If you’re looking for heating-system upgrades to keep out the Indianapolis winter chill more effectively, getting to know the latest HVAC trends can help you make smart choices.

Home-Energy Monitors

Home-energy monitors collect data on your home’s energy use to help you spot ways to save. They range from small plug-in units that provide basic information to whole-house units that track the energy use of all your appliances and electronics and then compile the information into helpful charts and graphs. Wi-Fi-enabled models show information in real time as well as daily, weekly, and monthly totals. With this information, you’ll be able to see where energy is going to waste and take steps to correct the problem.

Radiant Floor Heating

Underfloor radiant heating isn’t new, but it is one of today’s growing HVAC trends thanks to its ability to keep a home even cozier than a typical forced-air system — and often at a lower cost. These systems come in two main types: hydronic, which uses pipes filled with hot water, and electronic, which uses heating cables. Both types can be retrofit into an existing home. While hydronic systems are considerably more energy-efficient, you’ll need a source of hot water to run one. In most homes, that’s a boiler, but for even greater efficiency, consider a geothermal system.

Eco-Friendly Duct Wrap

If you use forced-air heating, good duct insulation helps ensure the warm air from your furnace makes it all the way to your farthest rooms, instead of disappearing into your attic or basement. If your duct insulation is due for an upgrade, now is a good time to consider one of the new HVAC trends in the form of healthier, greener alternatives to traditional fiberglass. Modern cotton duct wraps are low in harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that could leak into your air, not to mention that products made from recycled cotton help cut down on the amount of waste headed for landfills.

Ready to take advantage of today’s HVAC trends to upgrade your home’s heating system? Then contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing in the Indianapolis area.