Acadia™ vs Fossil Fuels
Many homeowners contact us looking for a way of
getting out of the fossil fuel market. After the large swings in oil
prices in recent years, people are beginning to search for a better
answer to their heating needs than conventional fossil fuel systems.
There is a real difference between the Acadia™ and a
fossil fuel system. Installing an Acadia™ in your home means that you
won’t need an oil drum, a chimney or fuel lines. The Acadia™ is designed
to be installed just like a typical central air conditioner, so all that
is required is the outdoor unit, the air handler and the line set
connecting the two. This quick and simple installation saves you money
before the Acadia™ even begins to operate.
Another added benefit of using the Acadia™ instead of
a fossil fuel burner is that you will not be adding green house gases
into the atmosphere by burning fuel to heat your home. Instead, the
Acadia™ uses clean, reliable electricity to keep you comfortable all
Operating Efficiency: What does it mean?
The largest difference between a fossil fuel system
and the Acadia™ is the efficiency. A key concept to understand is what
efficiency means and how it actually translates into savings. As you
shop around for the heating system that’s right for you, you’ll find
that all products will give you a percentage of efficiency, for example:
94%, but what does this actually mean?
A simple way to think of it is Energy In versus Energy
Out. That 94% we mention above could be thought of as follows: For every
1 unit of energy put into the system, 0.94 units of energy are actually
used to heat your home. Any percentage of efficiency below 100% means
that you are getting less energy out than you put in and any percentage
of efficiency above 100% means that you are getting out more energy than
you put in. In the case of a furnace, that would mean that for every 1
unit of fossil fuel that the system burns, 0.94 units of heat are
released into your home.
This means that with a fossil fuel system, the more
you spend, the more you lose. Here’s an example:
Let’s assume that you are using 100 gallons of propane per month to heat
your home. A propane furnace will operate at a maximum of 94% efficient.
In one month, only 94 of those gallons you burn go into heating your
home, the other 6 are wasted.
That would mean that, every month, you are losing 6
gallons of propane that you purchased from your energy provider. Every
two months would be 12 gallons lost and every three months would be 18
gallons lost. If you assume that you heat your home for 4 months out of
the year and the system lasts for 15 years, you would lose a total of
360 gallons of propane.
Well, what does this all mean? It means that you are
losing money every day because of an inefficient heating system. Let’s
take a look at the same example with an Acadia™:
Let’s assume that you are using 100 kilowatt-hours of
electricity per month to heat your home. In very cold climates, an
average efficiency for the Acadia™ would be 280%. So, for every kilowatt
of electricity you put in, you get 2.80 units of heat out.
With this type of operating efficiency, you save more
when you spend more. Using 100 kilowatts of electricity would generate
280 units of heat and you would be effectively gaining 180 units of heat
simply through the operating efficiency of the unit.
By using the highly efficient Opti-Cycle™ Technology
in the Acadia™, you are able to make the most of the energy you’re
buying to heat your home.
The Bottom Line: Cost
The big comparison here is the bottom line: cost. What
will it cost to operate an Acadia™ versus a fossil fuel system? Using
the efficiencies and energy prices above, we can come up with the
following estimated seasonal heating costs:
* Based on a COP of 2.80 and electricity costs of 10 cents per KWH
** Based on an operating efficiency of 94% and propane prices of $1.90
That’s a savings of 52% simply by using an Acadia™ instead of a
fossil fuel burner.
Hands down the Acadia™ will deliver clean, efficient and cost
effective comfort to your home.
- Independent of Volatile Fossil Fuel Market
- Green, Eco-Friendly Solution
- Significantly More Efficient, up to 300%
- Provides Both Heating and Cooling
- Lower Maintenance
- Reduce Carbon Footprint by 5,000-7,000 lbs of Carbon by Year
- Operating Cost up to 60% Less
- Safe Operation: No Flame Required
- No Chimney, Oil Drum or Direct Vent Needed
- Consistent Comfortable Heat
- No Gas Lines Required
*Based on $0.10 per kWh as compared to an oil furnace
with oil at $2.88/gallon. This is intended as an example only. Various
factors including but not limited to home construction, insulation and
home location will determine actual savings over other heating systems.