If your goal is to make your building go green in 2020, then one of your most important considerations will be to choose an eco-friendly energy source for heating and cooling. Here’s how combustion heating and electric heating measure up, from leading NJ commercial HVAC contractors.
The Case For and Against Combustion Heating
Combustion heating (for example, gas heating) always results in a certain level of wastage. You can see this outlined in the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating, which shows how much of the fuel your system uses is actually converted into heat. For example, older commercial boiler systems tend to have a low AFUE of around 60% or less, which means that half the fuel you pay for is wasted.
Modern, high-efficiency commercial heating systems are much better, offering an AFUE of 90% or higher. That being said, unfortunately, some fuel is still wasted, which means that your building is releasing dangerous greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere. At the same time, you are reliant on a fossil fuel to supply the building with heat – a non-renewable resource that’s not considered green. However, it is a fairly affordable fuel, which may allow you to redirect savings towards other green upgrades.
The Case For and Against Electric Heating
Electric heating is the most efficient use of fuel since all your electricity is converted into heat to be used by the system and none goes to waste. This means that your emissions from your commercial boiler system are essentially zero, which is great for the environment. However, a lot depends on how the electricity for your heating system is created. It may come from a coal power station, for example, which is a big contributor of pollutants and greenhouse emissions.
Another factor to consider is that in recent years, the State of New Jersey has been pushing for greater renewable electricity production by stipulating that more and more electricity produced by power stations is sourced from renewable energy sources like solar, which is one of the most eco-friendly sources available. It’s something to consider that will really increase your building’s green credentials in the coming years.
One of the downsides to electricity is the cost, which can be substantial when it is used to run commercial heating and cooling systems. This cost can reduce the capital you have to invest in other green upgrades, but it may be worth considering one additional, complimentary upgrade to offset this cost in the long-term – solar.
With solar-generated electricity, your building can reap the benefits of an efficient energy source for commercial heating and cooling, while reducing costs. It’s worth it to take a look at New Jersey’s commercial incentives programs for solar energy if you are considering this route.
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