A heating system makes up over 20 percent of the energy consumed in every American home. This has over the years been addressed with creating more machines that not only benefits the consumer but the environment as well.
Several improvements have been made to diminish the environmental effects of heating systems which includes discharge connected to the old and wasteful boilers that relies on oil to run and natural gas heating systems to maintain the warmness and coziness of the home.
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Eco Friendly Heating
Eco-friendly heating may have been left behind with regards to technological advancement as compared to air-conditioning systems; it has slowly and surely risen in terms of its development over the previous few years and it continues to grow year on year. Take this recent project from Ecuador, for example:
The picture of a roaring fireplace on a cold night is appealing. This method is inexpensive and more enjoyable than running a boiler but unfortunately it contributes to the continuous pollution of the air with the smoke that it emits.
The use of smart fireplaces has been on the rise. They are popular in the market because it’s low-emitting, a definite alternative ecologically speaking, and it also runs on clean and reusable gas, liquid bio-ethanol. It does not need any gas or electricity to run the device.
It also comes in an assortment of models from movable fire furniture pieces to those units which can be inserted into the grates of the fireplace, all of them are lustrous, and are up to the job of making the room warm.
The only downside to this method is that it only functions in a limited area, unlike the regular heating system or boiler that can serve to deliver the requirements of the entire house’s heating needs.
Geothermal systems are also slowly getting acknowledged among eco-friendly heating users. While not boasting to be a new
machinery, it harnesses the power of geothermal energy to warm the home and has become more and more popular and is proving to be super efficient even though it’s a bit expensive and has a more complex set-up process. The homes that are being heated by geothermal energy normally have heat pumps underneath the ground where the source of heat is at uses the stable underground temperature of the ground to heat the home.
Another popular eco-friendly heating system is radiant heating. It involves circulating the warm air in the room in a process of low space heating that most widely uses a hydronic system of tubing process that are installed beneath the floor or inside the walls of the house and heated by conventional boilers or solar powered water heaters. Basically, this system warms the fixtures and the inhabitants of the room, and not the air that circulates in it.
A Heater-less Home?
The future is right now especially when it comes to the environment and how people live their lives. Embracing a resource-friendly heating lifestyle provides this opportunity. Minor adjustments in personal heating ways will reduce heating charges and will help in the enhancement of the environmental quality of the earth. Here are 10 ways in which you can help, today:
1. Lower the Thermostat – Reducing the temperature of the home is not such a bid deal. You probably won’t notice it and if you do you will not die…If it’s winter outside, walking around in shorts and a vest indoors seems a little extreme. You should be wearing a jumper and warm clothes and not expect it to be like the tropics all year round.
2. Programmable Thermostat – A lot of homes that have an eco-friendly heating system do not really use their heating systems during the day time. Setting the thermostat to adjust to their personal preferences have been proven to save almost 15% annually on heating charges.
3. Maintaining Air Filters – The regular use of heating systems can congest the air filters and they will get dirty with dust and other particles in the air and could potentially block the flow of the air in and around the house. Doing scheduled checks on these filters will help in reducing the energy used and aid in cutting back on electricity bills.
4. Cleaning out the Vents – The location of the vents of the eco-friendly heating system is important to resourcefully use the heat at home. When vents are blocked by fixtures, paintings, drapes, and other household fixtures, the heating system will need more energy to function better in making and keeping the house warm. A few minor changes in interior design of the house can be a big help in making it function more efficiently.
5. Eliminate Cracks – Put in the effort in finding small openings in the house and caulk those to ensure that there won’t heat going through these openings. Not only will it keep the warm air inside the house but also prevent the creeping coldness of the breeze from outside.
6. Do not use Weather Stripping Materials – Household fixtures that do not have this material, which can be moved around the house, will help in keeping the freezing temperatures out of the house but also keeping the heat trapped like it should be.
7. Double Pane Windows – These windows are more successful in keeping the warm air circulating around the house compared to single-pane windows which are common with old home designs. The gap between the two panels of windows operates as a shield between flow of outdoor and indoor air and further pads the home for extra warmth. The guys over at Home Heating Guide state that up to 18% of all heat is lost through the windows.
8. Insulate Every Space – Insulation does not need to be expensive. Affordable materials that can be used for insulation can be bought at hardware stores. A lot of eco-friendly heating materials for insulation also exist that utilize a lot of organic products.
9. Low Bathroom Appliances – Setting up low faucets and shower heads helps in minimizing the cost of heating bills. Since, they’re not placed at high locations in the bathroom, the heat does not need to travel far and will pump less energy for it do so.
10. Use a Pellet Stove – Pellet stoves are an environmentally friendly way to warm homes as it is fueled by condensed wood and recycled waste. The firewood is considered a clean energy and discharges very low levels of CO2.
Eco Friendly is Real
An eco-friendly heating system is not hard to achieve. Some would say that it will be more perfect and more common in the future, but why wait when the tips above can help in bringing that future here and now. Check also CBS.com’s report on the topic to further provide details with materials and stores that offer eco-friendly heating systems.