate controlled. This reduces wear and tear on the HVAC system while also saving the homeowner money.
MCT Solar Panels
Chromasun’s MCT solar panels allow the sun’s energy to power chillers in an HVAC unit. Over time, these solar panels can save homeowners money on their electric bills. These rooftop panels are small but capable of concentrating a lot of energy. If for whatever reason the MCT panels are unable to produce enough energy to power the unit, natural gas can kick on to keep the HVAC system running.
DeVAP stands for Desiccant Enhanced Evaporation and uses a drying agent plus an evaporative cooler to chill the air instead of a refrigerant. Not only is DeVAP technology far greener than the traditional use of CFCs, it also to uses less energy overall, anywhere from 30 to 90 percent.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Geothermal technology uses heat from inside the earth itself to keep homes warm and cozy. As a bonus, geothermal technology can also heat water for the home. This technology can even cool your home. Coils installed in the ground heat or cool a water solution that then circulates through the home. In the summer, it’s cooler underground than it is on the surface, so the home remains cooled. But in the winter, it’s actually warmer underground than on the surface, so the same technology works in all temperatures.
CFCs pack a double-punch to the environment. They deplete the ozone layer while also emitting greenhouse gases that warm the atmosphere. HCFCs, HFCs, hydrocarbons, and ammonia are CFC alternatives for HVAC units that, although not exceptionally environmentally-friendly, don’t have the same disastrous effect as CFCs because they don’t deplete the ozone. However, they still release greenhouse gases, and their use should still be limited.
Ice Powered Air Conditioner
An ice powered air conditioner reduces energy consumption by not using a compressor. Instead, a large amount of water is frozen in the unit at night. During the day, the ice cools the refrigerant and then the melted water gets recycled and frozen again at night. The ice powered air conditioner uses less energy than a traditional HVAC unit, but if it’s unable to keep a home cool during the heat of summer, a compressor does kick on to supplement the cooling process.
Homeowners can reduce their carbon footprint by minimizing the amount of time their AC units run, and that is easily accomplished with a well-insulated home. Does your company offer energy audits or provide information about insulation? Even if you don’t provide insulation services, your clients will appreciate your honesty in helping them achieve their energy efficiency goals. Even the best green HVAC technology on the market can’t keep a drafty home comfortable.
Eco-Friendly Business Operations
Do you still use old-fashioned paper to deliver estimates and receipts? Consider using HVAC apps to track your business operations and decrease the amount of paper you use. Some businesses go completely paperless, whereas others give their clients the option to have receipts emailed or printed. Using the Smart Service app also helps digitize your work orders, estimates, and other forms, ultimately saving you time by keeping things neatly organized and easy to find. You can also consider making your fleet more eco-friendly by using alternative fuels or planning your dispatch routes to save time and gas.
Marketing the fact that you’ve made an effort to be more climate conscious can work as a good selling point for your business, but it’s also important to stay on top of trends in the industry to meet client demands and stay competitive. More and more consumers want green HVAC technology. If you don’t provide it, a competitor probably will.