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NJ Heating Cooling Trends for the Future

As homeowners continue to place a high priority on energy efficiency, JN heating cooling technology continues to evolve in order to keep pace. A look down the road shows emerging designs that will bring HVAC efficiency to homes across the state and the country. While some are totally new, others are major improvements representing technology design and evolution.

Thermally Driven AC

As more homeowners look to renewable energy, solar and wind power ar making their way into air conditioner designs. Thermally-driven AC is an emerging technology approach that uses solar chillers to channel thermal energy provided by the sun or other backup sources to produce cold and/or dehumidification.

Solar cooling has a number of advantages such as reducing the electricity peak demand associated with conventional cooling, during peak needs for AC. But solar thermal cooling can also operate in the evening by using thermal storage. It can even be used for heating purposes such as domestic hot water preparation or space heating.

Movement-Activated AC

Just as motion sensor lighting saves on energy, movement activated AC works on the same principle. Designed by engineers at MIT, the design uses sensors that are fitted on aluminum rods that are then hung from the ceiling for detection of human presence. When the sensors pick up on people in proximity, they trigger the unit to turn on so that air conditioning is used only when it’s needed. Although real-world trials have gone far, it will be awhile before widespread commercial availability.

Ice-Powered AC

While Ice powered AC has been around for some time with large commercial buildings, it is now making its way into residential installations. A California-based company Ice Energy is now testing AC units that have a special tank that that freezes water between AC cycles or when it’s not in use so that the system can switch from conventional AC to using the ice to cool the house for at least three hours, during which time no energy is needed to chill the air.

The savings for anyone paying time-of-use rates or residential demand charge can be significant since it eliminates the electricity demand for cooling during peak hours.
Homes that have rooftop solar can also funnel excess solar power into ice production to increase electrical savings even more.

There are also a number of heating innovations that are a combination of technology improvements and entirely new approaches. Geothermal heat pumps that harness
Heat from the earth and transform warm air to air conditioning or cold air to heat are becoming more widespread as the technology evolve.

The same can be said for dual fuel heat pumps. These units give homes with access to electricity and gas the ability to take advantage of both to maximize the benefit of each. The heat pumps use gas that is lower in cost relative to electricity when temperatures are low. Once temperatures begin to rise above a threshold, the unit switches to electricity to help save money over time.

While NJ heating and cooling projects aren’t seeing most of these innovations in practical use yet, they show how options for green energy will continue to evolve and provide greater savings and benefits. Today, your Joe Hurley specialist has the latest commercially available products and systems that will provide ideal comfort in summer and winter while maximizing energy savings and efficiency.

To discuss the latest products for your New Jersey home if you live in Ocean, Monmouth or Mercer County, call Joe Hurley today at 732.660.1600.