These days, we’re all looking for ways to save dollars and the environment.
Happily, these two goals are achievable if we reconsider one of our major expenses – the cost of heating our homes. Finding the most efficient way to heat a home will save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Check out these options to help you choose a system that’s kind to the environment and your wallet.
The first thing to consider is the climate where you live.
Do you live somewhere that requires year-round, on-demand heating? Or are your heating needs limited to just a few winter months of the year?
Also, consider zoned heating systems. The efficiency of your existing heating system may be considerably improved by warming only the areas of the house you are using at the time.
The installation and running costs of the following systems need to be considered against how much use you will actually get out of them. Cost savings with more eco-friendly systems often kick in only after you’ve run them for a while.
Solar thermal heating systems can be the most efficient way to heat a home.
They work by heating water in a fluid in specially designed panels. The heat from the liquid is then pumped to a heat exchanger in your home’s water tank. The heat from the liquid then heats up the water, completing the thermal transfer.
The resulting hot water can then be used to heat your home through either a water fed central heating system, underfloor heating, hot water baseboards or central forced-air systems.
Tax credits and grants are sometimes available through the federal government, which could make this a cost-effective option.
When deciding whether to go for this, as well as a system’s eco-friendly credentials, weigh up the initial outlay for equipment and installation against the long-term potential savings on energy bills.
Geothermal Heating Systems
Geothermal heating systems work by capitalizing on the fact that come rain or shine, the ground temperature remains cooler in summer and warmer in winter than the air temperature.
A geothermal heat pump works with this by exchanging heat with the earth. It requires an initial outlay in the installation of the ground loop system and pump, for the heat exchange.
Again, weigh up the eco credentials against the installation and long-term running costs. Government sources estimate a system life or 25 years for inside components and 50+ years for the ground loop, giving it good longevity.
As with solar systems, federal grants and incentives may be available, to make this an even more attractive option.
The Verdict — The Most Efficient Way to Heat a Home
Whether you choose to rework your existing heating system or go for a full solar or geothermal heating system, long-term your energy usage is likely to reduce.
This will help reduce consumption of fossil fuels, and reduce your bills – a win-win for you and the planet!
Whichever option you choose, the DIY option is likely to result in more costs to you than savings.
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