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Your environmental concerns don’t have to compete with home comfort. Nowadays, it’s easier to go green with your HVAC system, with options ranging from heat pumps to hybrid solutions. Here are a few heating and cooling alternatives you can explore for your Ocala, Florida, home.

Air Source Heat Pump

A heat pump is one of the greenest options you’ll come by. Heat pumps are more energy-efficient than air conditioners and furnaces because they move heat instead of generating it and run on electricity. In the winter, air source heat pumps move heat from outdoors into your house and do the opposite in the summer months, moving heat from your house and carrying it outdoors. Heat pumps also dehumidify the air more readily than air conditioners do.

Heat pumps provide heating and cooling at 25 percent of the operational costs of air conditioners and furnaces, and you can save about 30 to 40 percent in electricity. With this much going for them, these machines are a greener alternative, but because they work by taking heat out of the air, they are best for places with mild winters like Florida.

Hybrid Heat System

Carrier’s Hybrid Heat System combines a heat pump, a gas furnace, and Carrier’s smart Infinity control technology. The unit has the capacity to switch between an electrical or gas energy source based upon outdoor conditions. It measures the outdoor temperature, then chooses which energy source is more cost-efficient.

For example, if the weather is cool outside, but not cold, your home doesn’t need the burning of a gas furnace. So the Hybrid Heat System switches to heat pump mode and runs on electricity, saving the gas for days when temperatures are freezing. In the summer, the heat pump reverses modes and does the cooling work of an air conditioner.

Greenspeed Technology for HVAC

Even though heat pumps enjoy a lot of praise for their eco-friendliness, today’s traditional air conditioners and furnaces have come a long way. Some have gotten extremely good at energy conservation. Carrier’s line of products are continuously at the cutting edge of energy-efficiency, with innovations that are more environmentally friendly than ever.

Carrier’s Greenspeed Intelligence makes the Infinity gas furnace and heat pump adaptable so that the systems can readily switch to anything between 40 percent and 100 percent of their capacity. This way they’ll give the home exactly what it needs to reach the desired comfort levels — no more or less. Compare this to one-stage traditional furnaces that heat at 100 percent capacity at every single run, whether or not your home requires full power heating.

With Greenspeed, Carrier’s Infinity 98 is the most efficient gas furnace available, and its Infinity 20 heat pump is up to 69 percent more efficient than other ducted air source heat pumps that come in the 3-ton size.

Programmable Thermostats

Whether you have your sights set on a new air conditioner or furnace, or are just looking to update your old one, a programmable thermostat is a good idea. It will help you to control the amount of energy you’re consuming by aligning your unit’s on and off cycles with your schedule and giving you more precise temperature control.

You can set your programmable thermostat to cool the house down just before everyone arrives from work or school and keep it at higher temperatures throughout the day when no one is home. That way, it doesn’t run all day trying to cool an empty house.

Programmable thermostats also offer so much in convenience, ease, and flexibility. If you invest in a Wi-Fi-capable or remote access thermostat, you’ll be able to run all your controls from your Internet-enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer. A system like Carrier’s Infinity control offers even more efficiency and value by synchronizing multiple Infinity machines, including humidifiers.

If you’d like to hear more about how a programmable thermostat can help you go green, or you’re interested in one of our innovative heating or cooling systems for your Florida home, call Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. today at 866-881-5935. We’ll be more than happy to walk you through your options.

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