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Sustainable Heating And Cooling Ideas That Can Be Incorporated Into Your Home’s Design

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Design & Trends, Eco-Living, Features, Variety

All homeowners know just how expensive heating and cooling the home can get — roughly $1,856 is spent on home energy bills per U.S. household every year, with at least half this amount going toward heating and air conditioning. It’s no surprise, then, that homeowners are looking for more affordable and environmentally-friendly options. In particular, geothermal technology and active and passive solar heating and cooling can provide both financial and sustainable benefits, and can be included in a home’s design from the outset. 

Geothermal technology

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are currently popular sustainable home design options, Mangum Builders reveals. This technology can be used for either heating or cooling alone or for both together, as well as supplying hot water. It works to keep the home cool in a similar way to regular air conditioning. Instead of simply expelling the heat outdoors, however, geothermal systems store it roughly 30 feet under the house. The earth is an effective insulator that maintains the heat’s temperature throughout the year. Once the colder weather hits, the heat warms the home. Geothermal technology can slash energy bills by up to 65% compared to traditional HVAC units. 

Sustainable Heating And Cooling Ideas That Can Be Incorporated Into Your Home's Design
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Active solar heating

Active solar heating systems capture heat from the sun via the use of a particular fluid (most typically, water or non-toxic glycol) or sometimes air. This captured heat is then transferred to the home or a storage chamber where it’s kept for future use. Active solar heating can be used to power central forced-air systems, radiators, underfloor heating systems, and baseboard heaters. If you live in a cold climate with ample sun, this kind of system can be very cost effective — especially when compared to the use of electricity, oil and propane for heating. 

Passive solar heating 

An alternative to active solar heating, passive solar heating doesn’t initially involve any type of complex mechanical system. Instead, heat is simply collected from the sun through the windows, walls and floors in the home. To use the heat or cooled air, however, a mechanical system is then used. If you want a cooler home, you can convert your roof into a cool roof — this design will reflect rather than absorb heat during warm weather, so it’s easier to keep your home a cool and pleasant temperature.  

Sustainable systems are the way forward for homeowners looking to save money and the environment. Geothermal and active and passive solar systems are some of the best ways to implement eco-friendly heating and cooling in your home. These features can be added to your existing home, or they can be built into the design so that they’re in place from the very beginning of a building’s life.

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