Heating and cooling technology has come a long way since it was first created. As companies continue to improve their products, you may not always hear about or see the latest updates. Read on to learn about two pieces of heating and cooling technology that you’ll want to have installed in your home.
Digital thermostats have been around for a while, but the technologically advanced ones connect to your Wi-Fi for mobile app control, smart home integration, and super easy programming. One of our favorites is the Nest. Programming the Nest is as easy as adjusting your settings as you normally would with an older thermostat. In about a week, the Nest is trained to your preferences and takes up the chore from there. Plus, you can set it to automatically drop or raise the temperature when the house is empty, but have it warm and toasty or cool by the time you get home. You save money and resources by letting your HVAC system take a break every once in a while.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Like programmable thermostats, heat pumps have history. Most collect the heat from outside air then condense and distribute it inside. Conversely, they evacuate summer heat from the house and disperse it outside. As you can imagine, this would work great if you live in balmy San Diego. But for climates that could host polar bears and penguins in January and banana trees in July, old heat pump technology still depends on an extra boost from a fire-powered system.
Not so with geothermal heat pumps. They tap into the constant mild temperature (about 55 degrees) of the ground instead of the variable temperatures of the air for heat exchange. In winter, they condense plenty of heat, even in the heart of a polar vortex. In summer, the process reverses, and the heat pump absorbs your indoor swelter, sending it underground to dissipate. By burying water-circulating pipes at six and four feet below the frost line (in a horizontal configuration), the heat source is constant and completely indifferent to the weather. These systems work so well that you can pocket upwards of 80 percent of your annual heating and cooling costs. They can completely pay for themselves in under a decade. With much less maintenance than a gas-burning furnace, a geothermal heat pump can last 25 years, or more, while the pipes can last a lifetime.
Now, imagine a geothermal heat pump controlled by a smart thermostat. You could be the next planet-saving hero with an energy budget that doesn’t go up in smoke every year.
This short introduction to super-efficient, high-tech heating and cooling technology only scratches the surface of what’s available and coming online in the future. Would you like to know more? Give us a call or shoot us an email. Talk to Buckeye Heating & Cooling about how we can tech up your home!