As climate change threatens the earth, we need new ways of reducing our carbon footprint. Heating and cooling our homes accounts for 20% of American’s greenhouse gas emissions!
One of the best ways of reducing your carbon footprint is through low-carbon heating options. When it comes to heating a home, look for energy-efficient furnace options and green homes with heating alternatives.
Here are some tips for heating a home with the environment in mind.
Replacing Inefficient Heating Systems
Is your traditional heating system more than 15 years old? Even if your system still has a few years of life left, replacing it now translates into a more efficient way of heating your home. This also reduces your energy costs in the long run.
Even if you don’t opt for the most efficient way to heat a home, you’ll still do better than you did with an outdated system. Look for Energy-Star rated heating systems. If possible, choose one of the more sustainable home-heating options below.
Pellet Stoves are a green, low-cost option for heating a home. Pellet Stoves are like wood stoves but they burn pellets made from renewable sources such as sawdust and switchgrass.
The great thing about pellet stoves is they’re affordable and eco-conscious. The emissions from pellets are small compared to traditional wood stoves. One pellet stove heats up to 1,500 square feet of home space.
An added plus? No need to chop and store tons of wood!
Geothermal Home Heating
Geothermal heating is another great option for home heating since it’s effective and efficient. There’s no need to worry about running out of energy because the supply is limitless.
Why? Because geothermal heating uses the earth’s heat. As you dig down into the earth, the planet gets hot. It’s not necessary to dig deep to make use of geothermal heating.
The temperature of the water only a few feet below ground stays constant between about 40-80 degrees Fahrenheit. A geothermal pump uses the water to heat and cool your home, so it works in both the winter and summer.
Geothermal pump heating systems are expensive upfront but pay for themselves in less than eight years. They also reduce your regular utility bills. Geothermal home heating can also increase the price of your home if you choose to sell it.
Solar Heating System
Solar heating is energy efficient and green. It comes with an initial investment but reduces your carbon emissions and your costs down the line.
If you’re switching from a forced-air furnace heating system to a solar system, you can opt for a solar air heating system. This type of solar heating system heats the air so it takes advantage of your existing duct system.
Do you have a radiant heating system? Opt for a solar liquid heating system. Solar liquid heating systems heat liquid in a collector.
Eco-Conscious Choices for Heating a Home
When it comes to heating a home, you have lots of choices, and some of them are eco-friendly and efficient. Is it time to replace your outdated home furnace? Make an eco-conscious choice for your new system!
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