“Going Green” and becoming more environmentally friendly is a huge consideration in new construction today. From building design to the components and appliances inside, you want to make sure that your building is energy efficient.
In 2022, the government even introduced the Inflation Reduction Act, with a main focus on it being reducing the amount of energy we consume as a country.
In this article, we want to tell you about a few ways to make sure your building is “green”, with a focus on the HVAC equipment, particularly Daikin VRV.
When you are trying to become more environmentally friendly, or green, when it comes to your HVAC system, you essentially want to use less energy. The less energy you use, the less resources you consume, and the less emissions you produce.
Here are a few green solutions that can help your building consume less energy:
Duct wrap has always been a thing, but quiet duct wrap is new. This is constructed using recycled denim. This material has no fiberglass, very low VOCs, and no major irritants. You use this to stop air leakage and heat loss in the ducts of a building.
An ice powered AC freezes ice overnight, and then uses it to cool the next day. These systems get about 6 hours of cooling out of it, and then the AC reverts back to the traditional system. These ice powered ACs should always be installed as a supplement to a conventional AC system, so you never run out of cooling if you run out of ice.
This system saves energy by alleviating your traditional HVAC system for a good portion of the day.
One of the most popular solutions for green energy has always been solar power. Installing solar panels on buildings and homes has become more and more popular now that the technology has continued to improve.
Installing solar panels can be an expensive proposition, but there are also programs that help cover some of the costs. You will also want to consider a storage unit for solar power, so you can make the energy last as long as possible.
Geothermal HVAC systems use energy from the earth to keep your building comfortable. There are different types of geothermal heat pump systems that can heat, cool, and even provide hot water for your building.
These systems can reach from 300 to 600 percent efficiency, as compared to air source heat pumps that often get to 175 through 250.
These systems can also become quite expensive, but there are usually rebates and incentives available for such energy efficient equipment.
Your HVAC system is one of the most energy-consuming pieces of equipment you are going to install in your building. They produce emissions that impact the ozone as well. The fewer emissions, the better it is for the environment.
When you upgrade your HVAC system from an inefficient one to one with high efficiency, it’s estimated by the Department of Energy that you can reduce your energy consumption by 30% to 50%. This is a huge number. If everyone decided to make the switch to high-efficiency HVAC equipment, think of the impact it would have on the environment.
This is why there is such a focus in the IRA on improving the energy efficiency of homes and businesses around the country. Another benefit of reduced energy consumption is lower energy bills. If you are using less energy to heat and cool your building, you are going to spend less money on energy every month!
One of our favorite HVAC solutions for going green is Daikin VRV. Daikin VRV can handle your heating, cooling, ventilation, and hot water as well. Lots of buildings and homes have separate heating and cooling systems, which can often lead to less efficiency.
Daikin VRV uses an inverter, variable speed technology. This means that instead of just running at one speed to heat or cool, it can fluctuate up and down. The constant off and on of traditional HVAC systems leads to poor energy efficiency, as well as poor heating and cooling.
Daikin has even been improving upon its own technology. Recently they conducted a study on a fashion shop in Germany. The trial study showed that the new VRV IV system consumed up to 60% less energy than the VRV III system, particularly during cooling. Overall energy savings during heating averaged 20%.
In 2022, Daikin won awards for its design of air conditioning systems, air purifiers, and humidification systems, among other things. We love installing Daikin, and know from personal experience that these systems save energy, and keep your home or office very comfortable all year round.
Compass Heating and Air Conditioning has been installing green HVAC systems in Elgin, IL, and the surrounding areas for years. We love finding the right energy-saving design for a home or a commercial space, and helping our customers save money while staying comfortable. If you are interested in going green with your HVAC system, give us a call at (630) 504-8688, or click here to contact us online!