Radiant Floors circulate warm water through tubing embedded in the floor of your home. The heat radiates up through the floor, warming the people, furnishings and air in the room. The warmth stays down around where the people are, not up at the ceiling or lost to the outdoors every time a door or window is opened. It’s a comfortable, even heat where cold spots and drafts are eliminated.
The Benefits …
Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are a relatively new technology that can save homeowners money. These ground-source heat pumps use the relatively constant temperature of the ground or water several feet below the earth’s surface as source of heating and cooling. Geothermal heat pumps are appropriate for retrofit or new homes, where both heating and cooling are desired. In addition to heating and cooling, geothermal heat pumps can provide domestic hot water. They can be used for virtually any size home or lot in any region of the U.S.
Special heat pump features can include variable speed blowers and multiple-speed compressors. These features can improve comfort and efficiency in areas where heating and cooling loads are quite different. Add-on features include the capability to produce hot water.
Geothermal heating can be more efficient than electric resistance heating. These systems are also typically more efficient than gas or oil-fired heating systems. They are more energy efficient than air-source heat pumps because they draw heat from, or release heat to, the earth, which has moderate temperatures year round, rather than to the air (which is generally colder in winter and warmer in summer than the earth, resulting in less effective heat transfer).
Heat recovery ventilators (HRV) constantly supply fresh air to provide a healthy indoor environment by reducing odors and and indoor pollutants, such as radon, formaldehyde, tobacco smoke, nitrogen dioxides, carbon monoxide, and pesticides. Energy recovery units constantly bring fresh air into the home while exhausting like amounts of stale indoor air at the same time.
The recovery part of the ventilation means that the hot or cold energy in the air (depending on the season) is extracted from the indoor air before it is exhausted and transferred to the incoming air, so that there is little energy lost.
Heat Recovery Ventilators use separate blowers to constantly supply incoming fresh air while exhausting outgoing stale air. The heat-exchange core transfers heat to fresh air without mixing the airstreams. The damper automatically stops cold air for defrosting.
Heat recovery ventilators (HRV) will transfer temperature only from the high temperature air to the low temperature air. Energy recovery ventilators (ERV) transfer both temperature and moisture. Since transferring both temperature and moisture has benefits in both winter and summer, ERV’s are a better choice in all but the most northern colder climates for providing year round fresh air to the home.
Heat recovery units can be installed in an existing home, as well as a new home, and are an integral part of the heating and air conditioning system. HRV systems can work with any forced air system equipped with a blower and duct system. It can also be used with non-forced air systems (floor heat coils, for instance) as an independent system.
To maximize the air quality, you can keep your home closed year-round and operate the HRV system constantly, efficiently producing a fresh and secure environment.