Alternative Heating Systems
Alternative Heating What Choices do we have?
With global warming becoming a major issue in our planet today and causing damage to our atmosphere, the focus has been on utilizing products that are environment-friendly. This also holds true in
heating systems which are a vital part of any home especially in the colder regions of the Earth.
There exist in our midst today alternative heating systems that are earth friendly. In other words, they do not contribute to air pollution that is a major contributory factor in global warming. Homeowners may use them not only to preserve the environment but to save on electricity costs as well. And the benefits do not end there.
Of course, youíve heard about solar power or electricity provided by the sun. But the sun can also be used these days in heating systems known as
solar heating. They provide great benefits being a renewable source with no harmful emissions and cost efficient. This type normally comes in two types Ė the active and passive.
In passive solar heating, the building or home design is given a major consideration so it can collect and hold sunlight. Homes with this type of heating system have large windows usually facing south. They also have thermal mass surfaces which can either be tiles, concrete or water that collect and store the sunís heat for later use. The thermal mass can either be installed in the walls or floors.
As for active solar heating, this system has solar collectors, heat
pumps, exchanges, storage tanks and controls that gather, transfer and release heat throughout a home. They operate through electricity to spread the heat collected from the sun throughout the home.
Geothermal heating systems make use of the earthís heat to keep a home and the people living in it warm during the cold months. This technology came about after considering the fact that the surface beneath the earth has a constant temperature. Since the temperature underground remains the same throughout the year, pipes can be installed with a fluid to absorb the heat. What happens then is that the water is pumped into the home after which a heat exchanger gathers the heat and a fan spread it throughout a home.
This system is very reliable, safe, energy efficient and whatís best is that it emits no sound so you and your family can keep warm peacefully in the comfort of your home. And just like solar heating, this type uses a renewable source that will always be available any time you need it.
The so-called alternative stoves have gained popularity in the recent years as homeowners seek ways to be environment friendly. Many are also concerned about supporting the local industry. This is the reason why corn,
wood and pellet stoves have evolved.
Wood and corn are grown locally and are even cheaper than using oil or natural gas. Normally, these stoves are meant only to support conventional heaters. However, it has been proven that using the stove alone is sufficient enough to heat a home.
These stoves come in the direct vent systems without need for a chimney or a vent system in the home and can be controlled with thermostats. They come in various sizes so homeowners have a choice depending on the kind of room where they like the stove to reside.
The good news is that users of alternative heating systems can benefit from a tax credit provided by the federal government. So what are you waiting for? Why not go for these alternative systems and help preserve the environment.