Keeping your home cool will use a lot of energy this summer if you have a conventional forced air system. Today, there are many alternatives that you may want to consider for keeping your home cool and save energy. For example: evaporative coolers are a solution that works well in hot dry climates. There are even radiant cooling systems that can be used to cool your home or passive cooling designs. Here are some of the forced air alternatives that you may want to consider for a cool home this summer:
1. Evaporative Coolers for Energy Efficiency in Dry Weather
Swamp or evaporative coolers are different than conventional forced-air AC systems. These cooling systems have been used in dry climates for centuries and are a great way to keep your home cool. In addition to the conventional use of evaporative coolers, which use water evaporation to cool, they can also be combined with a conventional AC solution to maximize cooling efficiency for different climate conditions.
2. Ventilation and Heat Convection to Passively Cool Your Home
Ventilation is important to keep your home cool during the hot summer months. Combining ventilation with natural convection currents, which happen as heat rises, will help to keep your home cool during the summer months. You may want to talk with an HVAC contractor about how ventilation solutions like attic fans can help keep your home cool. An HVAC technician will be able to help with the design and installation of ventilation solutions that help keep your home cool passively by removing hot air through heat convection and ventilation. This may be part of a complete AC design to maximize cooling efficiency.
3. Radiant Cooling Systems for A Unique and Modern Cooling Design
One of the more modern solutions to have installed in your home is radiant cooling. Radiant cooling systems work much like radiant heating. Cold liquid is circulated through pipes, which act as a heat exchanger. This design can be done with in-floor heating systems as a cooling solution. In addition, geothermal exchange can also be integrated into the design of radiant cooling and heating systems.
These are some of the forced air alternatives that you may want to consider. If you are ready to replace your conventional AC system, contact an HVAC contractor like D & R Service Inc and talk with them about some of these alternatives or combining them with conventional air conditioning.