How to Use Green Heating This Winter

How to Use Green Heating This WinterTraditional heating systems use non-renewable fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal, and oil. Using these fuels as a method of heating has negative effects on the environment, for example, air pollution and increased acid rain. With energy costs and harmful environmental impacts on the rise, now’s the time to seriously consider green heating alternatives.

Here are some of the most eco-friendly options you can use to heat your home this winter:

Solar Heating

Solar heat is often described as the greenest heating choice. Active solar heat systems use panels to capture solar energy, which is used to heat a liquid or air. The heat is then transferred to your living spaces. You can also use the system to warm your water supply. There are federal and state tax incentives that help make solar heating systems more affordable.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps utilize the heat in the ground, water, or air to warm your home. They use electricity to operate a compressor and pump a liquid medium. They can also provide air conditioning and domestic hot water.

Boilers

These systems can burn biomass, fuel oil, natural gas, or propane. They supply hydronic heating as well as hot water. The latest models are highly efficient.

Pellet Stoves

Pellet stoves are low-cost green energy heating systems. They burn pellets that are usually made of sawdust or wood chips. The combustion efficiency of these pellets is higher than that of wood and other fossil fuels. Pellet stoves are typically direct-vented hence don’t need a chimney. This makes them cheap to install.

Masonry Heaters

These special heaters trap heat in the smoke chamber and provide heat for 24 hours. They require fewer supplies and cause less pollution than traditional wood stoves. They provide more heat than other fireplaces and stoves. They’re extremely durable.

These heating systems will not only reduce your environmental impact but also save you money over their useful lives. Without a doubt, their initial costs are worth the savings you’ll get in the long run. For more information on green heating options, contact Cool Power. We serve the Long Island area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about green heating and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629. 

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