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Green is the new buzz word, but what does it really mean to go green in the heating and cooling industry?

There are many ways to achieve a green home. Our approach to designing a heating and cooling system for a green home focuses on energy efficiency and increased occupant health. Ultimately, our goal is to help you reduce your carbon footprint.

One of the biggest ways to make a difference in reducing your energy consumption is through your heating and cooling equipment. According to the Department of Energy, 56% of your household energy use is from your heating and cooling system. Installing a high efficiency heating and cooling system can reduce the total annual energy consumption in your home by as much as 30%.

One of the primary areas that greatly impacts energy efficiency is the ductwork in your home. According to the Department of Energy, the average air leakage for a home’s duct system is 20%. We have been testing many duct systems and we have been seeing leakage averaging 40-50%. The average leakage for a duct system that we install in a Green Home is less than 3%. All of our ductwork systems for new construction Green Homes are certified by a third party energy rating company.

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With the world craze to "go green" we are seeing a new system being implemented in the way we use air conditioning.  The existing system which many people refer to as Freon is actually what is termed R-22. The R-22 refrigerant is being replaced by the R410a refrigerant which is a much more environment friendly and energy conserving system.  This overhaul is slated for 2010 and will replace the R-22 with the R410a completely because they work on two opposite pressure systems.

The copper lines that the R-22 use will need to be changed out because it uses mineral oils that break down into damaging carbons that are speculated to be causing the global warming crisis the governments of the world seem to be so worried about. R-410a will use synthetic oil that will be able to sustain at much higher temperatures than that of the old. So if you have an older system which uses R-22 coolant, now is the time to upgrade

There's even more incentive to green now due to the stimulus tax credits. On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the historic American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As a result of this act, the federal government announced tax credits for consumers who purchase qualifying high-efficiency heating and cooling products for their homes. Until December 31, 2010, certain high-efficiency HVAC products qualify for a tax credit equal to 30% of their installed cost, up to a maximum credit of $1,500. Some restrictions apply. Your tax advisor can help you determine how these credits may help you.

It’s the perfect opportunity to upgrade your home with an energy-efficient heating and cooling system to get a major tax break!

Something to think about…

According to the Department of Energy, if just one household in ten bought ENERGY STAR heating and cooling equipment, over 17 billion pounds of pollution would be prevented.

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