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Technologies that Will Change the Way We Heat and Cool Our Homes
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Everyone likes to save money on home energy costs and there’s definitely a push for technology to play a larger role in reducing the amount of energy we use to heat and cool our homes in the future. Finding ways to make our energy use more efficient will also allow us to use less fuel overall, which in turn will lead to consumers seeing greater savings on energy bills year round.

While solar, wind and geothermal power may influence home heating and cooling in the future there are other technologies on the horizon that may have a more immediate impact in many homes. Here are a few technologies used in commercial buildings that could find their way into residential construction before too long.

Smart Windows
Right now most homes have windows with glass that is treated to keep sun—and heat—either in or out, depending on your climate. But there are plenty of areas in the country (Ohio included) where it would be hugely beneficial to have glass that would reflect light and heat part of the year, or even part of the day, and let light and heat in during other times. Smart windows that can change their tint on demand may be the answer. When outside temperatures are low, smart glass would allow more light and heat to pass through and when temperatures are higher, they would tint darker to block more light and heat.

Smart Homes
We’re already starting to hear about appliances that communicate with you or each other in order to be more efficient, but look for even more advances in the coming years. Imagine an air conditioner that can sense that your preschooler has opened a window, allowing cool air to escape unnecessarily, and either alerting you or shutting down that particular duct until the window is closed again. The same sort of common sense could potentially be applied all over a typical residential home.

Aerogel
Something that looks like solid smoke, and is nearly as weightless, may change the way we insulate our homes in the future. Aerogel is about 99% gas trapped in super tiny bubbles and is a superior insulator for its weight and thickness. Right now this material is too expensive for extensive use in residential buildings but when prices drop, it may replace the less efficient and bulkier insulation now commonly used.

All of these technologies and plenty more are decades away from use in the average American home, primarily because of the difficulty in changing entire industries such as construction. But changes are coming and we’re very likely to see the most amazing things in the homes of our children and grandchildren!

For heating and cooling issues that concern you today, give us a call. We’re always happy to troubleshoot problems and offer solutions that will keep you and your family comfortable all year long.




 

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