You may have noticed a curious site as you’ve driven through residential neighborhoods across America. No, those aren’t giant metal pinwheels bringing joy to all the chillens in the neighborhood, they’re residential wind turbines, bringing clean energy and low electricity bills to households everywhere.
While wind turbines don’t directly fall under the umbrella of HVAC, they certainly have an effect on the industry. In fact, questions about residential wind turbines are some of the most common asked to HVAC professionals today. Here’s all you need to know about the exciting advent of residential wind energy:
1. All HVAC systems will still work- Residential wind turbines are all retro-fitted so that they can seamlessly contribute to any home’s current electrical system. This means that buying a wind turbine will not cause a residence to make any changes to their old HVAC systems.
2. The savings are long term- It can cost over $10,000 to install a wind turbine on residential property. In the long term, however, a home’s electrical bill can be reduced by over 70% every month. The savings can be even more important for homes with air conditioning systems, because as we all learn during HVAC training, AC units sap a lot of electricity. It usually takes between 6-15 years to gain back the money on the principle investment.
3. There’s a lot of red tape- Any residence that would like to install a wind turbine has to clear a lot of hurdles first. There has to be a large, wide open space on the property to put the turbine in so it can be assured regular access to wind currents. There should also be an average year-round wind speed of at least 10MPH in the area. It also must be in an area that allows edifices to be built over 35 ft. Thus, not every home is right for wind energy.
Any good HVAC professional will should be knowledgeable about residential wind power and the effect it will have on their industry. These facts should be all you need to know when HVAC clients ask about this interesting new energy source.