Your Heating and Cooling and the Environment

We are constantly being reminded by the media and the press, as well as by politicians, about the problems facing our atmosphere and environment. Specifically we will be hearing about the energy crisis and global warming and these a buzzwords that crop up all the time. It is only right that they should be so prevalent however, as they are not only highly important, but also very relevant to almost everything we do – and every decision and action you make can have a direct or indirect impact on the environment. Here we will look at how your heating and air can have such an impact as well. There are many aspects of heating and air, and these include AC installations, as well as furnaces and other aspects. We get many services provided by contractors such as furnace inspections and air conditioning installations.
However these affect the environment for one simple reason – they use up energy. This then means that when you turn on your AC installations, you actually use up energy that comes from a power plant. And chances are that that power plant got its energy from burning fossil fuels. These fossil fuels are finite and in fact are in short supply (relatively) and this is where the risk of an ‘energy crisis’ comes from – because there’s a chance that they will all get used up and then all of our modern luxuries will be lost to us.
At the same time though these fossil fuels create carbon emissions which are released into the atmosphere when they are burned as fuel. This carbon is thicker than our oxygen and that means that it can keep the heat of the sun in for longer. This then means that the heat from the sun is getting in but it is not getting out and being released into the atmosphere. That results in a gradual increase in temperature due to what is known as the ‘greenhouse’ effect.
Of course we need our heating and air and these installations are necessary. However how we use them is crucial due to the damage they can do to the environment. The first and most important port of call then is to have efficient systems installed by professional AC contractors to make sure that you use as little energy as possible. Furthermore though you should get regularly maintenance – AC maintenance and furnace inspections. This will prevent them from becoming less efficient as they get clogged with dirt etc and that will mean that they remain using as little energy as possible. Meanwhile you should also of course try to minimize your use as much as possible which will also be kind to your bank account. Don’t run the air conditioning installations when it is cold then and open windows when it is hot.

If you want to go one step further then you can consider getting alternative green energy
solutions. This means using things like geothermal heating and cooling – a system that works by running water through pipes deep underground. At this level underground the surrounding soil is hot enough that it can heat up the water to boiling temperatures completely free.

About Alan V. Ricotta Sr.

Barbara Ricotta is the owner of Ricotta Heating & Air, a family run business serving the metropolitan St. Louis area for over 50 years.
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