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One Great Approach to Reduce 50% off Winter Heating Bills

Researchers at Purdue University are working on a new research project that promises the possibility to cut heating bill in half for those who live in very cold climates.


Researchers at Purdue University are working on a new research project that promises the possibility to cut heating bill in half for those who live in very cold climates. The analysis, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, builds on previous work that began about five years ago at Purdue’s Ray W. Herrick Laboratories.

Heat pumps provide heating in winter and cooling in summer but aren’t efficient in extreme cold climates. The research involves changes to the way heat pumps operate to make them more cost-effective in extreme cold temperatures.

The modern technology works by modifying the standard vapor-compression cycle behind standard air-con and refrigeration.

The typical vapor-compression cycle has four stages:

  1. Refrigerant is compressed as a vapor
  2. Condenses into a liquid
  3. Expands to a combination of liquid and vapor
  4. Then evaporates

The project will investigate two cooling approaches during the compression process.

In one approach, relatively considerable amounts of oil are injected into the compressor to absorb heat generated through the compression stage.
In the second approach, a combination of liquid and vapor refrigerant from the expansion stage is injected at various points during compression to supply cooling.

The newest heat pumps can be half as expensive to operate as heating technologies now utilized in cold regions where natural gas is unavailable and residents count on electric heaters and liquid propane.

In the meanwhile here some ways to improve you home air quality and save energy:

  • Be certain your thermostat is located in a place that isn’t too cold or hot.
  • Install an automatic timer to keep the thermostat at 68 degrees in daytime and 55 degrees at night.
  • Use storm or thermal windows in colder areas. The layer of air between the windows acts as insulation helping to maintain the heat inside where you are interested.
  • If you haven’t already, insulate your attic and all outside walls.
  • Insulate floors over unheated spaces like your basement, any crawl spaces and your garage.
  • Close off the attic, garage, basement, spare bedrooms and storage areas. Heat just those rooms that you use.
  • Seal gaps around any pipes, wires, vents or other openings that could transfer your heat to areas that are not heated.
  • Dust is an excellent insulator and tends to build up on radiators and baseboard heat vents.

Many people don’t know that common indoor air quality practices reduce home air heating costs too:

  • Rain and high humidity may bring moisture indoors, creating dampness, mold and mildew — big problems for healthy indoor air. Look at your roof, foundation and basement or crawlspace once a year to catch leaks or moisture problems and route water away from your home’s foundation.
  • Keep asthma triggers away from your property by fixing leaks and drips once they start. Standing water and moist encourage the growth of dust mites, mold and mildew — probably the most common triggers that can worsen asthma. Utilize a dehumidifier or air conditioner when needed, and clean both regularly.
  • High levels of moisture at home increase dampness and the growth of mold, which not only damage your property but threaten health. Install and run exhaust fans in bathrooms to remove unhealthy moisture and odors from your home.
  • Ventilate your kitchen stove directly outside or open a kitchen window when you cook. Keeping exhaust — including cooking odors and particles — outside of your home prevents dangerous fumes and particles from harming you or your family.

About the Author – Rosalind Dall writes for the ductless air conditioners blog, her personal hobby blog focused on suggestions to help people consume less energy and purify indoor air.

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