Geothermal’s Top 10 Takeaways


If you don’t know anything else about geothermal heating and cooling, know this – especially if you’re looking into redoing your current home’s HVAC system or wondering what to put into the new home you’re having constructed:
  1. Geothermal HVAC systems are some of the most environmentally friendly on the market. Their relatively simple technology makes use of subterranean temperatures to provide your home with winter heat and summer cooling. Thus, your home and the earth are always in sync, bonded together in a unique – and uniquely harmonious – home-earth symbiosis. Sound a little too showy? All it means is that, with geothermal heating and cooling, your home isn’t “messing” with the natural order of things. Instead, it’s becoming a “nicer” part of the environment.
  2. Geothermal HVAC systems pass muster as “renewable energy technology.” Certainly, they run off of electricity. But they don’t need much of it for all the advantages you get. Just one unit of electricity can transfer as much as five units of natural heating or cooling from the earth to your home.
  3. Geothermal HVAC systems are much more efficient than solar (photovoltaic) or wind power technologies. The truth of the matter is, solar and wind technologies, whatever the pull of their “renewability,” devour four times more kilowatt-hours of electricity per dollar spent than geothermal systems.
  4. Geothermal HVAC systems won’t leave as much of a physical footprint in your yard as you might expect. Don’t have much yard space to begin with? No bombshell there: most home lots in and elsewhere anymore occupy a relatively meager]55] piece of real-estate. {{The good news is, the polyethylene piping required for the geothermal earth loops doesn’t have to be buried horizontally. It can be dug in vertically and run as deep as 100 to 400 feet. Hardly any above-ground surface is necessary at any rate, whether vertical, horizontal, open (well water), or pond loops are installed. Result? You can keep your little patch of paradise a whole lot greener.
  5. Geothermal HVAC systems are amazingly quiet. Every part of a geothermal system is designed and engineered to run significantly quieter than conventional gas furnaces, heat pumps, or air conditioners. Even better, there’s no outside unit, so you and your neighbors are spared the irritation of fans, belts, and compressors whirring, whining, and rattling away at all hours!
  6. Geothermal HVAC systems are long-term heating and cooling solutions, designed and engineered to last for generations. Current geothermal technology, manufacturing guidelines, and installation procedures insure ground loops of impressive longevity and heat-exchange equipment that will continue working flawlessly for decades. It helps, of course, that the heat-exchange equipment is protected indoors. At least, when it does sooner or later need repairing or replacing, you won’t likely be swapping out the ground, well, or pond loops along with it. So replacement costs can be relatively low.
  7. Geothermal HVAC systems need only simple and infrequent maintenance. The earth loops, as previously described, are designed to hold up for generations, and when appropriately buried, will do so without any need for intervention. Fans, compressors, and pumps, kept safe indoors from weather extremes, necessitate only sporadic scrutiny as well as periodic filter changes and a yearly coil cleaning.
  8. Geothermal HVAC systems are as proficient in cooling as they are in heating. The old idea that geothermal HVAC systems don’t cool as well as they heat has been substantially put to pastureed by continuing enhancements in the manufacture of geothermal technology.
  9. Geothermal HVAC systems can be adjusted to multitask. Okay, so you’ve determined you want to heat your home’s water geothermally. But can a geothermal system provide ambient heat for your home as well? And what if you have a swimming pool? Rest easy. Today’s systems can handle it all and handle it all at once, with no favoring of one task over another.
  10. Geothermal HVAC systems are becoming a lot more affordable – even without federal and local tax incentives. Congress has yet to reinstate federal tax credits for geothermal heating and cooling that ended December 31, 2016. Still, a number of factors – material and technological improvements, new installation practices, and rising competition in the marketplace, for the most part – are helping to better correlate geothermal solutions with the cost of more established heating and cooling methods.
 
Contact the geothermal professionals at Geothermal North today. They’ll explain in detail the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling so you can make the wisest decision for your home.