The rush to get a quality HVAC unit in order to survive the blistering summer and the freezing winters has been given a shot in the arm by the Federal Government. The US Department of Energy recently announced that they would develop innovative heating cooling and insulation technologies for HVAC equipment in order to generate a complete climate control mechanism with a smaller carbon footprint. The $11 million Energy Department investment will also be matched by a one million dollar investment by the private sector, making it one of the largest technological grants ever given to the heating and cooling industry.
How It Works
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency David Danielson claimed that much of the new technology will involve monitoring energy usage in order to determine whether or not new energy efficient technologies are worth the change. Existing home-power green tech like windows and lighting allow for a house to be heated and cooled more efficiently, but the amount of power that a traditional HVAC unit has to utilize makes it difficult to develop secondary technology when the problem is the HVAC itself. In addition to limiting the amount of energy taken up by HVAC units, this new green tech will attempt to cut down on the amount of HFC refrigerant emissions that create greenhouse gas and trap heat within the atmosphere.
One of the largest recipients of this grant will be Thermolift, who will work in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as Stony Brook University in order to help develop a heat pump with as much as 200% greater energy efficiency. This heat pump will depend upon rotating heat exchanger technology for residential HVAC systems that heats water with less power and provides space cooling by drawing on less electricity. The end result can be up to 150% greater efficiency for water heating and interior cooling.
The Energy Facts
The investment in energy efficient technologies comes at an important time for American climate control. Commercial and residential buildings use nearly 40% of the total energy consumed in the U.S., while generation about the same quantity of carbon which adds to the greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. While a five percent drop in energy consumption for heating and cooling from 1993 to 2009 shows that the ability to do more with less is working well, the amount of electricity required each year for climate control in the United States remains extremely high — greater than any other nation. New technologies for HVAC equipment and home construction materials can help to lower the rate of energy usage.