Heat Pumps and A/C

Efficient heating and cooling equipment

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Do you need a backup heat source with central heat pumps in a power outage?

Do heat pumps need a backup heat source?

Heat pumps are still perceived as a new concept to many homeowners in the US and Canada and as they've improved considerably in performance over the years there are many misconceptions about heat pumps needing backup heating. Ecohome investigates. Having a backup heat source that can operate without electricity…

Which Heat Pump is the Best for reliability, efficiency and cost?

Heat pump buying guide: review of the top 10 heat pumps

Choosing the best heat pump can be difficult. Heat pumps are poorly understood, they have often been over-sold, poorly installed, and placed where they can be a noise nuisance. But the best heat pumps are a really good choice for heating green homes. How do the best heat pumps work? A heat pump works very…

Furnace not heating? Furnace Troubleshooting & Easy DIY Fixes

How to troubleshoot a furnace that won’t work.

There is little more unnerving that losing heat in our homes during winter. Having a reliable heating system, and even a backup heating system, can help you rest easier at night so if your furnace isn't working, try this. There are a few things that will cause any furnace to either stop running, or only deliver cold…

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

One of the questions we're often asked is about noisy baseboard heaters. They click, they bang, they tick, tick, tick constantly, and most of all, electric baseboard heaters or hot water heated baseboard heaters keep people awake. So, how to fix that. Noisy baseboard heaters -yeah, it's a thing... Over the years…

Ductless mini-split air source heat pump installed in a LEED certified PH Home

How heat pumps work in a LEED or Passive House high efficiency zero net energy home - video

Heat pumps can heat a house three times more efficiently than other heating types. When paired with a heat pump water heater this significantly reduces the cost of heating & domestic hot water, especially when the home is LEED or Passive House certified. How well does a heat pump work in a LEED or Passive House…

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

Comparing the performance of air source heat pumps and ground source geothermal heat pumps at the Living City Campus Archetype Sustainable House to discover which is the best option. Air Source Heat Pumps, and are Ground Source Heat Pumps "Geothermal?" First let's clear up some confusion on terminology regarding…

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

A high efficiency mini-split heat pump feeds a heat pump water heater which will take a big bite out of the future energy bill of the Demo House. Our previous update covered aspects of the building envelope, which allowed us to reduce the annual heating requirement to about the Passive House standard of 15 kWh per…

How do Heat Pumps Work? Ecohome Explains all about Heat Pumps...

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

What is a heat pump? An energy efficient home heating system that can save money and reduce fossil fuel use. Read on to find out how heat pumps work and if they make sense for in your home. Heat Pumps explained simply When it comes to residential heating and cooling systems, few types of heating systems are as…

Reducing the need for air conditioning

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

Some techniques that will help you reduce your A/C needs, and certainly help you stay cool in the absence of having one.   How to cool a home without AC While it's true that no matter where you live, be it urban, suburban or rural, the hottest days and nights of summer may have you dreaming of coolers climates…

Compare Heat Pump Ratings SEER v HSPF v SCOP v COP

Heat Pump Efficiency explained - The definitive guide to SEER vs HSPF vs (S) COP Heat Pump Ratings

Heat pumps are everywhere; online, newspapers, television with grants to offset their cost. Heat pumps as a heating system in colder climates or central air systems for cooling, but how is the performance of different heat pumps measured and compared. SEER v HSPF v COP (& SCOP): Understanding Heat Pump Ratings Many…

Geothermal Heating Systems

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

Geothermal is an excellent renewable heat source but there are many variables in calculating whether it's cost effective. Geothermal Heating Systems for Homes Domestic Geothermal heating systems can be a great way to heat a home, replace a furnace, and are labeled as money savers. Question is, are they worth the…

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Trane Technologies Plans to Cut Product Carbon Emissions in Half by 2030

Trane Technologies Plans to Cut Product Carbon Emissions in Half by 2030

Trane Technologies recently announced plans to cut its product carbon emissions by nearly 50% by 2030, supporting the Paris Agreement goal of Net-Zero Emissions by 2050, and having these claims validated independently. Cutting product emissions in half over the next decade supports Trane Technologies’ 2030…

Carbon Emissions in the US reduced in 2019 - IEA Report Reveals

Carbon emissions declined in US in 2019 - a glimmer of hope for climate change goals?

How is the world doing in lowering carbon emissions and meeting global climate change goals? The latest report by the International Energy Agency looks at 2019 to find out. This week the International Energy Agency released its report on global CO2 emissions, which totaled 33 gigatons of carbon released globally in…

CarbonCure low carbon footprint ready mix concrete

Two startups cutting emissions from the use of concrete have won the $20 million Carbon Xprize.

Ecohome encourage anyone building with some ready mix concrete to check if there is a local supplier of CarbonCure to help reduce the carbon footprint of your build. A while back Ecohome was pleased to find and report on some upcoming technologies that were producing Low-carbon and carbon-neutral concrete…

Coronavirus - clean energy & sustainables in jeopardy after covid-19 - IEA

Coronavirus poses a threat to climate action says The International Energy Agency (IEA)

The IEA warns that Covid-19 may cause a slowdown in the world’s progress to clean energy & while the coronavirus may prompt a drop in global carbon emissions this year, long-term climate action will suffer too in it's wake. "The economic impact of coronavirus must not derail the switch to sustainable energy" In a…

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