From Engineering on February 26, 2009 in Air Conditioning & Heating
According to Air Central Controls, green technology will take over the HVAC industry within the next 5 to 10 years. Thats why the company offers geothermal, hybrid, and dual fuel technology along with conventional heating and air conditioning.
In this economy, though, most people cant afford geothermal products that start at around $20,000. Air Central Controls suggests hybrid dual fuel technology as an alternative if you cant cut the cost or dont want your whole backyard dug up. Starting costs for hybrid systems are much lower at $8,000 to $12,000. At the same time, youll lesson your dependency on fossil fuels.
Air Central Controls says hybrid technology has been around for decades and is frequently used in the southern states, where the company is based. With a hybrid system, you can reduce how often you use your furnace. In a comparative test over a set timeframe, conventional split systems ran for 250 days while a hybrid system ran for 98 to 130 days, a drastic reduction in number.
At the same time, within 5 to 8 years, youll break even on up-front costs with the money you save on utility bills. With a conventional system, you would have done the opposite, spending another $2,000 to $4,000 because the unit cant keep up with the cost of inflation on gas and electrical.
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