Acadia™ vs Fossil Fuels:


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.

Environmentally Responsible

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 year long.

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 per gallon.

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.