Have you ever opened your utility bill and been shocked by the amount of money that you spent to keep your Suffern, NY home warm? When that happens, many of us decide to start looking into ways to reduce our energy consumption. At Design Air, Inc., we offer a comprehensive line-up of some of the most advanced green energy solutions for your home. We thought it would be helpful for our customers if we put together a short list of some of the green options that are available to heat your home in Suffern, NY.
Solar panels are an incredibly popular in Suffern, NY. They allow homeowners to harness the energy of the sun to run the electric heating system in their home. Here’s how they work:
- The photovoltaic (PV) panel – The PV panel uses a series of panels that made out of a special kind of silicone. As solar radiation strikes the solar panels, electrons are knocked off of the silicone and captured by a series of circuits. The electrons create a direct current that is then transformed into alternating current by an inverter.
While solar panels are a terrific way to provide free and unlimited electricity to your home, they are not without their drawbacks. Obviously, solar panels need sunlight. While solar systems work well during the summer, during the winter when the sun is out for shorter periods of time or when there are storm clouds, they may not work as well.
Unlike solar panels that use direct sunlight, geothermal systems take advantage of renewable energy that is stored in the ground. If you were to dig down about 10 feet into the ground, the temperature there would be around 55° F. It stays that way no matter what the temperature of the air is above ground. Geothermal systems take advantage of that consistency. Here’s how they do it:
- Ground loop – A series of coils are buried in the ground and filled with refrigerant.
- Heat pump – A heat pump inside your home circulates the fluid through the ground to absorb heat.
- Heat exchanger – The newly heated refrigerant is pumped through a heat exchanger.
- Blower – The fan in the heat pump, blows cool air from your home across the heat exchanger to heat it.
- Air Ducts – The hot air is delivered to each of your rooms through your ductwork.
Similar to solar panels, geothermal systems also have their limitations. In areas with extreme cold conditions, they occasionally need back-up heating systems.
If you are interested in reducing the amount of energy that you use to heat your home, call the green energy experts at Design Air, Inc.. We offer a complete line up of green products that can heat your home and also can heat the water in your home. Give us a call today to learn more!