Over the next five years the HVAC industry will see an extraordinary amount of change, including different efficiency measurements, changes in standard refrigerants, and a significant increase in regulations designed to combat the effects of a changing environment. In addition, there is a growing movement in the U.S. — and around the world —to transition away from fossil fuel-fired appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, and ovens and instead employ electric equipment to meet the needs of end users. It’s called decarbonization, and its already showing up in a part of the country.
The good news is that HVAC manufacturers have responded with extraordinary technological innovations that address these changes and, at the same time, provide enormous benefits to the consumer: increased efficiency, improved performance, unprecedented energy savings, and complete control over the home environment.
Our “Sustainability Suite” includes the best energy-efficient HVAC solutions we could find, including high efficiency heat pumps, mini splits, geothermal systems, innovative furnaces, even solar energy systems to power it all. Contact your contractor or Benoist representative for more information.
Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump Systems
Mini Split heat pumps transfer heat through a refrigerant directly to (or from) indoor wall or ceiling-mounted “heads” that distribute warm or cool air directly to interior spaces, without the energy loss associated with ductwork. Multiple heads can be installed in a home or living area, allowing room-to-room temperature control at efficiency ratings of up to 26.5 SEER.
Mini splits are perfect for homes without existing ductwork or for that one room in the house that your ducted system doesn’t seem to reach.
High Efficiency Air-Source Heat Pump Systems
Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners for all climates. Like traditional air conditioners, heat pumps use refrigerant to transfer heat from your house to the outside air in the summer; operating in reverse, they can transfer heat from the outdoors to your house, even on cold winter days.
Today’s heat pumps are technologically state-of-the-art and can reduce your electricity use for heating by 50% over electric furnaces and baseboard heaters.
Ruud and Luxaire Variable Speed Furnaces
For applications where electric heat is impractical or undesired, you can still achieve greatly improved efficiency and energy savings with these state-of-the-art gas furnaces made by Ruud and Luxaire.
With variable speed ECM motors and two-stage burners, these furnaces provide quiet and efficient comfort and better humidity control while using less energy than traditional gas furnaces. They also offer hassle-free installation in tight spaces, making them an ideal choice for almost all applications.
Hydron Module Geothermal Systems
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of relatively constant year-round temperatures underground (50-55°F) to heat and cool your house. Water is cycled through underground pipes to absorb heat in the winter and expel heat back into the ground in the summer. Geothermal can fulfill your hot water needs as well.
Higher upfront costs for equipment and ground loops are offset over time by increased energy efficiency: you can save 30-60% on your heating and cooling costs using geothermal. Attractive tax credits and incentives are available as well.
Cocoon Thermal Mass Furnaces
Cocoon Furnaces use electricity, but they are not electric furnaces. The Cocoon Thermal Mass Furnace uses long wave infrared heat to warm a ceramic thermal mass. A blower gently pushes air across the heated mass until the thermostat reaches temperature. Then it stops blowing and heating the mass - but the mass stays warm until the next call for heat.
This reduces “on” and “off” cycles, reduces energy consumption, and creates a more constant, comfortable heat. The Cocoon furnace uses up to 41% less energy than a traditional electric furnace. It is safer than a gas furnace and reduces your “carbon footprint” and your reliance on fossil fuels.
Solar Energy Power & Storage Systems
Once you’ve installed high efficiency equipment, the final step towards energy independence is generating your own power using solar photovoltaic modules (solar PV) that can be easily mounted on your roof or on ground racks. The cost of solar arrays has come down dramatically in the last decade, with tax credits and incentives providing additional savings.
Solar energy is limitless and free, with no greenhouse gas emissions. And studies have shown that, on average, homes with solar PV installed are worth 17% more than comparable homes and sell 20% faster.