Conventional heating systems powered by fossil fuels create emissions that are destructive to the environment. Greener options exist that cut down on those harmful gases and are friendlier to your wallet, too. Here’s a look at some of those alternatives.

 

Geothermal Heating Pumps

 

According to the Department of Energy, the most environmentally friendly method of heating a home or place of business involves using a geothermal heating pump. These pumps have two components: a heat exchange unit that functions like a conventional heat pump and a set of pipes buried four to six feet underground that harvest the earth’s heat. The heat exchange unit depends upon electricity to operate.

Since geothermal heat pumps don’t rely upon fossil fuels, they produce relatively few greenhouse gases. They’re also much less costly to operate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that homeowners may save between 30 and 70% on heating bills with a geothermal pump.

 

Pellet Stoves

 

Pellet stoves burn fuel made from compressed wood that’s been recycled. Pellet stoves are basically a highly efficient type of wood stove. While 40 to 50% of the heat generated by a traditional wood-burning stove dissipates up the chimney, though, only 10% of the heat generated by a pellet stove is lost.

Pellet stoves are equipped with blower components that function as an active smoke extraction system. The cost of the pellets necessary to heat a 1,500-square-foot home throughout the winter is markedly less than the equivalent amount of firewood.

 

Solar Heating

 

Solar energy is another power source that’s free of harmful carbon emissions. Once you invest in solar panels, you will also see a significant drop in your utility bills. Solar panels contain photovoltaic (PV) cells that convert sunlight into direct current (DC) power. Sophisticated technological storage solutions allow you to access that current even during the night or on cloudy days.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly heating solution for your home or office in Broussard, LA, let Dave Broussard A/C & Heating help. We’re a full-service heating and cooling contractor that can handle any HVAC-related repairs, installations or maintenance services you may need. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.