Conscious homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to keep their homes comfortable while minimizing their impact on climate change and global warming. The quest for sustainable living is no longer just a trend but a necessary shift in our approach to how we live day to day.
With winter having arrived here in Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties, the focus turns to heating solutions that align with the standards of an eco-friendly ethos. Princeton Air stands at the forefront of sustainable heating and cooling solutions, offering innovative, climate-friendly, and energy efficient heating systems that do not compromise on your comfort.
Using Electricity for Heating
The grid in New Jersey may not be 100% clean quite yet (the state has pledged to achieve a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 and 100% clean energy by 2050), but using electricity for heating is still cleaner than burning fossil fuels. This shift is crucial in the global effort to mitigate the effects of climate change. By opting for energy efficient, electricity-based heating through heat pumps and ductless mini splits, homeowners not only contribute to a decrease in the demand for fossil fuels but also enable a smoother future integration with renewable energy sources, setting the stage for a greener future.
The Dual Benefits of Heat Pumps and Ductless Mini Splits
Heat pumps and ductless mini splits are modern, eco-friendly heating and cooling solutions all in one. These systems do not require oil refills or natural gas lines. Instead, they provide both heating and cooling using only electricity to transfer heat via the refrigeration process, rather than generating it through combustion.
Heat pumps can be installed in a system that is already set up for central ductwork, and ductless mini splits can be installed without any central ductwork, allowing for efficient room-by-room temperature control. Both technologies not only reduce carbon emissions but can also lower energy costs, making them an ideal choice for the climate-conscious homeowner.
Benefits of Heat Pumps
- Heating and cooling all in one
- Quiet operation
- Reduced energy use and associated bills
- Ductless heat pumps allow for home comfort zones
Using Smart Thermostats Boosts Efficiency
In addition to using heating and cooling equipment that uses less energy, using a smart thermostat will further reduce your energy consumption by optimizing how and when you use your HVAC system. Nest Elito Pro thermostats learn from your preferences and behavior, automatically choosing the most efficient settings throughout the day. They have been shown to save between 12% and 15% on annual energy costs!
Harnessing Solar Energy and Solar Battery Storage
As we look to the future of how energy is used and delivered to our homes, it is becoming more viable for homeowners to start generating their own renewable energy instead of relying solely on their electric company. By installing solar panels, homeowners can capture renewable energy directly from the sun, drastically reducing reliance on the grid and fossil fuels.
What many homeowners may not realize about solar panels, however, is that without a battery storage system, a home will still lose power during a grid power outage. The addition of solar battery storage systems allows for the storage of excess solar energy for use during power outages, as well as at night, during peak billing hours, and on less sunny days.
On the Rise in the Northeast: Geothermal
Geothermal energy leverages the stable temperatures of the earth just below the surface to provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. A geothermal system is a series of large piping loops, installed about ten feet underground. This is then connected to a home’s heating and cooling system. Geothermal heat pumps provide year-round efficiency and require much less energy to both heat and cool a home.
Call Princeton Air for A More Sustainable Home
By embracing climate-friendly heating solutions and staying aware of how to set up your home for an all-electric future, homeowners can significantly reduce their environmental impact while enjoying a comfortable and sustainable living space.
Princeton Air is committed to providing the expertise and technology needed to make this transition at a pace that works for your comfort needs, energy savings, and budget. We are the local expert in whole home comfort, with specialized knowledge of how every part of the home is interconnected.