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HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) is a fundamental component in any space, large or small. It is the largest consumer of energy in a building envelope and is responsible for managing temperature and air quality

As much as half of the energy used in your home and work spaces goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills and your comfort.

Why you should consider HVAC in your environmental footprint?
According to Energy Star.gov, the energy used in the average house is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car.

Furnaces:
Furnaces are the most commonly used heating system in the United States. More efficient furnaces are called “condensing” furnaces. While conventional natural gas furnaces have efficiencies (AFUE, the “Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency”) that top out at about 80 percent, condensing furnaces start at 90 percent and go up to 96 percent or better. The difference is simple: burning natural gas (or propane) forms water vapor, CO2, and minor amounts of contaminants. Conventional furnaces waste energy to keep the water vapor formed in combustion as steam, and prevent contaminants from corroding the furnace (or boiler). Condensing furnaces are designed to capture the latent heat that is released when the steam condenses. The small amount that condenses drains to a sanitary sewer.

Boilers:
A boilers heat works by burning fuel to heat water or steam that circulates through radiators, baseboards, or radiant floor systems. Several recent features have improved boiler efficiency: electronic ignition, which eliminates the need to have the pilot light burning all the time, and technologies that extract more heat from the same amount of fuel.

Heat Pumps
Heat pumps provide both heating and cooling in one integrated system.

With the advent of zoning, combination humidity systems and dynamic air handling, HVAC has joined the march toward greater returns with a smaller carbon footprint.

  • Better air conditioning effects
  • Energy savings of up to 15-20%
  • Even conditioning.

Electric Air-Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs).
ASHPs, often used in moderate climates, use the difference between outdoor and indoor air temperatures to cool and heat. They also provide a higher Heating and Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF), which measures the heating efficiency of the heat pump

Geothermal Heat Pump
GHPs are similar to air source heat pumps, but use the ground instead of outside air to provide heating, cooling, and often water heating. By using the earth's natural heat, they are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available. The heat extracted through a geothermal heat pump can come from any source, despite the temperature.
 
Ventilation energy recovery
Energy recovery systems sometimes utilize heat recovery ventilation or energy recovery ventilation systems that employ heat exchangers or enthalpy wheels to recover sensible or latent heat from exhausted air. This is done by transfer of energy to the incoming outside fresh air.

Central Air Conditioners
Most central air conditioners are called “split-systems” because they have an outdoor component with a condenser and compressor and an indoor component with an evaporator coil. ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioners have higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings than today’s standard models. SEER is the most commonly used measurement of efficiency for air conditioners. It measures how efficiently a cooling system will operate over an entire season. EER measures how efficiently a cooling system will operate when the outdoor temperature is at a specific level (95 degrees F).

Our HVAC experts will assist you with the perfect solution for your space as well as additional tips to help keep your HVAC units running at their optimum performance while providing the most return on investment. -click here-

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